My favorited series highlights the restaurants, stalls, markets, and any other kinds of food purveyors that make the top of my list for the best of what they offer in this city. Bo’s Bagels was a welcome addition to the Harlem Bagel Desert, I’ve lived in for 10 years, and they do a damn fine job. They may not be the best bagels in the city, but they are my favorites.
Although, there are few foods more associated with New York City than the classic: bagel & lox, there are limited vendors in this city that provide the true authentic treat, especially the way that Russ & Daughters does. They're known, not only for the quality of their fish, but also for how expertly thin they're able to slice their smoked fish! And as a woman, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that in an age of '& Sons' he was the first to add his daughters to his legacy! So, if you're interested in learning some more about the great Russ & Daughters institution, check out this event from the Gotham Center. Thanks to Justin Ferate for the email info!
"Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Elebash Recital Hall
When Joel Russ started peddling herring from a barrel shortly after his arrival in America from Poland, he could not have imagined that he was witnessing the birth of a gastronomic legend. Here is the story of this "Louvre of lox" from its humble beginnings through the Great Depression, the food rationing of World War II, the passing of the torch to the next generation just as the flight from the Lower East Side to the suburbs was beginning, the heartbreaking years of neighborhood blight, and the almost miraculous renaissance of an area from which hundreds of other family-owned stores had fled. Filled with delightful anecdotes about how a ferociously hardworking family turned a passion for selling perfectly smoked and pickled fish into an institution with a devoted international clientele, Mark Russ Federman's reminiscences combine a heartwarming and triumphant immigrant saga with a panoramic history of twentieth-century New York, a meditation on the creation and selling of gourmet food by a family that has mastered this art, and an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little but crazy on the subject of fish. To register for this event, click here ( http://gothamcenter.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=YrtCUwAWAAEAACJ0AAbGpQ ) ."