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Shopsin's General Store

Lower East Side
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120 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-3211
212 924 5160
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The look and feel and crowd scared me off i didnt even consider sitting down .... couple of tables in the back corner of a vegtable market steel hanger .... the crowd seated didnt make me comfortable so i just walked back out again and will surely not be going back

Thank Masarra A
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Totally unique place with incredible menu. Staff are super friendly and really helpful when it comes to suggesting interesting and different dishes than you'd get in the UK. Amazing range of hot sauces too! Definitely go here and keep coming back.

Thank Steve M
Cincinnati, Ohio
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225 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 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.

Thank DoctorPaul
Cleveland, Tennessee
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131 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

1 Thank nofam4
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 

Thank Caloobrus
Cincinnati, Ohio
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225 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 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 

Thank DoctorPaul
Alexandria, Virginia
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70 reviews
50 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 

Thank Marlanman
Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Jumbofresh
Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

1 Thank Flutpuff71
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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!

1 Thank Mary E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-3211
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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