Shopsin's General Store

Diner, Breakfast Spot, and American Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Michael S.
    Michael S.December 10, 2016
    French Toast Grilled Cheese!
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerNovember 19, 2016
    Go midweek for lunch. This is an epic diner on steroids with even better conversation.
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 13, 2016
    The massive menu can be overwhelming to newcomers, but start with the “blisters on my sister” category or the pumpkin pancakes. Read more
  • Kennelly
    KennellySeptember 17, 2016
    This place is unpleasant, save your time and money
  • Masarra A.
    Masarra AlameriAugust 20, 2016
    Didnt like the look or feel so didnt even sit down and exited the place as fast as i could
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2016
    We’ll have some Hatch green chile egg sliders, fried hash browns, fried plantains and oh, let’s throw some doughnuts on there for good measure. Get the Mexican breakfast skillet combo. Read more
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousDecember 26, 2015
    Interesting? Yes. Strange? Yes. Kitchen staff loudly fighting constantly? Yes. Food great? Not so much. OK if every other place in the area is full. Avoid any dish with potatoes.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissDecember 16, 2015
    Those mac & cheese pancakes stuffed with eggs and/or brisket, omg. Come hungry.
  • L B.
    L BNovember 7, 2015
    Great food
  • Lais S.
    Lais SchefflerNovember 1, 2015
    Pumpkin pancakes are the best!!!!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsSeptember 22, 2015
    PureWow recommends the pumpkin pancakes! Read more
  • Shane D.
    Shane DudfieldAugust 28, 2015
    Unique experience, must watch 'I like killing flies' before going
  • Vivian V.
    Vivian VoAugust 18, 2015
    The mac & cheese pancakes with maple syrup and hot sauce #1 as recommended by the waiter. BOMB.
  • Raúl J.
    Raúl JimenezMay 30, 2015
    Good all around food.
  • K. M.
    K. M.May 28, 2015
    Eating here is like joining a very peculiar family for breakfast. I wanted both slutty and mac and cheese pancakes, so they were so nice as to give me one of each. I preferred the slutty one!
  • Hayley M.
    Hayley MagyarMay 15, 2015
    A bit expensive but so worth it. A quirky place and great experience. Menu is crazy!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BrowneMarch 15, 2015
    Insane menu and gruff staff. Excellent sliders. Most items are heavy and filling, so feel free to share.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Mac&cheese pancakes?! 😍
  • Christine D.
    Christine D.January 2, 2015
    There must be 200+ things on the menu if not more. Try the mac n cheese pancakes and blisters on my sisters.
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie Cherry BDecember 5, 2014
    Pecan shake & Mac n cheese pancakes!
  • Allie B.
    Allie BriskinNovember 4, 2014
    Mac and cheese pancake was bomb, however, the service is not. Super rude/scary service. They don't give recommendations, so go prepared.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoOctober 27, 2014
    Follow the rules and order whatever catches your eye; you can't go wrong with anything on the extensive menu, including the Ova (Poached Eggs over Bacon-Cheese Grits, with a side of Toast).
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzOctober 23, 2014
    One of the craziest brunches over experienced!! Mac n cheese pancakes, doughnut cheeseburger sliders, bread pudding French toast! Go on a weekday and avoid the lines. Don't piss off the waiter!
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah StrausOctober 4, 2014
    Grits! Sliders! Cheese Fries! Everything really!
  • jackie b.
    jackie blazeSeptember 28, 2014
    pancakes! any kind. only place that can get that buttery crusted edge throughout the whole pancake.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereSeptember 25, 2014
    Sliders with grilled onions served on potato latkes - try them with each of the hot sauces
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Shopsin's as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    Psychotically extensive menu with more items than you can shake a stick at. Read more
  • Michael P.
    Michael PasternakAugust 10, 2014
    Egg sandwich
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The mac 'n cheese pancakes are a must, as are the thick, international-themed slutty cakes, the unabashedly non-PC Jewboy, Jihadboy and Indianboy sandwiches AH JUST ALL OF THE THINGS. Read more
  • Deedee M.
    Deedee M.July 3, 2014
    If you like to wait 45 minutes for simple meals in an empty venue, this is the place for you.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinMay 27, 2014
    come for breakfast! get the ebelskivers, jewboy brisket tots, sweet potato poutine (w/ pumpkin gravy, coconut toasted marshmallows)
  • Adriana N.
    Adriana NúñezMay 16, 2014
    I tried 2 dishes of the enormous menu. Both were totally awsome! I will definitely come back tomorrow!
  • Dina
    DinaApril 29, 2014
    Only lunch
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinApril 12, 2014
    Act like you're a guest in someone's home
  • Cory E.
    Cory EverettMarch 30, 2014
    NO MATTER WHAT YOU ORDER, ORDER THE HALF PORTION. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS?
  • Wayne S.
    Wayne SurberFebruary 12, 2014
    Be patient, no parties of five, watch what you fucking say. Finish what's on your plate! What's wrong with it? Sure it's huge, but it's so good. And don't bother Zack when it's busy.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128January 28, 2014
    Kenny Shopsin’s philosophy is strict, but simple. “They have to prove it to me, that they’re okay to feed.” Returning customers who have already proven their worth to Shopsin rave about the diner.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 16, 2014
    Have you ever wanted mac and cheese for breakfast? How about with pancakes? At Shopsin's you can have both! Are you a fan? Help spread the word with Wyngspan! Read more
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GisrielDecember 27, 2013
    best brunch in the city
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinDecember 26, 2013
    amazing food but you have to come hungry. they won't let you share 1 dish between 2 people you have to get your own and portions are huge
  • Paul E.
    Paul ENovember 3, 2013
    Believe the hype. Tremendous dishes, well thought out flavor profiles. Bring your a-game appetite. Mac n cheese pancakes? They work. Get there early, there will be a wait, but worth it.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MartinezOctober 6, 2013
    Staff engaged in a heated argument while we waited for food, other than that, the food was great.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 27, 2013
    You have to try the one of a kind breakfast nachos that will leave your mouth on fire!
  • Soliloquy Marketing
    Soliloquy MarketingSeptember 4, 2013
    The menu is ridiculous. Get here on the early side for brunch to avoid a long line. The s'mores pancakes will absolutely leave you wanting some more.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsAugust 29, 2013
    Try the Mac and Cheese Pancakes
  • Celina W.
    Celina WAugust 24, 2013
    You have to try the Mac and cheese pancakes!
  • Hyomin K.
    Hyomin KAugust 23, 2013
    Sliders were so amazing I ignored the yummy mac and cheese pancakes on my plate.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooAugust 2, 2013
    Every person must order one dish. Expensiveee
  • Anna L.
    Anna LindowJuly 23, 2013
    Best Thing I Ever Ate - Ebelskivers
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Chocolate Ebelskivers - Wow, these are incredible
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Mac and Cheese Pancakes - Awesome
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Chipotle Blisters On My Sisters
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Duck Gyro
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Three Part Happy Breakfast Tray - A30. So much food. All so good.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 21, 2013
    Try the Slutty Shake - Pistachio, pumpkin and peanut butter shake
  • Toshie
    ToshieJuly 9, 2013
    Their menu is HUGE, so make sure to check it out before you go. Don't ask too many questions and don't expect friendliness- just order, eat and leave. Don't forget: NO PARTIES OF 5!
  • Armando
    ArmandoJune 2, 2013
    Macaroni and cheese pancakes??!!
  • Nicole B.
    Order the So Good: a double-decker grilled cheese sandwich made with three slices of French toast thickly layered with loads of oozing cheese and stuffed with perfectly poached eggs. SOOOO GOOOD Read more
  • Flavia J.
    Flavia JordanMay 6, 2013
    One of the yummiest and odd spots in my neighborhood, I'll miss it for sure
  • Agnes T.
    Agnes TjanApril 10, 2013
    Try the Mac And Cheese Pancakes, French Toast, Pork Tamales - Aka A30... Love
  • Agnes T.
    Agnes TjanApril 10, 2013
    Try the Mr Mitra Oxtail Stew, Scrambled Eggs, Macaroni Beef - Best oxtail stew I've ever had... Flavorful and tender... Super love
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherApril 3, 2013
    Huevos Motuleños are a good bet
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 2, 2013
    An endless menu of tripped-out diner food. Order the sliders, the donuts, and all sorts of pancakes, including a macaroni and cheese pancake sandwich with eggs and bacon.
  • Kunal P.
    Kunal PatelMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Forget about the Mac & Cheese pancakes. It's all about the Slutty Cakes - glazed pumpkin, peanut butter, and pistachios. Boom!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 20, 2013
    Obey the rules and you'll get some amazing crazy food. My favorite egg cream! A bit pricey, but who gives a fuck because you get a ton of awesome food. Check hours, no parties of 4, dont be a dick.
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FlanaganFebruary 19, 2013
    Milkshake time
  • Geren L.
    Geren LockhartFebruary 9, 2013
    Super rude and not exactly organized... The food is good but the rest isn't.
  • Darick M.
    Darick MaasenJanuary 11, 2013
    If you eat off each others plates they charge $7 share fee...
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MyerJanuary 9, 2013
    extremely large menu!! must try to mac and cheese pancakes!
  • Gerard M.
    Gerard McGearyDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They do not serve decaf coffee or decaf tea. Truly a place of values.
  • We_Nonah
    We_NonahNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Bombay "Blister On My Sisters"
  • eric
    ericOctober 17, 2012
    June: what are "tater titties"? Shopsins Server: they're tater tots shaped like boobs.
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 9, 2012
    Blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes are to die for!
  • Philippos
    PhilipposJuly 20, 2012
    The closest you will ever get to the Soup Nazi. Parties of 4 or less only. Sit down, put your phones away and enjoy the food.
  • Sharon
    SharonJune 6, 2012
    Mac-and-Cheese Pancakes
  • Raja H.
    Raja HMay 22, 2012
    Over-rated spot to impress your friends with. The sour attitude is all part of the experience.
  • George P.
    George PlataniotisMay 18, 2012
    Whatever you do DON'T complain.
  • Stribling & Associates
    The huge menu (it once had more than 800 items!) can be intimidating but don't be afraid! Try Blisters On My Sisters (similar to huevos rancheros) or the incredible sliders. Only parties of 4 or less.
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoMarch 22, 2012
    The menu is endless and nothing I've had here has disappointed me so far. From the chicken cutlet sandwich, to the lamb in chili to the waffles. Delicious! Just don't get caught taking photos.
  • Keith D.
    Keith DecentMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Put your phone away before you get yelled at/kicked out, dumbass!
  • Su L.
    Su LeeMarch 1, 2012
    donuts: get it fresh.
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SpiegelFebruary 22, 2012
    The poutine to end all poutines — a giant bowl of super crisp French fries completely doused in the requisite dark gravy and cheese curds and then topped with three runny poached eggs Read more
  • Jenny A.
    Jenny ArtichokeFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't bite Zack, despite his being a tasty dish. Bite his pops instead.
  • Cuong D.
    Cuong DJanuary 29, 2012
    Ridiculously great, diverse breakfast choices
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LevineJanuary 21, 2012
    Come hungry and bring cash. And don't forget to order something different than your fellow diners and don't even try to substitute anything! You won't be sorry!
  • Munira A.
    Munira AhmedDecember 28, 2011
    make sure to use their tasty hot sauce (made in house) on the Mac n' cheese pancakes.. which you'd be a fool not to order
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chef Eddie Huang recommends the ABC: chicken schnitzel, sausage gravy, eggs, grits.
  • Julian M.
    Julian MNovember 12, 2011
    They close at 2 on Saturdays, I was bummed
  • Jeffrey S.
    Jeffrey SNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best breakfast in NYC! Read more
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupOctober 27, 2011
    Try The Breakfast Doughtnut!!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 11, 2011
    Food blogger Meister recommends Shopsins for its “so-wacky-they-work dishes” (including red velvet & poppy seed pancakes & the “Hogman”—a Reuben sandwich with panko-fried barbecue pork on rye toast)
  • Suyin
    SuyinOctober 8, 2011
    Sit at the counter so you can hear Kenny yell at ppl. Love the happy trays-lil bits of everything yum
  • Maarten P.
    Maarten PeschierOctober 3, 2011
    Prepare to wait in line, and gain 10 pounds... Read more
  • Tarikh K.
    Tarikh KorulaJuly 29, 2011
    ask for a slice of pizza Read more
  • Omar K.
    Omar KJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the: everything
  • Robin F.
    Robin FarrellJune 13, 2011
    Santana Pete could be the best sandwich I've ever had. 3 eggs turn it into a stunning brunch. Order it.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 24, 2011
    Who knew that combining two of our favorite things (pancakes and mac & cheese) could be so righteous! Get the Mo’Betta and find out for yourself. Cash only.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMay 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't offer anybody a bite of your sliders, because they probably won't give it back.
  • Mauricio G.
    Mauricio GMarch 25, 2011
    Don't talk on the phone or they'll kick you out. The fat slob on the corner is a grouch!
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