Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
For a while, I was scared of bagels. Breakfast was most of the time, bagel with a fried egg. (Mother&Co. had to make breakfast and lunch for 4 kids — I can’t blame her.) Then I started really liking bagels once I discovered cream cheese. Cinnamon raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese was my fourth grade discovery, as I had seen a classmate with it at lunch time. Our family loves fresh Muesli bagels with raisins from Longos. That is something we just eat plain because it’s so good. (And by good, I mean tastes almost like a New York bagel. The right chew thanks to the gluten.)
Up at Columbia, Absolute Bagel was a hop away. My goodness, I finally knew why New Yorkers were obsessed with bagels. (I’ll do a review on Absolute because it deserves its own post.)
But lox and cream cheese is something I never bothered to try. Smoked salmon, from the few times I did have it, was always too fishy to taste.
I decided I just needed to have a cream cheese and lox bagel from Russ & Daughters. I read all the Yelp reviews, looked through their pictures and then proceeded to go on FourSquare to save it on my to-do list. It made me nervous to read about the lines and the frantic pace in there. I better get my order right before I go there, I thought.