Before Russ & Daughters was a world-famous deli and New York icon, it was a pushcart selling schmaltz herring out of a barrel.

No food is more quintessentially New York than bagels and lox, and smoked-fish mecca Russ & Daughters has been in the game for over 100 years. With over 1,000 reviews on Yelp and a near perfect rating, this NYC staple has continued to impress patrons and critics alike for decades.

Joel Russ arrived in America in 1907 from a small village in what’s today Poland. It took him about seven years to work his way up from the barrel, to pushcart, to horse and wagon and then finally, a storefront — what’s now Russ & Daughters. Read more…

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100 years of iconic New York eats: How Russ & Daughters made their way to the top, and stayed there