127 Orchard Street

Phone Number

(212) 475-4881

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Russ & Daughters Cafe


Russ & Daughters Cafe is located at 127 Orchard Street, NYC.
On weekdays you might be able to find metered street parking.
Otherwise, one needs to find a garage. There are many close by.
The single-door, street level entrance leads to a welcome desk.
The front of this dining area has tables and a counter. The space is a bit tight.
If going to a booth in the back a step up is required.
Single-occupancy, accessible restrooms are located up the step in the rear of the restaurant.


    Attraction Type:  dining
    Number of accessible spaces:  *
    Location of accessible spaces:  *
    Distance to venue:  depends on where you park
    Transportation to venue offered:  na
    Terrain:  flat
    Places to rest:  no place outside
    Paths and walkways:  concrete sidsewalk
    Location of accessible entrance:  main entrance
    Doors:  street-level, single door
    Number of floors:  one floor with a step up to rear of dining area
    Elevators:  no
    Ramps:  no
    Steps and staircases:  1 step up to rear of dining room
    Width of aisles:  a bit tight
    Places to sit:  tables, booths counter
    Location of restrooms:  in rear dining area
    Type of restroom:  single-occupancy, accessible
    Ease of entry and exit:  OK
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  breakfast and lunch
    Friendliness of staff:  exceptionally friendly and helpful
    Notes:  * there is no dedicated parking lot - there are several in the area we were able to find metered street parking on a weekday around noon7

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Joel Russ, a Polish immigrant, began selling herring from a pushcart on the lower East Side of Manhattan in 1904. In 1914 he opened an appetizing shop. In 1933 he renamed it “Russ & Daughters” to honor his three daughters. It is the first known American business with “ & Daughters” in its name. That shop still exists today. In 2014, five generations later, the first sit-down Russ & Daughters Cafe opened on Orchard Street. Quite a story! 

We had the opportunity to have lunch there not long ago. It was as delicious as the YELP reviews state, with wonderful, friendly service, in a warm, cozy (perhaps a bit too cozy) setting. I say that because the booths are a bit tight.

Being in Manhattan, one would expect that parking needs to be in a garage, but we were able to find metered street parking on a weekday (around noon). We cannot guarantee that you will be so lucky, but there was more than one spot to be had almost directly in front of the restaurant. 

The venue does not take reservations.  There was quite a wait list before noon. We waited for about half an hour for our table.

The single door entrance is at street-level, as is the front of the restaurant, where there are tables and a counter. If you are going to a booth at the back take note that there is a step up at the end of the counter. Back here is also where the restrooms are located. Large, single-occupancy, accessible restrooms with a baby-changing station. It seems a shame that the accessible restrooms require a step up to access them. If you cannot manage the step up to the back of the restaurant, be sure to tell the host when you leave your name on the wait list.

The retro-diner feel, with modern touches is quite nice. The booths are a bit tight. I can’t image a woman who is nine months pregnant fitting into a booth.

Our server was helpful, and delightful. He was happy to answer all of our questions and happy to make suggestions when we asked.

Everything we had was delicious. Six people ordered six different items and everyone was delighted. The potato pancakes were fabulous as were the blintzes. The salmon and nova were “melt in your mouth.” The omelettes were perfect. It’s no wonder that Russ & Daughters has been around as long as it has. 

After our lunch we just had to walk over the the Russ & Daughters appetizing store on Houston Street to get a few items to take home.

As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venues’ website,, when planning a visit to “know before you go.” 



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