Russ & Daughters Cafe
At the top of any list of New York City
's contributions to American cuisine would have to be the dishes rooted in the Lower East Side when it was home to Jewish immigrants: matzo-ball soup, bagels with lox, and whitefish salad. Among the businesses that have done the most to preserve and promote those specialties are Russ & Daughters, which first opened in 1914 and has been in its current incarnation on East Houston Street since 1920. It is still run by the Russ family, four generations later. In 2014, the shop opened a café as well, not far away on Orchard Street. The decor is retro, and the cuisine is too—in a good way. Latkes, chopped liver, and pickled herring on pumpernickel are a few of the entrées. You'll want to leave room for desserts like the challah pudding, blintzes, and rugelach.