On the heels of last week's newsletter when we reported that Lox Cafe in The Jewish Museum on the Upper East recently closed down, we now know who will be taking it's place. The word is out that the 100-year landmark known as Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side will be opening a cafe in the lower level of The Jewish Museum in early 2015. This is big news since unlike Russ & Daughters’ other locations, this will be the first time in over a century that they will be under rabbinical supervision. The new place with seating for 75 and a retail counter, will serve a mix of items both new and old, ranging from smoked fish and bagels, to the salads, egg creams, and knishes that have been such a hit at the Lower East Side cafe. The supervision has not been announced but we are following up with a few of the possibilities. As soon as we know, we will update this post.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Jewish Museum. It's a great shidduch (match). As stewards of New York culture and Jewish culture, both of our institutions appreciate that our role in preserving tradition also means embracing change," Niki Russ Federman, 4th Generation owner of Russ & Daughters, told Jspace News. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum will be open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 11am to 5:45 pm; Wednesday from 11am to 3pm; and Thursday 11am to 8pm. Museum admission won't be required for entry. The café and limited take-out retail will be accessible to museum visitors and the general public.
The Jewish Museum address is 1109 Fifth Avenue (92nd Street).