Museum Food Part 4: The Jewish Museum / Russ & Daughters
Museum Food Part 4
So far we’ve focused primarily on art and almost exclusively on modern and contemporary museums (and the delicious restaurants that they house).
But this city is not only made up of art, but it carries a considerable amount of history and culture (and of course food). So today we are taking you to one of our favorite culture and history museums – The Jewish Museum, and the recently opened outpost of one of our favorite Jewish delis, Russ And Daughters.
Actually, we lied. There is some modern art on display, in particular a Mark Rothko that we are completely obsessed with. In general though the museum serves to explore the origin and history of the Jewish culture and faith. Starting on the 4th floor and 4000 years ago, you can trace the history, accomplishments and travails of the Jewish people all the way down to the ground level.
It is in these lower levels where we get a glimpse of some of the amazing modern art put forth by Jewish artists responding to the atrocities of the Second World War.
Beyond the permanent collection, the museum does an amazing job of curating exhibitions which cover art, culture, fashion and design. We are particularly excited for the soon to open Isaac Mizrahi exhibition scheduled to open later this month.
It is also here in the lobby where we can now eat at a brand new, yet 100 year old institution: Russ and Daughters.
The original Russ and Daughters is the consummate Jewish Deli which has been serving some of the best bagels and smoked fish to the denizens of the Lower East Side for a little more than 100 years.
A couple of years ago (I guess once they thought they really had a handle on what they were doing ;) the owners decided to expand and open up the Russ And Daughters Café – a sit down restaurant which has been garnering accolades ever since.
And this year Russ and Daughters has expanded yet again into the lower floor of the Jewish Museum with a restaurant and a take out counter (and look for another outpost coming soon the Brooklyn Naval Yards).
After taking in the masterfully curated permanent collection and perhaps peeking in on some of the varied and interesting exhibitions you can now take a seat and treat yourself to some of the best smoked fish platters, bagels and bialys, knishes, herring, salads, soups, egg creams, and classic desserts such as babka - that the city has to offer.
Although Russ and Daughters has been around for a very long time, the space for this new incarnation (much like their Café) feels clean, modern and inviting (just how we like it ;).
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128