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 Tip: For 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!
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?