Burgers: Shake Shack

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Have you heard of Shake Shack before? It has quite the (good) reputation here in NYC, but being a New Yorker myself, I’m not sure how renowned it is outside of the NY Metro area.   The brainchild of Danny Meyer, the first (and for years, only) “shack” was located in Madison Square Park, with waits up to 2 hours! There’s even a Shack Cam that you can check out before you make your way over there, to see how long the line is.  In the past few years, Shake Shack has opened up several additional locations, the most recent located downtown, woohoo!

Of course, I’ve made several trips there since its opening…

On a recent visit with an eating buddy, we ordered a Shack Burger (with special sauce), a regular burger, Cheese Fries (cheese on the side) and my favorite – a Concreation (mmmm, more on that later).  My usual is the Shack Burger:

As a bit of background, I’m a huge In-N-Out fan and am super bummed it’s not on the East Coast!  Well, Shake Shack is a pret-ty close second.  The Shack Burger has lettuce, tomato, cheese, special sauce and a perfect patty.  It’s the perfect size – not too small, yet not too overwhelming. Yum!

The cheese fries (first picture) are also scrumptious.  I’m usually not the biggest fan of fries (gasp!), but these are hot, crispy and just slightly mealy.  And with the cheese sauce, these fries are extremely addictive.

And now on to my favorite – the Concreation:

Shake Shack has several “Concretes” – their specialty frozen custard blended with mix-ins.  You can order one of the preset combos, or make your own, the Concreation.  My favorite is vanilla custard with peanut butter sauce and Heath bar added in.  I ordered a half-size…so that’s healthy…right? Muahahaha.

While I wouldn’t wait more than 30 minutes on a Shack line, if you visit one of their locations on an off-time, it is totally worth it.  Try the Shack Burger and definitely order either a shake (also yum!) or a Concrete.  Yum!

Bonus TipFor only a few days around July 4th, Shake Shack offers a corn dog that is LITERALLY the best corn dog I’ve ever eaten. We’re talking triple dipped, multi-fried, amazingness.  If you find yourself at a Shake Shack around July 4th, the corn dog IS worth the wait!

Shake Shack
Various Locations (I visited the Battery Park City location)

A perfectly acceptable East Coast alternative to In-N-Out.

Have you heard of Shake Shack before?

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    September 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    That looks so yummy and those cheese fries? OMG, I want them! I love having lots of dipping options.

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      September 28, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Me too! I think the dips are always the best part of any meal 🙂

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    Geek in Heels
    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I remember being a bit underwhelmed the first time I tried Shake Shack. I mean, the burger is GREAT, but I expected more from all the raves I had heard. 🙁 I too, am a great fan of In-N-Out so have been curbing my cravings for good “fast food” burgers via Five Guys. BUT I must say that the best burger in NY — at least in my opinion — is from The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien!

    Sigh, now I REALLY want a burger for lunch. I may just have to get one!

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      September 28, 2011 at 3:07 am

      YUM! That is a good burger! I only wish it were easier to find a seat there!

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    Charlene @ Sweetchic
    September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’ve heard the NYC Bees rave about Shake Shack, and have seen it in movies too (Something Borrowed)… I’ve been dying to try!

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      September 28, 2011 at 3:08 am

      I think that means you need to visit NYC and try it 🙂

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    September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Look delicious Serena! gloria

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    September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Yum! There’s one here in DC that I’ve yet to try. It’s on my list, though, since I adore In-N-Out.

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    September 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I’m drooling on my keyboard!! Wish there was a shake shack near me!

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    September 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Yes! It’s so good. I’ve waited on the massive Madison Sq. park line a couple of times but have yet to try their other locations. I really need to soon because the burgers really are good.

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    September 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I’m from outside of NY and yes, Shake Shack is renowned here. When I was in NY, we passed up on one of the Shake Shack locations so we could try from the original location. Mistake. The line was super long and I am still burgerless to this day. Oh well, I have In-N-Out to keep me company. The Concreation sounds great!

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    September 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Wow, my mouth is watering! HUGE In ‘N Out fan, though I rarely venture to the one in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf. We always stop by on the way to Tahoe, though. Now I really want a burger for lunch. And the Concreation looks amazing!

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    September 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I *love* In ‘n Out, but unfortunately we don’t have those in WI. We don’t have really any good burger chains in WI (we just got Sonic recently! ridiculous.) other than Culvers, which is a local custard/burger place. I’ve always wanted to try Shake Shack!

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    September 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Holy cow, that looks fantastic!!

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    September 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    L and I heart Shake Shack! I wish I could send you In-N-Out via mail. 🙁

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      September 28, 2011 at 3:08 am

      That would be so amazing. A girl can dream… 😉

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    September 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try Shake Shack and now I have a serious craving for a burger! I’m a Californian so I also love In-N-Out but next time I’m in NYC I’ll have to check out Shake Shack. Also that custard thing looks ridiculous!

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    September 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    It looks like a great burger! No Shake Shack here, nor In n Out. Maybe we should be moving! lol

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    September 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

    i would love a concretes right now. looks amazing!

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    Kristin ~ Bien Living Design
    September 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I don’t even eat meat & I want one of those burgers!!

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    September 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I haven’t tried Shake Shack. I liked In-N-Out, definitely more than Five Guys which is pretty popular in the Midwest and East Coast. My new favorites are the Whole Foods burgers. They sell a variety of burgers, buffalo is one of my favorite. They also have sweet potato fries which are quite delicious!

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    September 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I feel like I need to try Shake Shack again. I wasn’t really blown away by it, but that could because I just started eating meat again last year. 🙂 I will be happy when they open up in Brooklyn this fall.

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    October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Um…DROOL! I want a concreation…stat!!!

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    October 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I just tried Shake Shack a few weekends ago. Best burger I’ve ever had, hands down. Though I’ve never had In-n-out burger! We waited an hour at the Madison location but so worth it. We just had a vanilla shake but I’m drooling over the sound of your concreation! I know they have a location in DC (which is a slightly shorter trip) so I will definitely be going back!

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