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Shopsin's General Store

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Lower East Side
American, Eclectic
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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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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 36
    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
    3 of 5 stars
Excellent food.......

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2014
up4it52
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Winnipeg
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Was brought here by a Brooklyn friend who told us to park any preconceptions of what breakfast 'should' be and be prepared to be thrown out by a cursing Kenny. Well we did the first bit and it resulted in a breakfast to die for. My son said, 'Dad it's like what you would make if you were a kid... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

After reading the reviews of this place, it seems like people either love it or hate it. What's not to love? The location was ultra cool, tucked away in an indoor market. The atmosphere was unpretentious and almost intimate due to its size. The staff were professional and down to earth. The menu was beyond anything we've ever seen, with... More 

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New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is the most amazing breakfast experience you will ever have, not only in NYC but anywhere I have been in the world. With over 900 items on the menu there is something for everyone... almost. This is the most crazed food I have ever experienced. Mac and cheese french toast, "slutty" pancakes, just insane. Large portions and the most... More 

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New York, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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146 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 

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Phoenix, MD
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7 reviews 7 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 

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KandyKorn143
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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 

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Winnipeg
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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 

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Savannah, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 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 

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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