Om Nomz Hero note to Self: the smell of smoked salmon is the only smell that is stronger than stripper perfume, lingers over you hours afterwards
Another positive of being an early riser: heading over to Russ and Daughters before the line out the door and there so many people in there you cannot even see the counter. This is bad on a summer afternoon by the way, sweaty people + fish? Hell no.
Get to Russ and Daughters before 11 is a calm experience and allows you to linger a bit and if you get a sandwich, the benches out front are empty and you can relax a bit and down a sandwich.
There sandwiches are not cheap, and can be done up on a bagel or bialy but they stack it up like paper in a rap song and you will get your money's worth. I usually always go for the Super Heebster, not just because it sounds like delicious superhero, but it is equally tasty: whitefish and baked salmon salad, horseradish dill cream cheese (a good schmear of course) and my favorite part of this sandwich, a generous heaping of wasabi flying fish roe. I could be content with just the cream cheese and roe and half a pack of stale crackers and call it a meal. The wasabi in the roe gives it a light green tint and just enough kick to tickle the nose. I usually get it on a bialy but it can be a hit or miss on how the bialy taste. If you are not feeling lazy, do as per suggestion of Eddie Huang says and get buy up all the ingredients and buy your prefer carb of choice elsewhere and make it at home but ehh, Ess-a-bagel is too far from the Lower East.
Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002