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Although I love going out to eat in New York, I usually count on my friends to give me restaurant suggestions. Some of the best places are often small, informal, and known only to locals.
The 2004 documentary I Like Killing Flies by Matt Mahurin focuses on Kenny Shopsin, owner/cook of a small Greenwich Village eatery called Shopsin's. Kenny is quite the individual, but despite his sometimes cantankerous manner, he has had decades of faithful customers.
In this quirky documentary, filmmaker Matt Mahurin peers into Shopsin's, a hole-in-the-wall Greenwich Village restaurant that's been dutifully serving comfort food to satisfied customers for more than 30 years. Lording over the eatery is hilarious, ersatz philosopher/owner Kenny Shopsin, who caters to his regulars while dispensing tough love with his okra chowder. And he's just as likely to throw his customers out as he is to take their orders.I wonder how many people watched this film and then decided they had to eat at Shopsin's. Great documentary for foodies and fans of the oddities of New York City.
I found this little video on Kenny and Shopsin's on YouTube. It made me hungry!
There a slightly different snippet on Netflix, which you can see by clicking here.