[Pigging by Wilfrid: February 23, 2015]
What a pleasant, comforting space this is, especially on a cold afternoon (yes, I went off-peak; this place can be very crowded for breakfast/brunch). A bright (full service) bar with somewhat modernistic stools, opening up to a cheerful rear dining room.
Because some people don't know, there's a Russ & Daughters appetizing store on East Houston which opened as J. Russ National Appetizing in 1920. It's almost unrivalled (Barney Greengrass has its devotees) as the city's retail source for Jewish delicatessen.* Then after 95 years, they opened a cafe nearby.