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Shopsin's General Store

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Lower East Side
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120 Essex St., New York City, NY 10002
+1 212-924-5160
09:00 - 14:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have wanting to go there for a long time after a saw the restaurant on a TV Special. It is like no other place that I have ever been to for breakfast or lunch. The owner, Kenny Shopsin who we had the pleasure of meeting that day, is a character and an excellent cook. Check this place out on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my very first visit in NYC. We found Shopsins only because of a recommendation by our AirB&B host, who is a born New Yorker and I guess he has grown up on Kenny´s pancakes. He told us that the staff there is very friendly, but not at first glance:) Especially if you are a picky tourist ;) He... More 

Thank artveller
Queens, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Come here if you're looking for delicious food! Shopsin's definitely offers a unique experience. There are some rules but if you follow them, you'll be more than happy you chose to come here. First off, make sure you look at the menu beforehand. It can be overwhelming and will take you some time to go through. (They also like you... More 

Thank Julie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 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 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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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132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 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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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 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 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 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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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 14:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-924-5160

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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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