Do you love smoked fish and live in New York City? If so, you’re lucky, because the smoked salmon tartar, and whitefish and baked salmon salads, and sable and herring Chubs—not to mention the gefilte fish that Oliver Sacks spent his last days dreaming about—at Russ & Daughters are within your very easy grasp.
The purveyors of the mouth-watering, sea-based appetizers first opened here in 1914; in 2014, the business blessed the Lower East Side with a Russ & Daughters Cafe. And now, those same sliced fish selections, schmears, and bagels are coming, for the very first time, to Brooklyn.
As DNAinfo reports, Russ & Daughters Brooklyn will set up shop in the Navy Yard’s building 77, a one-million-square-foot “underused storage space” currently getting a $185 million upgrade to host future tech and design businesses.
Russ & Daughters’ 14,000-square-foot ground-floor space will be part of a planned food hall set to open in winter 2017. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and traditional baked goods (babkas! black-and-white cookies!) for Navy Yard businesses and passers-by, Russ & Daughters Brooklyn will also have a production facility and shipping center to whole-sale stock retail locations nationwide.
Do you love smoked fish so much that you want to learn how to make it? Sweet, you can also sign up for planned Russ & Daughters Navy Yard cooking classes. Ok, last question: Are you so into gefilte fish that you will do anything to hang out around it, as often as possible? No problem. According to DNAinfo, Navy Yard is in search of more vendors for the market hall, vendors whose neighbor will be Russ & Daughters. Think about it. That vendor could be you. (And if so, check out this page for more info.)