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About Lox Populi and Russ & Daughters


Lox Populi is the place to head for daily updates about all things related to Russ & Daughters: bits of history, tastes of new treats, recipes, customer stories, traditions, anecdotes, kvetching, and kvelling.

But we can’t do it without the lox and we can’t do it without the people. So, please send us your stories and photos. Tell us about that time you met your spouse while waiting here, all morning, in a holiday line. Show us exactly what you are going to do with the six pounds of sturgeon you just ordered. Explain the incident, in 1955, with the herring barrel. Talk about the time you tried to work on your slicing skills. Share the ways you prepare bagel sandwiches at home. We want to know who you eat with, what you have, how it all happens, and why you keep coming back. And we want to feature your stories here on our blog.

Send your submissions, questions, and comments to info(@)russanddaughters.com or to Jen Snow: jen(@)russanddaughters.com, and visit the rest of our site to shop and to learn about all things appetizing.

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Purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods, Russ & Daughters is New York’s premier appetizing shop. Since 1914, this landmark New York institution has been continuously owned and operated by four generations of the Russ family. In the same spot on East Houston Street, and run by the same family, for nearly a century, Russ & Daughters continues to provide the tastes, traditions, and old-world class of a true New York experience.

When Joel Russ started peddling herring from a barrel and a pushcart, could he have imagined a time when the fourth generation of the Russ family would walk, daily, into a landmark appetizing shop hailed by the Smithsonian Institution, the National Register of Historic Places (as part of the Lower East Side district), The New York Times, Gourmet, Martha Stewart, NPR, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Vogue – among many esteemed others – for its contribution to New York’s culinary and historical landscape?

Joel Russ, an Eastern European immigrant who arrived in America in 1907, started the business from a pushcart to cater to the throngs of Jewish immigrants settling in New York’s Lower East Side district. In 1920, he opened his store at 179 East Houston Street, after a few years of operating out of a storefront around the corner. In 1933, he renamed the business “Russ & Daughters,” after his three daughters who joined him in the business. Mark Russ Federman succeeded as the 3rd Generation, and is now retired, and at work on his forthcoming memoir, “The House That Herring Built” (to be published by Schocken/Knopf). The business is now owned and operated by the 4th Generation of the Russ family: Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper.