gothamist.com reports that Shopsin's is kaput.
I haven't seen the movie and wish I could get a copy.
The first time I went there was around 1979. I was wandering around the Village, where I lived, having gotten out of work early. It was around 3 in the afternoon, and after awhile I passed this place that looked like a general store maybe from the 30's. Maybe it had a sign that said "General Store" or "Grocer," I can't remember.
I went in, and there was nobody there, but I saw a menu, so I figured it was a restaurant. I sat by myself at a big wooden table.
After a little while, a boy came out of the back. There were about four other tables, all empty, but he sat right across from me, didn't say anything, took out a looseleaf notebook, and started to do his math homework. We didn't talk to each other.
After another little while, a woman came out, who turned out to be Eve Shopsin, and gave me a menu, and lunch proceded. The sandwich was okay but it was all the toys around, the boy doing his homework, the 30's music playing, that just gave the place such a great feeling.
(I think in more recent years it would have been closed in that time period between lunch and dinner)
From that day on, for many years, I was a frequent habitue (though maybe not a "regular.") Shopsin's was one of the few restaurants where I could take my son from babyhood on. There used to be a waitress there named Julie who would give my husband and me a little baby break by carrying my son on her shoulders as she took orders.
There were also times when we tried to slip in five people, but Kenny wouldn't stand for it (of course). I think once Eve died and they moved it wasn't the same.
Favorite dishes: Barbeque'd Pulled Pork Platter (with tamale)
Various Soups of course.
Kenny Shopsin closed their restaurant and are now located in the Essex Street market. 102 Essex Street in the Lower East Side. My friends and I just ate there last Saturday. It was delicious!
If you havent been there you MUST go - great, great food!
Closed? so they are in their 3rd location now?