Restaurant Decor That Pays Tribute to Tradition

Russ & Daughters Cafe's white trimmed exterior with blue awning creates an inviting restaurant front.

Russ & Daughters Cafe's white trimmed exterior with blue awning creates an inviting restaurant front.

My first time at Russ & Daughters Cafe in New York was on Christmas Eve 2014.  I couldn't fly home to the West Coast.  As my boyfriend and I searched for place to eat breakfast, we came upon Russ & Daughters.  It was one of the few restaurants that were open early in the morning on Christmas Eve.  As a member of the tribe, he'd eaten at this Jewish delicatessen before and ordered for the two of us.  Each dish was superb.  Christmas brunch is now our little tradition at this charming restaurant. 

From the moment I first stepped foot inside the doors, I fell in love with its retro pharmaceutical design.  The clinical white walls and countertops are met with charming signs above the bar and booths.  In a sea of hipster restaurants with wood accents and chalkboard walls, it's nice to see a restaurant pay tribute to tradition.  While the cafe was recently renovated, Russ & Daughters has been open since 1914.  That's over 100 years of heritage in serving New York diners.

The late 1940s, early 1950s retro decor gives off major charm.

The late 1940s, early 1950s retro decor gives off major charm.

The matte grey booths allow the food at Russ & Daughters to standout.

The matte grey booths allow the food at Russ & Daughters to standout.

Baskets of fresh bagels hang above the kitchen for chefs to grab quickly.

Baskets of fresh bagels hang above the kitchen for chefs to grab quickly.

Russ & Daughters is famous for their spreads.  From smoked salmon to blintzes, you can't go wrong.

Russ & Daughters is famous for their spreads.  From smoked salmon to blintzes, you can't go wrong.

Their array of freshly made bagels from sesame seed to everything bagels will make you want to get a dozen to take back home.

Their array of freshly made bagels from sesame seed to everything bagels will make you want to get a dozen to take back home.

The backlit pharmaceutical inspired signs hanging above tables and booths pair perfectly with the sconces hanging high above. 

The backlit pharmaceutical inspired signs hanging above tables and booths pair perfectly with the sconces hanging high above. 

Their main menu cocktail menu are renowned for their beautiful graphic design.

Their main menu cocktail menu are renowned for their beautiful graphic design.

This sign remained from a prior renovation to the restaurant.

This sign remained from a prior renovation to the restaurant.

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