City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington

Shopsin’s General Store

A 600 item menu is offered at this shoebox-sized restaurant tucked inside the Essex Street Market.

Well known for the eponymous owner, Kenny Shopsin, this former general store turned diner has a strict set of rules that are non-negotiable, including: no groups larger than four, don't ask for menu suggestions, and no one at the table can order the same dish. Unsurprising, Kenny and all of his quirks are the subject of a documentary, "I Like Killing Flies". But with a menu of over 600 items, including a selection of sweet “slutty cakes,” pancakes featuring anything from peanut butter and pumpkin pie to mac and cheese, or savory ideas such as “Blisters on my Sisters,” Shopsin's take on huevos rancheros, there is an option or two for everyone. The regulars and the staff trade barbs both with one another and anyone foolish enough to try and break etiquette, so don’t try get and smart with them.
Must try:
Slutty Cakes or Blisters On My Sisters
One-of-a-Kind / 600 Menu Items
$
Reservations: No
Hours: Wed-Sat 9 am - 2 pm; Sun: 10 am -2 pm
Location: Lower East Side
Address: 120 Essex Street (inside the Essex Street Market)
Phone: (917) 907-4506
  • Subway / F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Essex
 
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