In the June issue of Men’s Health, Anthony Bourdain writes about “13 Places to Eat Before You Die,” and he includes Russ & Daughters on his short list – among the likes of the esteemed El Bulli, The French Laundry, Per Se, St. John, Le Bernardin, Salumi and a few other gems around the world.
Any seasoned traveler can tell you that the “best” meals on the planet are the result of an ephemeral confluence of circumstances. A table at the most expensive restaurant in the world does not guarantee a truly great meal. That said, if you’re planning on dying in the near future and want to knock off a list of final, glorious dining experiences, these places would make a very respectable binge. Start with one. Make a reservation today. Go on an empty stomach. Trust me: This is livin’.
8. Russ & Daughters
(New York City)
Russ & Daughters started as a pushcart nearly a century ago, and it now serves some of the last traditional Eastern European Jewish-style herring and belly lox, smoked sable, and sturgeon. And since you’re close, walk down a few doors to Katz’s to remind yourself how pastrami is done right. This is what New Yorkers do better than anybody else. And here’s where they do it.
The article gives fantastic reasons to try each of his picks. The complete list:
1. St John (London)
2. elBulli (Girona, Spain)
3. The French Laundry (Napa Valley, California)
4. Per Se (New York City)
5. Sin Huat Eating House (Singapore)
6. Le Bernardin (New York City)
7. Salumi (Seattle)
8. Russ & Daughters (New York City)
9. Katz’s Delicatessen (New York City)
10. Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
11. Sukiyabashi Jiro (Tokyo)
12. Hot Doug’s (Chicago)
13. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue (Kansas City, Kansas)
- Jen Snow