Russ & Daughters

Top choice food in East Village & Lower East Side

Since 1914 this much-loved deli has served up Eastern European Jewish delicacies, such as caviar, herring, sturgeon and, of course, lox. Perhaps the high-water mark of New York's Jewish delis, it's a great place to load up for a picnic or stock your fridge with breakfast goodies. Foodies, history buffs and interior designers will love it.

A Russ & Daughters Cafe with sit-down service is close by on Orchard St, but it's just as pleasant to order your 'shtetl' (or other choice of stuffed bagel or bialy) and eat in nearby Sara D Roosevelt Park.

Polish immigrant Joel Russ, whose energy and determination built the deli from nothing, made the touching (because in 1936 unusual) decision to make his daughters Hattie, Ida and Anne full partners, renaming the business.