Less than 36 Hours in Manhattan: Brunch
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
This four part piece is titled as such for two reasons. The first being that I don't want to be sued by the New York Times, and the second being that I was only in NYC for about 28 hours. And though those 28 hours flew by much too quickly, I was still able to fit in a blog-worthy brunch, bagel, coffee, and dinner.
We begin with brunch at Shopsin's...
Maybe this is a bad way to convince people to read the re-opening of my blog, but I'd like to pay homage to the late Kenny Shopsin, who didn't actually want to attract customers to his restaurant. So I'm not going to tell you very much about it.
I will, however, ask that to take my word for it. If you find yourself on the Lower East Side late morning, and you walk into Essex Market, and you see a line in front of Shopsin's, wait in it. Save yourself the stress (the menu is 8 pages long, NO substitutions allowed) and order a "slutty stuffed pancake". Pictured below is the OG, a cinnamon/peanut butter/pumpkin/pistachio pancake with sweet ricotta (before and after):
That's all that I'll say on this establishment, but trust me, you'll thank me. Now onto the rest of the market.
A trendy neighbourhood market, Essex Market has all of your staples: multiple butchers and bakeries, fresh fish, heavenly cheese, colorful fruit, etc. They also offer free cooking classes on Wednesdays and some more eclectic prepared cuisines, like ceviche and Sicilian street food.
Long story short, go to Essex Market. Drool over cheese offerings. Eat at Shopsin's.