A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 14, 2014
The Louvre of Lox (Russ & Daughters nickname)

Russ & Daughters is an appetizing store located at 179 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, that opened in 1914. The Sunday Times of London on December 22, 2002, dubbed Russ & Daughters “The Louvre of lox.” (The Louvre is a world-famous museum in Paris.)

Russ & Daughters has also been called “The House that Herring Built.”


Wikipedia: Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters is an appetizing store opened in 1914. It is located at 179 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. A family-operated store, it has been at the same location since 1914.

Russ & Daughters
22 December 2002
The Sunday Times of London
Troubled Stars Find Comfort in Caviar
By Dominic Rushe
Anybody who is anybody buys their smoked salmon from Russ & Daughters. The shop, which first opened its doors on the lower east side of Manhattan in 1914, is the Louvre of lox. Russ’s is a tiny shop with a big staff. White mosaic floors and wall of pictures showing every Russ ever to slice salmon complete the shop’s old-fashioned look. But it is the food that people come for. Rose- pink Alaska belly lox, sunset-red Wild Western Nova, caviar, housed-cured herrings. With so much fine food coming through its doors, it’s no wonder that Russ’s is a magnet for the Manhattan’s muckety-mucks. Mark Russ Federman, grandson of the shop’s founder, Joel Russ, has been running the shop since 1978 and is unarguably the world’s best-connected smoked-salmon seller. The holidays season has been hell, says Federman. “We just can’t keep up." People who wouldn’t wait in line for an audience with the Queen queue quietly out the door to get into Russ’s.

Google Books
Not Buying It:
My Year Without Shopping

By Judith Levine
New York, NY: Free Press
2006
Pg. 242:
Everything purveyed by this venerated Lower East Side establishment (“the Louvre of Lox,” the Times of London called it) two doors down Houston Street from Bronfeld Myron Foam Rubber Cut to Order is the most superfluous of superfluities.

Twitter
Marcus Gilroy-Ware
‏@mjgw
Bagels from the “Louvre of lox.” Oh yes. If I lived in NYC this is all I’d eat. http://www.russanddaughters.com/
8:42 AM - 21 Apr 2013

Specialty Food Magazine (July-August 2013)
Russ & Daughters:
A New York Institution

Approaching its 100th birthday, this authentic Jewish appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side looks to bridge the past and future under the direction of its fourth generation of owners.
By DENISE PURCELL
It’s been called a national treasure, a living museum, the House that Herring Built and the Louvre of Lox, but it is most often referred to as a New York institution. Russ & Daughters has operated for nearly a century on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In a neighborhood where dozens of similar merchants once flourished, it is one of the few old-style appetizing stores that still exists in the city, specializing in smoked and cured fish, caviar, bagels, baked goods and food gifts.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Friday, March 14, 2014 • Permalink