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New York City Restaurants


  • 120 Essex St. Map It
  • Lower East Side
  • Eclectic

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

Don't ask for substitutions or sauce on the side at New York's most eccentric eatery because Kenny Shopsin, owner and chef, really may toss you out or ban you for life; somehow the attitude is part of the appeal here. Though the eclectic menu runs to literally hundreds of items—from pumpkin pancakes to chilaquiles, and from chili cheeseburgers to lamb-curry soups—even the strangest foods conjured up in his tight diner kitchen taste pretty great. The mac-and-cheese pancakes have loyal followers (they're even better with hot sauce). The space in the Essex market is tiny, so expect to wait. Parties of more than four aren't accepted.

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120 Essex St., near Rivington St., in Essex Market, New York, New York, 10002, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • No credit cards
  • Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 02/25/2014


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Oct 14, 2012

If you enjoy severe verbal abuse and overpriced food

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.

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