Lily’s Restaurant and Russ & Daughters Present


Lily’s Restaurant and Russ & Daughters Present
Herring Like You Have Never Known It!

On June 17, The Roger Smith Hotel will open its new penthouse rooftop suites to the public, with a Herring Festival from 6-9 pm. This kicks off a summer-long herring fest at the hotel at Lily’s Restaurant and bar, with specials available daily.

Russ & Daughters will provide a variety of delights to celebrate Swedish Mid-Summer in traditional style: with herring, aquavit, cold beer and music al fresco. Admission to the public is priced at $30 per person. Tickets are available at the door, or by using the contact information below to purchase in advance.

The New Catch Holland Herring – “Holland Nieuwe” – will be introduced for the season, along with Scandinavian style herrings of all kinds: Herring with Mustard and Dill, Curried Herring, Gubbora, Warm Jansson’s Temptation. Dutch herring will be consumed straight from the barrel just as it is done in Holland, and Iceland. Guests will dine on an additional smorgasbord of treats such as crispbread, fine cheeses, and potato and beet salads. An array of specialty infused aquavits such as elderberry, lingonberry and ginger, will accompany the feast.

The Roger Smith Hotel will be serving these herrings all summer as specials at Lily’s Restaurant and at the adjoining bar. Restaurant Director Ulrika Bengtsson created several of the pickled herring recipes that Russ & Daughters uses. These will be highlighted and served on an a la carte menu, such as:

Swedish Herring Plate $12
Traditional Dutch herring with Iceberg Lettuce and Drawn Butter $12
Dutch Herring with Egg, Onion and Brown Butter $12

The New York Times has called Russ & Daughters “the city’s herring-to-go headquarters,” and has praised Bengtsson, the former executive chef for the Swedish General Consul General in New York and chef/owner of Ulrika’s, for her contributions to Swedish cooking and the use of herring in new cuisine. (R.W. Apple Jr., “Herring: The Fish That Roared,” NYT, 10/30/02).

A Festival of Herring & Aquavit: June 17th, 2009, 6-9 pm.
The Roger Smith Hotel: Penthouse Rooftop Suites, 501 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10017.
Tickets: $30.
Please call either (212) 339-2097 or (212) 475-4880. Email: or to purchase tickets for this event.

About The Roger Smith Hotel:
The Roger Smith Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan at 501 Lexington Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets. It features suites and standard rooms unlike any others in Manhattan. The average room is twice the size of nearby hotels, and is reminiscent of a cozy bed and breakfast tucked away in the mountains. With hand selected book collections in every room, you can choose to curl up with a great story, or take advantage of the full cable TV access and complimentary Internet service. Hotel guests are also granted access to all art events, whether an opening at The Lab, a concert in Lily’s or an art talk and poetry reading in the Penthouse Salon. Tel: (212) 755-1400.

About Russ & Daughters:
Purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, and specialty foods, Russ & Daughters is New York’s premier appetizing shop. Since 1914, this New York institution has been continuously owned and operated by four generations of the Russ family. The tastes, traditions, and old-world class of this landmark shop are a true New York experience.

Joel Russ, an Eastern European immigrant who arrived in America in 1907, started the business from a pushcart to cater to the throngs of Jewish immigrants settling in New York’s Lower East Side district. In 1920, he opened his store at 179 East Houston Street, after a few years of operating out of a storefront around the corner. In 1933, he renamed the business “Russ & Daughters,” after his three daughters who joined him in the business. Mark Russ Federman succeeded as the 3rd Generation, and the business is now being run by the 4th Generation of the Russ family: Niki Russ Federman and Joshua Russ Tupper.

Russ & Daughters is located at 179 East Houston Street, between Orchard Street and Allen Street, on the Lower East Side. Orders can be placed in the store, on the phone: 212,475.4880 or 800.RUSS.229, and online at Russ & Daughters delivers throughout New York City and ships nationwide.