Shake Shack, New York
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to visit Shake Shack! I have been to NYC a few times now but didn’t visit Shake Shack until this trip. I know our first visit, I was on the hunt for the best bagel so my focus was just on bagels. Second visit, we had been to Chicago, and LA eating lots of burgers that by the time I got to NYC I couldn’t look at another burger. The third time, it was such a short visit that it didn’t even occur to me, so this time round, I had to make sure that I visit the place.
It has been compared to in-n-out burgers which can only be found on the West Coast of US. I LOVED the burger at in-n-out, it was simple and tasty, and even the menu was simple and easy to read. I think ‘The Mother’ and I went here three times to get our cheeseburger fix!
Now Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 and became very popular. It has locations in New York, Miami, Washington, Westport, Saratoga Springs and Middle East. In New York alone, it has seven different locations. You can even go on the Shack Cam to see if they are busy or not! COOL!
‘The Mother’ and I came here after we watched a very exciting but violent game of NHL. It wasn’t as violent as I had anticipated but it was definitely fun.
We both couldn’t go past the single ShackBurger ($4.55) – American cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce.
Oh my, soft bun, tender and succulent meat pattie, this burger was good! So good that I asked ‘The Mother’ if we could come back the next day for a little snack! The burger was just the right size, it wasn’t too big, and it didn’t have a lot of stuff. Simple burgers are usually the BEST burgers I think! I haven’t had a good burger since my last visit at Lotus – unfortunately they have closed so I am uber gutted!
We shared a serving of cheese fries ($3.65) – crinkle cut topped with Shack Cheddar and American cream sauce. I love crinkle cut fries so this was excellent, it was crunchy and soft pillowy at the same time. Excellent fries I say!
I ordered their fair shake ($5.50) – the most expensive thing I ordered, vanilla shake spun with 100% certified organic Arabia fairly traded coffee. It was good but not my favourite I thought, it was a little bit on the sweet side for my liking.
‘The Mother’ ordered the Arnold Palmer ($2.15) – half lemonade, half iced tea. I thought it sounded weird at first, but it was definitely refreshing. ‘The Mother’ thought it could be sweeter, but thought it was perfect for me. It had a little bit of fizz and it went down extremely nicely!
‘The Mother’ and I did come back for a late night snack, the Madison Square Park closes at 11pm so we rocked up at 10.45pm for a burger fix, after our early dinner. Disgusting I know but I really needed one last burger fix before we left NYC.
Eating in the cold isn’t ideal, but thankfully they had heaters and we sat right underneath one. The burgers are fantastic, compared with in-n-out? It’s been a while since I had in-n-out burger so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison. But I do remember loving it, but I think Shake Shack would have to be a little bit better. Regardless, AWESOME awesome burger! If only they had one in Australia!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
Shake Shack (Madison Square Park)
11 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Ph: +1 212 889 6600