The Shop’s gourmet and locally fresh menu has previously contained both savory and sweet crepes and salads, but chef and Binghamton alumnus Zoran, and life-partner Eugenie, have recently added sandwiches. The Shop’s extensive drink menu contains wines, craft mixes, spirits, “sippers,” “winter warmers,” spiked espressos, and authentic espressos (which you can get until 11 pm for those needed all-nighters). With prices that range from $4 to $14 this eatery where you can “just be” is also easy on a student’s wallet.
Our first dish was the shallot chive gournay creamed cheese arugula toasted baguette salad. The creamed cheese could be spread on the perfectly toasted baguette slices and arugula placed atop for easy assembly. The greens were crisp and fresh, and the house-made shallot chive gournay creamed cheese added the perfect amount of flavor without overpowering the baguette or arugula. It was all perfectly complimented and a perfectly sized appetizer to share with a friend.
The white truffle oil spinach Havarti and Swiss savory crepe was unlike any crepe I’d ever had before. The truffle oil was subtle yet flavorful which was matched by perfectly melted Swiss cheese and fresh spinach. As a crepe should be, this one was light and fluffy, yet perfectly thin so as to not fall apart nor overwhelm the guest. I will definitely need to return to The Shop soon to try the other thirteen savory crepes on their local and sustainable menu, which I am sure are all utterly magnificent.
Above is an upcoming new addition to The Shop’s current menu, a deep molasses barbeque pork shoulder sandwich. The meat was easy to bite, tender, juicy, and packed with BBQ flavor. The fresh baby pea shoots and perfectly toasted bun brought in fresh and crisp flavors to compliment the pork shoulder. The sandwich also came with an adorable side of spicy French cornichon (in case you were wondering these are mini pickles) and salt chips.
Out of the eight sweet crepes The Shop has to offer, we ate the strawberry compote banana honey cream. The crepe was appropriately thick but with crispy edges, and generously sized (and for $2 less you can opt for a children’s size). I am usually not a fan of whipped cream at all, but the house-made, light, and fluffy honey whipped cream took me by surprise with its delicious taste. It added slight flavor to the juicy and soft strawberry compote and fresh, sliced bananas.
We were given two of The Shop’s 23 “sparklers:” Blood Orange and Black Currant, which are composed of sparkling white wine brut, liqueurs, and juices. The blood orange was lighter in flavor and taste whereas the black currant was a deep berry, also sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The scrumptious Espresso Vodka Martini was also well prepared and each sip embraced you with deep, rich tang.
The Shop had incredible food and is great for friends, family, dates, or to unwind by yourself. It is the perfect bar, café, and eatery for any occasion.