Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shopsin's General Store

Note: Dave and I are both on vacation, and we are hoping to get a bunch of posts in before the next onslaught of rotations. Here are some of our adventures from the past few months...

Fleurise and Jeremy (both post-call) and Mike and I (on our vacations) decided to go to Shopsin's General Store for brunch on a random Wednesday morning.

Contrary to its name, Shopsin's is actually an eatery (Stall #16, Essex Street Market, Lower East Side), although if one expects to be able to buy most anything at a general store, then their ridiculously extensive menu does contribute to a feeling of being able to order anything you might possibly feel like eating, or at least something very close to it.

Seating is extremely limited, and once the establishment found out that I was running late and not yet with the group, they made the other three get back up from the table, leaving them to pace anxiously while a few hipsters took over one of the other tables. I did show up soon thereafter and the four of us ordered blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes, lemon ricotta pancakes, slutty pancakes, and a combination of pancakes, along with bacon, fried brussel sprouts, and andouille sausage.

The ricotta pancakes were made as regular pancakes but with a ricotta filling; they were light and delicious. The slutty cakes (peanut butter, pumpkin, pistachios) and combo pancakes (3 way between slutty, lemon ricotta, cinammon raisin), with their unusual fillings, had a nice texture, and were fun to eat. The bacon was incredible!! It was crunchy with honey or maple syrup drizzled all over - probably the tastiest way to serve bacon, ever. We liked that we could order brussel sprouts for brunch and were tickled to discover that the dish comes with a bottle of Brussel Sprout Sauce.

Definitely come here for brunch, although be warned that Shopsin's will not serve groups larger than 4, requires that everyone order a meal, and takes only cash. Afterward, you can stroll around the market and maybe pick up cheese from Saxelby Cheesemonger for later (she is in the stall next door and has a small cheese cave you can view.)

120 Essex St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 924-5160

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