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Menu design

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 08, 2011

Art of the Menu is a new collection of well-designed menus by the folks who bring you Brand New. Two of the most interesting menus I’ve run across are Shopsins’ (the design of which I wrote about several years ago) and Alinea’s (the menu is an infographic).

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The Shopsin’s philosophy

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 10, 2008

This NY Times article about Shopsin’s is full of wisdom and bullshit (sometimes both at the same time) from owner Kenny Shopsin.

“I dedicate myself to consuming all sorts of ideas,” says Shopsin, an avid reader and Internet crawler. “Eventually something inside me, probably skewed by my erotic feelings about breasts and things like that, assembles a product and just shoots it up.” For example, a recent item on the food blog Serious Eats about foods on a stick led to the State Fair combo plate: corn-dog sausage, s’mores pancakes and chicken-fried eggs. New dishes are printed on the menu the same day: “I spent almost $3,000 on toner in the last three months,” Shopsin says.

Love it. Check out the video of Shopsin cooking his mac ‘n’ cheese pancakes.

Shopsin’s cookbook

posted by Jason Kottke   May 24, 2008

Kenny Shopsin, the proprietor of NYC institution Shopsin’s, is coming out with a cookbook. Eat Me: The Food and Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin is out in September.

Shopsin’s, who closed their beloved eatery in

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 03, 2007

Shopsin’s, who closed their beloved eatery in the West Village last month, has updated their web site with plans to open in a stall at the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side. (thx, janelle)

Quirky West Village eatery Shopsin’s finally closes

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 20, 2006

Quirky West Village eatery Shopsin’s finally closes for good. Once more, with feeling: the Shopsin’s menu and Calvin Trillin’s classic piece about the restaurant in the NYer.

Update: James Felder wrote a nice remembrance of eating at Shopsin’s on its final day for Serious Eats. (thx, adam)

I Like Killing Flies is a 2004 documentary

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 24, 2006

I Like Killing Flies is a 2004 documentary about Shopsin’s, a unique NYC eatery. Playing at NYC’s Cinema Village this coming weekend. See also Shopsin’s menu design and Calvin Trillin’s classic NYer piece.

Quirky Manhattan eatery Shopsin’s not moving to

posted by Jason Kottke   May 09, 2006

Quirky Manhattan eatery Shopsin’s not moving to Brooklyn as previously reported.

Shopsin’s is moving to Brooklyn. Wonder at

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 29, 2006

Shopsin’s is moving to Brooklyn. Wonder at the marvelous information design of Shopsin’s menu or read Calvin Trillin’s outing of the restaurant in the New Yorker.