RUSS & DAUGHTERS @ THE JEWISH MUSEUM
When I return to New York City, there is nothing I crave more than a bagel, nova, tomato, onion and a smear sandwich. Fortunately, one of the oldest and best spots opened near me on the UES, so I don't have to cross Central Park and go to Barney Greengrass (also great). Russ & Daughters started from humble beginnings in 1914 when Polish immigrant, Joel Russ, opened his first shop on Orchard Street (moving in 1920 to its current location on E. Houston). It is only fitting that this food purveyor opened up in the venerable Jewish Museum, also which opened its doors to the public in the early 1900's. Both institutions are redefining themselves as younger, hipper versions of themselves without veering far from their century-old missions. Sit down and order at the modern cafe, or do appetizing takeout ... up to you! The Jewish Museum Director, Claudia Gould, is serving up great contemporary art, but also tipping her hat to the incredible heritage of the institution. Come for the fish and stay for the art and artifacts. Oh, and if you haven't been to Russ & Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard opened by the 4th generation Russ's also in 2014, you should check it out too. Word is ... Brooklyn is next!