Compared to its west side counterpart, the UES has very few places to get proper smoked fish. Sable’s, a deli that’s been around since the early 90’s, is really the only respectable place to go in the neighborhood. It has all the classic features of a great deli - pastrami crusted salmon, tubs of white fish, shelves of cookies, and walls plastered in photographs of their most loyal customers. You won’t find softer nova in the neighborhood, so use this place the next time you’re having people over for brunch or whenever you’re in the mood for an excellent bagel sandwich.
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Russ & Daughters Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Russ & Daughters At The Jewish Museum
Russ & Daughters is the UES version of the legendary LES deli, in the basement of the Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side.
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