Review: Russ & Sons – Inspired by Russ & Daughters Cafe in NYC

My parents are great, but if Russ and Daughters needed a son… you know how to reach me. You don’t need me to tell you how famous this shop and now group of restaurants are because like it’s neighbor Katz, these places are institutions. And we like food institutions.

Now, if you didn’t grow up eating bagels and lox with your family, I’m not sure this place is going to hit like the freight truck it did to me. But! That’s a great risk we can all find comfort in. What if it does work out? The bagels are fresh and delicately toasted. The fish is cut just the way you want it (thin). And the accoutrements are there for compounding what could be the best bagel experience in the world. Can you taste tradition and history? Whether it’s the hype or a New Yorkers bias, I don’t type away in my notes app for just any random bagel shop. This is the stuff of legends and I won’t even start telling you about the potato pancakes and salmon roe with crème friche because you’re here for one reason and that’s to high five your ancestors through a plate of food. And if you can do that for less than $30, that’s a value for you and me.

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