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Russ and Daughters

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Appetizing Store located in the Lower East Side

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Lower East Side
Market, Food & Drink

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In 1968, Milton Glaser wrote a New York Magazine article entitled, “A Gentile’s Guide to Jewish Food Part I: The Appetizing Store,” in which he described this category of comestibles as “an impressive array of ready-to-eat pickled, smoked and salted fish, fish and vegetable salads, sour pickles, tomatoes, peppers, sauerkraut, a variety of breads and rolls, dried fruits, nuts and candies.” If Glaser was not using Russ and Daughters Appetizing as the model for his archetype, he may as well have been.

Russ and Daughters has been a staple in New York’s Lower East Side since 1914, and according to New York Times Magazine’s Alex Witchel, Russ and Daughters “is to ‘appetizing’ what Second Avenue was to deli.” Indeed, for almost one hundred years, the family-run business has been educating the public on the difference between “appetizers” and “appetizing,” and what a glorious learning experience it has been. Most people...

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Peter Haffner

Russ and Daughters has been around forever, but they manage to stay relevant. I love the Super Heebster sandwich. It combines Old World and Diasporic Jewish culture with contemporary ideas about cuisine. (March, 2011)

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