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Shopsin's General Store

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Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
American, Eclectic
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120 Essex St., New York City, NY 10002
212 924 5160
Website
Today
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not Worth It

The line for a table was pretty long but we got lucky and only waited about 50 minutes to be seated. The waiter wasn't very friendly. When I asked to get my eggs over hard I was told I can't choose how my eggs are made. Seriously?! The peanut butter jelly doughnut was good, I will say that. But... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Jamie F
,
New York, NY
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch

58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York, NY
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The line for a table was pretty long but we got lucky and only waited about 50 minutes to be seated. The waiter wasn't very friendly. When I asked to get my eggs over hard I was told I can't choose how my eggs are made. Seriously?! The peanut butter jelly doughnut was good, I will say that. But it... More 

Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I heard about Shopsin's for awhile now so on our recent NYC trip my husband and I decided to give it a try. The menu: The menu is huge, and offers a huge variety of (weird named) foods - pretty much any kind of traditional American foods you can find here. The menu is pretty poorly designed (in my opinion)... More 

Amherst, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you want to go here and enjoy a meal that you will not find anywhere else you must do some research on two topics. 1) The Rules: If you come with a group larger than 4, you will not be seated, if you sit down and prattle on your cellphone, you are likely going to be given the boot,... More 

Phoenix, MD
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I don't really get it....why does someone want to go to this place and spend a fortune on extremely gross unhealthy food, only to be treated so poorly....maybe they think it is funny....I don't.....I like to surround myself with positive people that make me feel good and in return I will smile and return the niceness.....We were booted because my... More 

KandyKorn143
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This place is no frills, but the food has all the bells and whistles you need. Mac and cheese pancakes, Reuben hash, PBJ donuts. Yes please! Go early and prepare to queue. The owners know they have an amazing product, so keep a smile on your face and enjoy the banter and the wait. It is a bit pricey, but... More 

Winnipeg
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Very small eatery/restaurant...maybe 20 people max seating. The menu is very extensive and I took my time trying to figure what I would like to eat...although it was breakfast and should have been easy the amount of items to chose from is mind boggling. I ended up ordering the Sneaky Pete's which were like an 8" long spicy bun split... More 

Savannah, Georgia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Blisters on my sister was amaze balls! I love cheesy food, and there is plenty of it on the menu. The guys will tell someone off in a quick minute, and we did witness a quarrel there between one of his sons and a friend. It was fun. I approached the owner after eating and he was very nice and... More 

Bedfordshire
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

I love this place, it's no frills, down to earth, totally eccentric but with the most amazing, quirky breakfasts you will come across. Sure the guy taking your order is a little grumpy but he probably owns the place and is more interested in you enjoying the food than worrying about putting on a perma-grin for you! Best breakfast we... More 

New York City
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Tiny seating area. Huge menu. After a 50 minute wait ordered a beef burrito. It contained about an ounce of cheap quality beef, and was mostly filled with black beans and rice and way overpriced at $17. I've had better $6 burritos. The sweet corn pickle condiment that accompanied the dish was not fresh, had gone bad. I noticed that... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Shopsins is a crazy little place were it doesn't matter who you are or who you think you are, if your face doesn't fit your out. There's an awesome film on YouTube about this iconic place to eat called "I eat flies" that will give you a crazy insight into the mind of the owner Kenny who's eccentric, fiery but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Essex St., New York City, NY 10002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: 212 924 5160

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Eclectic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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