After 102 years on the Lower East Side, Russ & Daughters, the landmark New York City appetizing shop and restaurant, has opened a location on the Upper East Side at the Jewish Museum, the preeminent U.S. institution exploring art and Jewish culture for over 110 years.
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is a kosher 60-seat, sit-down restaurant and a take-out appetizing counter on the Museum’s lower level. The restaurant is now open, and the appetizing counter will open soon. The space was designed by Galia Solomonoff of Solomonoff Architecture Studio and features a large mural by celebrated artist Maira Kalman.
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum offers a selection of classic appetizing foods, including: smoked fish platters, Russ & Daughters bagels and bialys, knishes, herring, salads, soups, egg creams, cocktails, and classic desserts such as babka. The appetizing counter will offer traditional smoked fish and spreads by the pound, as well as bagel sandwiches prepared for take-out.
The space blends the inspiration of the iconic Russ & Daughters appetizing shop and cafe with the Jewish Museum’s landmark building on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street. The previous cafe interior was stripped away to reveal the original vaulted clay tile ceiling, masonry walls, and window openings, creating a generous space within which to bring in Russ & Daughters’ signature look and feel through the careful selection of materials, form, and color.
Artist Maira Kalman has created a large-scale mural to celebrate this new partnership. Spanning a 20-foot wall in the restaurant, the mural, called In This Life, There Was Very Much (2015), is an assemblage of 120 vignettes and small scenes reflecting the artist’s appreciation of good food and shared human pleasure.
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is kosher, supervised by National Kosher Supervision, under the auspices of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman.
Initially, Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is open Sunday – Wednesday 11AM – 5:45PM, Thursday 11AM – 8PM, Friday 11AM-4PM with plans to expand operating hours.