Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
I’m a pretty terrible Jew. While I was raised conservatively, Bar Mitzvah’ed, and all that, I have strayed from my roots. I’ve become oblivious to even the major holidays. Today is the first day of Rosh Hashanna and I completely forgot. In fact, I was supposed to go eat some BBQ pork ribs with some friends while my fellow chosen people are home, praying, and hopefully keeping kosher. I’m terrible!
I did stop into Russ & Daughters, that emporioum of Jewish smoked fish and dairy the other day for a snack and I saw they had rolled out their gefilte fish. They only bring this out twice a year – so I realized a big Jewish holiday must be approaching.
Gefilte fish is the subject of many nightmares of young Jewish kids forced to eat that gelatinous fish mound at the holiday table. Honestly I never minded the stuff that much. But I knew it had to get better than those store-bought science experiments.
Russ & Daughters makes both a traditional gefilte fish (from pike, whitefish, and carp) and a much more mild, fancier version with salmon and whitefish. The latter tastes like actual meat from the sea with enough dill and pepper to elevate this to restaurant quality food. It wouldn’t be surprising if this was an appetizer at a fancy French restaurant that called it “fish paté”.
If the gefilte fish my parents brought to the table was this tasty, I might not have turned into such a bad Jew.
|RUSS & DAUGHTERS|
|179 East Houston Street (between Allen and Orchard Street)
Lower East Side