Culinary Field Notes: Russ & Daughters
Plated recipe editor Jennifer En may love her job in general, but once a month, her belly thanks her big time for her career choices. Read her account of one of the perks of being on Plated’s Culinary team—going on a monthly outing to explore NYC’s diverse food scene.
Plated recipe editor Jennifer En may love her job in general, but once a month, her belly thanks her big time for her career choices. Below, find her account of one of the perks of being on Plated’s Culinary team—going on a monthly outing to explore NYC’s diverse food scene to inform the eclectic recipes that you choose weekly. Reader be warned—you may get jealous.
Russ & Daughters is a family-run institution that first opened its doors in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York in 1914. The proprietor, Joe Russ, started the business as a way to serve Jewish immigrants who were settling in the area. More than a century later, it has expanded to include a charming café nearby where the Culinary team gathered recently to try some classic menu items: hearty rye bread and soft bialys, chocolatey babka French toast, and creamy scrambled eggs with lox.
Of course we felt it was only fit to also share a dish (er, two) of the restaurant’s famous latkes, a Jewish specialty of fried potato pancakes. Crispy on the outside and tender inside, they truly are the stuff of dreams—and you should definitely look for an equally delectable version on one of our upcoming menus. And not for nothing, but the legendary nova smoked salmon also set off more than a few light bulbs at the table.
Happily, this gathering served the dual purpose of being our monthly food fest and a surprise bridal shower for Chef Suz’s upcoming nuptials. Our bride-to-be, who has made no secret of her obsession with all things brothy, naturally asked for another menu favorite: matzo ball soup. We can’t think of a better way to send a girl off into marital bliss than with one of New York’s best bowls of soup.
Exterior photo: Courtesy of Russ and Daughters Cafe