With a menu as extensive as Shopsin's, there is a strong pull to try something different each time--everything sounds so freaking good. But then there's the comfort factor...it's a tough call. When you go to your favorite spot to eat do you stick with your tried and true? Or do you branch out an try something new each time? Lawman and I have been going to Shopsin's for nearly a decade (wow). We used to go most Sundays after Mass, alas, moving further out in Brooklyn and having a little guy has made it harder and harder to coordinate regular brunch visits. A couple weekends ago Lawman-in-law had been craving a Shopsin's visit himself so we all headed in for brunch.
For years (and I'm not even kidding about the years part) I was strictly a Piaf girl--scrambled eggs, fried onions, gruyere sauce, multi-grain toast. Fortunately I always had at least one or two dining companions who would let me taste their brunch. I finally branched out into the various Petes and Blisters and of course pancakes. This time around Lawman and Lawman-in-law went with the tried and true, an Indian Blisters on My Sisters and a Santana Pete, respectively, while I was the one that stepped out of the box and ordered the Eggs with Crisp Hash and toast ($18).
Don't be fooled by the picture above, there's about a pound of crispy and delicious hash under the eggs and toast. It was an enormous plate. Thankfully I had Little B giving me a hand otherwise it would have been an embarrassing showing--I just can't eat as much as I used to in my college days (hangs head). While the hash was great, I think I showed my true colors by scarfing down a fair amount of Lawman's Blisters...when it's been a long time between visits, I've got to satisfy those old cravings for the familiar (and make sure the next visit to try something new happens soon thereafter!)
Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002