Panos hadn't heard about this place so I was happy to be in-the-know about a foodie destination after he'd taken me to the first bar ever in the United States, Mamoun's Falafel and gave me the hot tip about a snazzy pizza joint. Also, Cathy of the Gastronomer had not failed me with her doughnut recommendation that I loved so dearly so I had a feeling she was on to something.
Russ and Daughters are purveyors of smoked fish, which can be a little intense first thing in the morning, but then again, what isn't intense in New York City?
Smoked Salmon Harem
I eyed the caviar and horseradish cream cheeses, but didn't have the gumption for such intense flavors first thing in the morning. I'll be honest, I kind of wussed out this time.
Cream Cheese Eye Candy
I'll fess up. I didn't get some crazy Danish double smoked organic salmon with caviar cream cheese like I told myself I would get beforehand. Nope, I just got the lox cream cheese with tomatoes and onions on a poppy seed bagel. Kind of boring for a place like Russ and Daughters and especially boring next to Pano's bagel stacked with bright pink fish, but my sammie was a damn good chewy bagel with a creamy, tangy and salty - but not an overly fishy - center. My morning hunger pangs faded followed by pangs of buyer's remorse. Next time I go back, I will order something with huge chunks of pink smoked salmon. Mark my words.
Schmear Goodness Inside: I really was Jewish in my past life
Russ & Daughters
179 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002