If you have seen the hugely entertaining documentary film entitled "I like killing flies" about Shopsin's restaurant you know why I am somewhat apprehensive about spilling the proverbial beans about a fantastic little slider available in the Essex Street Market. It is not the threat of physical assault, although this is perhaps a possibility, that leads to this apprehension but rather the possibility that I will be banned by patriarch Kenny Shopsin who is notorious for shunning publicity.
Paradox: The sloppier looking the slider the better it tastes.
And what a calamity that would be because the sliders here are the best I have had in Manhattan, although that is not actually saying very much. In any case they are wonderful plump little patties and despite being cooked through they had plenty of succulence and flavor. Served on perfectly proportioned potato rolls with charred, grilled onions and a deliciously tangy cheddar from Saxelby cheese mongers next door the only thing missing in my opinion are pickle slices; With Gus's pickles just down the road this seems to be an easily rectifiable omission. Priced at 3 for $9 they would be considered expensive anywhere other than Manhattan, here they are a relative bargain because they are the closest I have come to White Mana style sliders in the city. So if you can't make it to Hackensack, NJ but want to sample a bit of the mid century magic that is the slider head on down to Shopsin's at the Essex Street Market. Just please don't tell them I sent you.
Shopsin's General Store
Open Tues. - Sat 9AM - 3PM
Stall #16 Essex Street Market
120 Essex St Market
NY NY 10002