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Shopsin's General Store

$$ - $$$
Lower East Side
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120 Essex St, New York City, NY 10002-3211
+1 212-924-5160
09:00 - 14:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read many reviews that raved about the food, but really it was no more than average and certainly over priced for what it was! The serving staff were a mix between snappy and friendly. The experience was quirky but not worth the cost :(

1 Thank joffa21
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Shopsins is one of those strange but very pleasant discoveries. I really LOVED the food. The place is rough, and so is the service, but it's all part of the experience. They have about 1000 options for breakfast/brunch, and every one of them is supposed to be special. I would definitely recommend this place as a must visit in NYC.

Thank John M
Brooklyn, New York
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304 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Having now eaten here three times, I can safely say this place is unique and wonderful. The menu with literally hundreds of items defies description. The food may be best characterized as wildly inventive comfort food. It's fusion for fun, hipster before hipsters invaded the scene. Go and don't be safe or timid in your ordering. Everything is delicious. Most... More 

Thank Comandante-of-Fun
Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Visited with my partner for breakfast / brunch that after a fairly long wait turned into lunch. It took is a while to find the place nestled in the corner of the market hall and when we did there was a queue of around six. The menu was a little unorthodox and gives so much choice. food was great and... More 

Thank LiamCr
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 

2 Thank artveller
Queens, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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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 10002-3211
  • 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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