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Mar 9, 2006 09:26 AM


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How long a wait for a Saturday 1:30 PM brunch? And is it worth it?

(Looking for slightly better than a coffee shop but not an elegant, one hour wait fancy brunch.)

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  1. It's no secret that we really adore Shopsin's, so my vote is yay. You might have to wait for a while (20-30 minutes), but there's enough there to keep you occupied-- the menu, for example. I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes, but I do know that it gets busy during brunch time.



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    1. re: Nosher

      We've been meaning to try Shopsin's for a while now.

      What are some of your favorite items on the menu? It's so huge, I wouldn't want to misstep.

      It seems like a good place to take children, am I right? We've been promising my BFs three very young siblings an ice cream/lunch date and I've been trying to come up with something better than Serendipity. They live in Tribeca so Shopsin's seems like a good fit.

      1. re: CornflakeGirl

        Just make sure it's only you with the three kids-- there's a 4-person/party cap. But you're right, it is a fun place to take a child (or three). We wrote about it in September, and there are pictures and a review on our site. I'll say in advance of that though that I really love the jalapeno cheese grits. If you go for lunch, their soups are also excellent.



        1. re: Nosher

          One of my faves is blisters on my sisters.

            1. re: gnomyhomey

              Their menu is linked below. Blisters on my sisters is on page 10.


        2. re: CornflakeGirl

          you need to know shopsins won't seat party's larger then 4. ever for eny reason and kids count. and blisters on my sister around level 7 is perfect, unless you have a wicked hangover, then go mack and cheese pancakes. Skip the syrup, and go butter and salt with poutine as a side. sliders are a big hit as well


      2. do they still have the 4 person limit, now that they have moved into their new digs?

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        1. re: Get In My Belly

          Yes, all the same rules still apply. As for Saturday morning, which is usually when I go, if you get there at 9:30 - opening time - there is no wait.

        2. If by "new digs" you mean the 54 Carmine St. location they've now occupied for several years, the answer is yes, still no parties larger than 4.

          1. I once tried to eat at this restaurant at 2:45 or so, on a day when they are "open" till 3:30. I was extremely excited, but the doors were locked, there were just a few tables dining, and that was that. No food for us. I have read all about Kenny Shopsin including Calvin Trillin's "expose" on the place, and so I was ready for strict rules and whatever else was thrown at us, including the fact that the place closes early. Fine. But to be denied service 45 minutes before the place was closed? The fact that we went out of our way to follow their rules to the letter and still didn't get to eat there put a very sour taste in my mouth.

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            1. re: psmalera

              When they say close at 3:30 - they mean it. They want customers out by 3:30. You werent following their rules hard enough. Onetime they locked it at 10:30am because they had enough people on their wait list.

              1. re: csw

                Well I must plead guilty to not following their rules hard enough. If they can write a haiku about parties of 5 or more, perhaps they can write a sonnet explaining that open until 3:30 means closed by 2:45.

                Anyway, this is off topic, except to point out that if you really want to eat there, you better make sure you arrive with plenty of time.

                1. re: psmalera

                  Hey Psmalera,

                  I think I might have been there the day you're talking about -- it was the recent switch from DST, a few weeks ago. It was a Sunday and we had lost an hour, but I noticed that they hadn't moved back their wall clock. I noticed they locked the door around 2:30 -- we were still waiting for a table, so I refrained from saying anything for fear of incurring someone's wrath (and possibly being denied service?).

                  Could this be the reason?

                  1. re: baldwyck

                    Hmm-- I do recall someone waiting for a table, but the place was nowhere near full-- like 4 tables dining, tops. Perhaps you got in just under the gun? Anyway, this very well could be what happened. I just can't remember if it was daylight savings.

                    Do you remember me standing outside the window with a look of shock on my face for about ten minutes before finally shambling off? :)

                    1. re: psmalera

                      Ha! It's possible you came by after we had already been seated, well after they locked the door.

                      That was a terrible day for us there - took close to two hours for us to get a table for four. I think we got skipped once or twice by some parties who received preferential treatment.

            2. anyone know the story re: whether shopsin's is going to stay at their carmine st location or move to brooklyn? last time i was there (early summer), the waitress told me that kenny shopsin was still very uncertain of this himself.

              for what it's worth, here are a few more recommended dishes at shopsins: norwegian crepes; cinnamon apple pancakes; flapjacks; huckleberry pancakes; sneaky pete; slutty pancakes; scrambled egg dishes; egg dish with shrimp frittata.

              general rule of thumb at this place is to keep things simple; don't order anything too complicated. the menu is very hit-or-miss, and its detractors can sometimes be just as loud as its fans.

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              1. re: lebron

                Pray-tell: I just have to ask..."slutty pancakes"...?

                1. re: Polecat

                  yes what are those slutty pancakes? and there is a doc that arrived in theatres recently maybe it's on dvd now on shopsin's so you can get a little taste of the joint.

                  also, did eve pass awya? according to the movie she did, which is very sad. last time i was at shopsin's was a little less than a year ago.

                  they still make tremendous knockoffs of Orange Julious drinks, complete with an Orange Julious logo from way back when.

                  And as a nice frame of reference "All the cooks were condoms" just in case you were wondering.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Yes, Eve did pass away. About 3 or 4 years ago. It was very, very sad.