Niki Russ Federman

Niki Russ Federman is the fourth-generation owner of Russ & Daughters, New York’s iconic Jewish food destination and the first business with “& Daughters” in its name. Established 110 years ago by her immigrant great-grandfather, Niki’s leadership signifies continuity of the Russ tradition, even as the business continues to grow. Niki oversees the original Lower East Side Shop–the home of bagels and lox since 1914as well as Russ & Daughters Cafe, Russ & Daughters Brooklyn, Russ & Daughters 34th St and the company’s jewish bakery and nationwide shipping facility. 

Niki is featured in The Sturgeon Queens, the award-winning documentary about Russ & Daughters; TV such as Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations; and publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Zagat, Vogue, and W Magazine. She was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40”, Eater’s “New Guard of Power in NYC,” and was the cover of Family Business Magazine’s issue “Transformational Women.” She was inducted into the Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame and has an encyclopedic entry in the Jewish Women’s Archive. Niki is a member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She is currently working on a cookbook, “Russ & Daughters: 100 Years of Appetizing” (Fall 2025) and developing two TV shows (scripted and unscripted).  

   Niki Russ Federman on Instagram: @nikirussfederman

   Russ & Daughters on Instagram: @russanddaughters