A Sandwich A Day: The Heebster at Russ and Daughters

A Sandwich a Day

A new sandwich every day.

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

What is a Heebster? I first encountered this Heebster ($8.45) on the sandwich menu at Russ and Daughters, below the Mensch but above the Super Heebster. This Heebster has multiple dimensions of spread: a full-bodied whitefish and baked salmon salad rests lightly on a bed of horseradish dill cream cheese. There are a few sandwich architecture issues; at the slightest bit of bagel pressure, everything comes smushing out the sides. But the point of Heebsterdom, if I can infer anything from the Hipster code of ethics, is all about messiness. Or, according to Lisa Alcalay Klug, who wrote "Heebster, Know Thyself," a Heebster is "much more than bagels and loxy. It's about moxie, about feeling yiddishe foxy!"

Yeah, what she said.

Russ and Daughters

179 East Houston Street, New York NY 10002 (map)

Serious Eats Newsletters

Keep up with our latest recipes, tips, techniques and where to eat!


Comments can take up to a minute to appear - please be patient!

Previewing your comment: