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120 Essex St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
Don't you guys get it? No? Then don't come.
By carolgo on 6/19/2015
If you're expecting exquisite service and to be treated like a princess, don't come. If you've got high hopes of Jean-Georges and Daniel Boulud-level cuisine, head uptown. In other words, if you're looking for a regular restaurant, maybe this isn't the place for you. Note that a documentary about this restaurant and its owner, Kenny, is called "I Like to Kill Flies." If that turns you off, please, please please stay home. Stay away. We loyalists love it, love Kenny's unique philosophy and rough-hewn attitude. And the most amazing menu. Please check out these links before you venture to the LES, and if you're still game, willing to follow the rules, and embrace the most unusual food combinations, then c'mon down. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopsins http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/04/15/dont-mention-it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa2lBATspbU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjaVC7M6VUg
Don't you guys get it? No? Then don't come.
By carolgo on 6/19/2015
If you're expecting exquisite service and to be treated like a princess, don't come. If you've got high hopes of Jean-Georges and Daniel Boulud-level cuisine, head uptown. In other words, if you're looking for a regular restaurant, maybe this isn't the place for you. Note that a documentary about this restaurant and its owner, Kenny, is called "I Like to Kill Flies." If that turns you off, please, please please stay home. Stay away. We loyalists love Shopsinâ€™s, love Kenny's unique philosophy and rough-hewn attitude. And its most amazing menu. Please check out these links, below, before you venture to the LES, and if you're still game, willing to follow the rules, and embrace the most unusual food combinations, then c'mon down. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopsins http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2002/04/15/dont-mention-it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa2lBATspbU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjaVC7M6VUg
Kenny Shopsin told my two year old to "f**k off"
By bakerjake on 6/26/2013
And my son wasn't misbehaving in the slightest - it was just Kenny's way of ending the conversation, trashy pig that he is. The food is also overpriced, average fare. Stay away.
This place sucks
By realmckoy on 5/20/2013
The low life's running this place are complete pieces of shit. The food is disgusting and it's an extra punch in the face that they jack the prices up so high. It's baffling that people are foolish enough to frequent this shit hole when there are so many amazing options across NYC. If you really want to eat something as disgusting as pancakes with processed mac n cheese on top then save the money and throw together this slop at home for a fraction of the cost. The place is unnecessary. It's also only a matter of time till they stir something up with the wrong customer and get knocked out or worse. Grew up in the city and can tell you, if you want a genuine NY experience then this is far from it. You've been warned.
If you like verbal abuse and overpriced food
By smesnick on 10/14/2012
If you like verbal abuse and I mean severe verbal abuse (f-bombs thrown at you by the short order cook because you want your eggs well done and an owner who calls you an ahole because you didn't like the cook's verbal abuse you may want to stop in here. The service is horrible as there is only one waiter who takes his time doing what ever he wants in whatever order he wants to do it. One person in your party may get their food 10 minutes after another person in your party gets served. Asking for a straw was pushing my luck. The food is overpriced and no matter what people say about it nothing is worth the severe abuse a customer can endure by dining here. There are too many great establishments in this city to have to deal with the hideous treatment and service. Also, the owner frequently sits amongst the customers (to curse at them) and he is quite unseemly looking and almost rather dirty in appearance. If you didn't know better you would think he just left a homeless shelter. Also, they brought the garbage through the restaurant while others were dining which is a health department offense. Disgusting all around
to never again
By fig on 5/17/2011
Don't ya get it? You're missing the point of the place. Ya expect fake kindness and are butthurt because they aren't Applebees? Go there or to iHop next time.
By meister711 on 11/21/2010
We tried to eat brunch. We each ordered one entree and one half entree. The waiter informed us that this was too much food and the kitchen would not cook that much for just two people. He said he would only place the order for the entrees, and if we could finish the meal, then he would submit the order for additional food. We explained we were aware what we were ordering and were capable of eating it. He still refused. Having never been to a restaurant who refused to serve paying customers what they ordered when the order was a standard menu item, we decided to leave. The waiter, as well as the two men working in the kitchen proceeded to yell at us, publicly, in front of other customers, saying they didn't want our business, then challenged my friend to a fight, telling him to "suck my cock" and "get the fuck out of my restaurant." I have never experienced a restaurant who refused me service because they thought my order was too large, nor have I ever been sworn at and thrown out of a restaurant because I was attempting to order three entrees for two people. Clearly, this is a restaurant to which I will not return. While the "Soup Nazi" idea was funny in Seinfeld, it most certainly is not a good business practice in reality. Beware, though it seems some on yelp have gotten lucky and been served here, if the Shopsins staff doesn't approve of your order, you too may be refused, insulted, and challenged to a fight.
By jennico on 9/16/2010
They kicked us out because we had a baby stroller. There were only TWO other people in the entire restaurant. I had been there several times before sans baby... what gives? 'nuff said.
Come prepared, leave happy
By ConchasChica on 10/3/2009
There are few seats, so learn Shopsin's rules (cash, no substitutions, 4 max/party, everyone orders something) and what you want while you wait. 4-tops taste more dishes, but unless you split into two 2's you'll wait longer. My pregnant friend was offered a chair while we queued Â– Kenny's son's idea; Kenny sure as hell wasn't taking credit for it when thanked him. The menu is overwhelming, but you can't go wrong. This is homemade food the kind most people can't make. Ordered: Orange Julius, Guiness Malted, cilantro chile coleslaw, Blisters on my Sister, Huevos Rancheros, Pete Moss and Piaf. I was told that we had ordered too much and couldn't order Ebelskivers without giving up something or the kitchen would Â“screamÂ” at us. I dropped the Guiness Malted and the little cakes were ours. They were perfectly light and sweet. Next time IÂ’ll go an hour before opening to ensure prompt seating. Not cheap portions enough for 2-3 people, possibly four. They may have doggie bags. Be careful asking.
the rudest people I've ever encountered
By gaconnell on 7/10/2009
Stopped in today for breakfast with two friends. The menu is extensive -- even overwhelming. In tiny letters at the bottom, it says everyone must order a meal. When my friends tried to order something to share, the waiter pointed out the rule, and my friends started to revise their order. The owner, however, told us to "get the f*** out," and instructed the waiter to "take their menus, I don't want them in here." Even the chef came out to get in on the action. I'm honestly surprised anyone can afford to treat paying customers that way in a recession -- no pancake is worth that kind of abuse.
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