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Shopsin's General Store

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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
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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226 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

This is a follow-up of my recent review of Shopsin's Restaurant. I purchased his book: Eat Me:The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin. I had tried the Mac and Cheese Pancakes at the restaurant. As strange as the combination sounds, the pancakes were fantastic. Made at home, they were just as good.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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129 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure there might not be something else going on at Shopsin's. Let me explain. We visited for lunch during a walking tour whuc included the the Essex Street Market as a hotspot on LES. My wife wanted a sandwich and Shopsin's did have any impressive menu, ridiculously expansive. We were going to get the sandwich to go and... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Back in New York for a ten day visit after three years away. When I was here for an extended stay I came to Shopsin's a lot. It is still amazing. Great place for conversation with other diners - the reason for all the 'rules' really - and amazing food. The menu flies in the face of all conventional wisdom... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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226 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Forget the negative reviews. If you want to try delicious and interesting food, eat at Shopsin's. This is not McDonald's. It is not necessarily politically correct. Part of the price of admission is to play by his rules. That being said, enjoy a great meal. The menu is huge, mind boggling in fact. Four of us ordered different meals. We... More 

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Thank DoctorPaul
Alexandria, Virginia
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Located inside Essex Market, Shopsin's is a small, unassuming place with friendly service and great food. The menu, as you may have read, is huge and it would take a very long time to review it...my friend and I had the "Auntie"--scrambled eggs with avocado, blue cheese, spinach and arugula. Outstanding! We also split a slice of French toast with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

If you haven't been here yet, put it to the top of your list. This place is like a drug, its bad for you, but you keep on wanting more and more and more. The must have here is the Captn J - Mac n Cheese Pancakes, Fried Chicken, Scrambled Eggs. It comes with syrup and their homemade hot sauce.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

There's no other eatery in the world quite like Shopsins. Zilch. Nada. Everything about it – from the surly wait staff and amazing bottles of sauces to the stupendous menu and food that can only be described as weirdly wonderful and fun but hearty – like something your favourite eccentric relative would cook up for you in a jiffy. EVERYTHING... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

The menu here is intense! The staff are firm but fair. The food was amazing! Best pancakes I've ever had! As a vegetarian, there were lots of options which was great! Recommended!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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181 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I found out about this place when I was looking for the "Best Pancakes" in NYC...then I found out that they offered a "Mac & Cheese" pancake...so it's OBVIOUS that I had to try it! It's delicious! I am definitely coming back to taste other things on the menu!

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10
Cuisine
American, International
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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
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

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