Niki Russ Federman was pretty much born in a herring barrel, with a sharp knife in her hand and a penchant for caviar. Educated at Amherst College, Niki worked in a variety of professions — from the art world to international development — before realizing that her appetite was fulfilled by continuing her family’s 104-year-old culinary legacy at Russ & Daughters: the landmark appetizing shop known for the best bagels, lox, caviar, herring, babka and other traditional baked goods and smoked fish.
Niki appears frequently in a variety of media, including The New York Times, NPR, Food Network, The New Yorker, Martha Stewart, Travel Channel, and Vogue. She is also one of the subjects of The Sturgeon Queens, a PBS documentary about Russ & Daughters. Niki is a board member of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and Chair of the Friends of the Educational Alliance. She is fluent in several languages, but alas, Yiddish is not one of them. In 2016, Niki was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40.”
Josh Russ Tupper started his career as an engineer, working in semiconductors, before moving to New York City to continue his family’s 104-year-old culinary and cultural legacy.In 2009 Josh Russ Tupper took ownership of Russ & Daughters along with his cousin Niki Russ Federman.
Josh has appeared on TV on Martha Stewart, in Louis CK’s Louie, and in the feature film Lola Versus, as well being featured in a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, Food Network, The New Yorker, Travel Channel, and Vogue. He is also one of the subjects of The Sturgeon Queens, a documentary about Russ & Daughters that has aired at film festivals worldwide and on PBS.
Together Niki and Josh own and run Russ & Daughters, Russ & Daughters Cafe, Russ & Daughters Bagels & Bakery, Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum, and Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (summer 2018)