Shopsins [Click the photo above to go to Shopsins website]

120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

If you’re in the mood for a big brunch go to Shopsins on the LES! It is inside a supermarket, doesn’t take reservations, and only takes parties of 3 or less, and kitchen closes at 3 (oh AND closed on sundays, go on a saturday). Even with all those limitations it’s worth it!

Their specialty is Blisters on my Sisters (die for their name), but I went for ham & cheese grits and french toast grilled cheese with poached eggs.

I didn’t die for the grilled cheese, but the grits were perfect! It’s definitely worth the cals.

We waited on line for a while, bc there are maybe 8 tables, but the menu is so extensive I spent the entire time debating about what i wanted to eat..

I got to catch up with my friend and drank an iced coffee while we waited to be seated.


Meet the owner of Shopsins, Kenny Shopsin! He is what you would call a character. When I was in search of a restroom (i drank a lot of iced coffee) he handed me 2 keys and said “they’re real ass holes here. They make you go upstairs.”

I asked which key was for the upstairs and his response was “the one that’s not for downstairs.”

Im in love. Im in love, and I don’t care who knows it!

Shopsins: 120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

My friend got the pancakes with eggs stuffed imbetween the pancakes. she clearly liked them.


I cannot help myself! Here are the ham & cheese grits!