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Shopsin's General Store

#4,360 of 11,226 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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
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Today
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, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
The Original Gotham Breakfast Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
TheDadofChas
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

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Madison, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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
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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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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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26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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
24 helpful votes 24 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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10 helpful votes 10 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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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, 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

Questions & Answers

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

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