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Perhaps no place is as synonymous with Essex Market as Shopsin’s, the enigmatic breakfast and brunch spot. Opened by Kenny Shopsin back in the 80s, the restaurant was a destination to try brunch dishes like mac and cheese pancakes and more sandwiches than you can imagine. In addition to that, people came to interact and experience Kenny and his family’s vocal personalities (if you’re interested in learning more, watch Kenny’s documentary I Like Killing Flies). Although Kenny recently passed away, the restaurant still lives on with its large menu, tremendous breakfast food, and a no-substitutions policy. Make sure you get the Ebelskivers, Danish stuffed pancakes that come with jam - one time I ordered them and got an audible “nice” from the waiter.
Movie Pairing: Death Becomes Her (Hulu)
“There are a handful of movies I watched repeatedly as a child, and all of them were on VHS. Like Singin’ in the Rain and whatever the second Predator was called. Death Becomes Her also somehow snuck in there, and, to this day, it’s burned in the back of my brain. And understandably so, seeing as how this movie stars Goldie Han as the vengeful ex-lover of a milquetoast Bruce Willis, who abandoned poor Goldie for a friend played by (and I could be pronouncing this wrong) Meryl Streep. The movie is tough to categorize - but if Blockbuster were still a thing, I’d put it in the Gothic ’90s Comedy section (alongside Serial Mom and Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead). For this film, you need a dinner that’s equally complex and unclassifiable, so I suggest Shopsins, where you can get some enchiladas, oreo pancakes, or matzo ball soup. They’re open for pickup on the LES.” - BK
Shopsins is sort of like birdwatching or Tik Tok. You’re either obsessed with it or you have no real understanding of what it entails. For those in the former category, know that all of your favorite macaroni-stuffed pancakes and gargantuan sandwiches are available for pick-up in Essex Market. You can see their menu and place your order here.