Shake Shack


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Shake Shack is a New York City staple. Most days at the Madison Square Park location, the line extends pretty far through the park, but I headed over on a misty afternoon knowing the wait wouldn’t be quite so bad.

The food:
To maintain my points of comparison with all past burger joints, I ordered my usual bacon double cheeseburger and fries, and Shake Shack’s burger holds up. The meat was juicy and cooked just right. The bacon wasn’t too crispy, nor was it too raw. Sometimes, when ordering medium rare burgers with bacon means I wind up with grease all over my hands, but this wasn’t the case. The fries were crinkle-cut, a real game changer when compared to the many places that serve shoestring or natural-cut.

The drinks:
Shake Shack offers their own brew as well as a variety of sodas and milk shakes. I, unfortunately, didn’t have the stomach for more than what I ordered. Next time I’ll go for the shake (or beer), too.

The service/ambience:
Madison Square Park has been one of my favorite spots in Manhattan for a while, so the fact that Shake Shack is located in the park just about does it for me. The outdoor seating is tucked away under big, shady trees, but if you sit in the right spot you’ll still have a great view of Fifth avenue and the Flatiron Building. That’s hard to beat.

On top of that, I was pleasantly surprised with how patient and kind the cashiers were. Shake Shack is well-organized, so even when it gets busy they don’t seem overwhelmed.

All in all, I’d say the Shake Shack burger deserves its fame. When visiting NYC, this place is a must. In the meantime, I’ll continue searching for a rival that truly rivals the Shack.