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Jan 21, 2011 02:50 PM

Russ & Daughters Take-out for Hotel Room Breakfast?

I absolutely love smoked fish so I have been reading about Russ & Daughters with great interest. We're visiting NYC next weekend but it's not on our itinerary to be near there during a regular meal time. We will be having an early dinner right around the corner one evening, however, so I had an idea to carry out something for breakfast the next morning. We're staying in Times Square and we do have a mini-fridge.

Any ideas on how best to accomplish this? I'm worried that their bagels might go stale by morning and a sandwich might get too soggy anyway. Is there a decent bagel around 45th and 6th Ave I could pick up in the morning, or can their lox and/or whitefish salad survive a Starbucks bagel? Any suggestions appreciated!

Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. I beg you not to buy a Starbucks bagel.

    Get the stuff from R&D but don't get made sandwiches. Get the stuff separately and do you own thing in the morning with the supplies.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      How's Times Square Hot Bagels? Looks close by and at least they'd be fresher than the R&D bagels from the night before.

      Times Square Hot Bagels
      200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

      1. re: jaschultze

        They are pretty decent bagels. Not the best but far from the worst. They would definitely seem to be the best option.

        1. re: jaschultze

          Just get a good bagel from R&D - one night is not going to make a difference. It's like 12 hours.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Disagree. Bagels have a very short shelf life. I'd rather a fresh bagel than a day old one.

            1. re: ESNY

              From my experience, if well-wrapped, a really good, fresh bagel -- which the ones sold at Russ definitely are -- will be fine the next day or even two days later, especially when toasted. Of course, if the bagel starts out being mediocre....

              Russ & Daughters photos:


              1. re: RGR

                Since the OP is staying in a hotel, I doubt they'll have toaster access, unfortunately!

                1. re: kathryn

                  You're probably right about the hotel. However, I was really responding to ESNY's contention that bagels "have a very short shelf life."


              2. re: ESNY

                I totally agree w/ you, ESNY. In fact I thought I didn't like bagels until I tasted fresh ones. To me, there's a huge difference between a 30-min old bagel and a 2-hour old bagel, forget about a day-old one.

            2. re: jaschultze

              Totally agree with Times Square Hot Bagels -- also think it's better than WF bagels.

              Times Square Hot Bagels
              200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

          2. Speaking of R&D, this stuff sounds awesome. Anyone tried it? ...

            1. Honey, just stop worrying and take a cab back the next morning!!!! How often will you have this chance-it's on a few frickn bucks and you can have a nice brunch type meal on the benches outside Russ and Daughters the next morning!!! BTW they have the best dried apricots-the ones from Calif.!!

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              1. re: UES Mayor

                I wish I could but it's just not practical for us. It's not the money at all -- I am travelling with a 13 yo on his first trip to NYC. The day in question we have a full itinerary, starting at around 8 a.m and ending in theater. I just can't manage squeezing in a downtown breakfast, too -- I thought I was being clever even thinking of this!

                1. re: jaschultze

                  I still say go for it.
                  R&D nova would taste great on room service wonder bread toast. It will still taste great even if the bagel is not as good as it could be. Just add more nova!

                  And you could walk over to H&H early in the am. Bit of a walk though from 6th to 11th.
                  639 West 46th Street, New York.

                  1. re: jaschultze

                    Walk over to the Carnegie Deli and buy some bagels.

                    Carnegie Deli
                    854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                2. Buy the smoked fish from R&D the day before then order a toasted bagel from room service?

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                  1. re: peter j

                    Great suggestion Get the bagel from Room Service. It will come toasted and probably be from one of the above spots that were mentioned anyway.

                    Room Service
                    166 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                  2. Whole Foods, and Pick a Bagel are both nearby.

                    The previously mentioned Carnegie would probably sell you a bagel too.

                    Unfortunately the R&D bagels are not known for keeping long, but the rest of your food will be fine, and they sell the special bags for keeping food cool, if needed. Avoid that Starbucks bagel though!

                    An alternative idea would be to buy sliced pumpernickle bread and take a different approach.
                    Speaking of which, AQ Cafe and Bakery is nearby which is Scandinavian, and while they also have smoked fish treats on their own, they sell bread suitable for smoked fish. Petrossian Bakery also would have possible alternatives.

                    For convenience sake, I would probably hit up Whole Foods. Look for the fresh bins of baked goods, not the bagged.

                    182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019