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Shopsin's General Store

#4,656 of 11,648 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
American, International
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120 Essex St., New York City, NY 10002
212 924 5160
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Seating

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    3 of 5 stars
Huge breakfast and a cool vibe...

There are a few bad reviews on here but we gave it a go regardless. I like that they have rules and stick by them, and if you do too then there won't be any issues. The waiter (infamous bandana wearing dude) was great to us and our experience was enjoyable overall. Food was great as well!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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English first
Lynchburg, Virginia
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Fun place with a huge menu. Do plan to wait for a table. There is very limited seating. Staff is colorful but polite and helpful.

Thank squitty1
Livingston, New Jersey
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Although we both were kids in NYC, we have lived in the suburbs forever, and my wife has developed this great fear of jaywalking- she will never do it nor let me do it...with one exception. When she knows we have driven into the city just to go to Shopsins, she wants to run across the street at all costs... More 

Thank braineye
London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is not a place for the earnest type, but arrive with your sense of humour firmly in place and some clever banter - as well as your appetite - and you will love it. We had a ridiculous but tasty breakfast, bonded with the owner on life & the universe and made friends with our neighbours. Highly recommended (for... More 

Thank AmyNelsonBennett
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There are a few bad reviews on here but we gave it a go regardless. I like that they have rules and stick by them, and if you do too then there won't be any issues. The waiter (infamous bandana wearing dude) was great to us and our experience was enjoyable overall. Food was great as well!

Thank Larissa_Jayne
Athens, Greece
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165 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My family and I (7 persons) Drove almost 20 minutes from Broadway to have breakfast at Chopsin's, when we entered the restaurant a very rude dude with a bandana on his head said sorry we do not accepts parties larger then 4, so we said fine split us on two tables we do not mind to wait, he said rudely... More 

1 Thank ZiadNohra
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is such a cool place. The atmosphere and "rules" are cool. But the food was spectacular. I had the Momma, I ate every bite. Very small place, but worth the wait. Ask for hot sauce, the homemade sauces are also awesome.

Thank JM-3333
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

I really liked the look and feel of Shopsins. The menu is huge, over 300 items but you can't ask for changes. We couldn't even get a breakfast sandwich with no butter!! Waiter was an a-hole with a real attitude problem. His proud display of fandom for Iron Maiden made me sad to be a metal fan. He literally threw... More 

Thank BluesMummy
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Group of four of us came in to Shopsin's for brunch. We had been there before, and managed to avoid the legendary customer abuse that has made Shopsin's infamous. I even wrote a positive review for them on another site! But this experience was simply surreal. It started when, after a LONG wait for or food, the surly waiter (the... More 

7 Thank Gary W
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our second visit to this so-called restaurant was a total disaster. DO NOT GO THERE. DO NOT GO THERE. DO NOT GO THERE. DO NOT GO THERE!!!!!!! Service was surly and slow, also insulting. When food for one of us (party of 4) finally arrived, it was not what had been ordered. When we politely pointed out the mistake, maganement... More 

4 Thank Martin B
Madison, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I used to be a big fan of Shopsin's, but I was so grossed out after my last visit that I will never be back again. I was sitting at the counter and getting ready to order my usual when I looked through the window to the kitchen and saw an enormous roach crawling along the wall. I was so... More 

5 Thank Sam S

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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 10
  • Cuisine: American, International


Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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