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Posted by H on 10/23/2006
Last year, and I plan to go back this year to get it they had a really really yummy pumpkin pie version of the concreation. A definite calorie splurge in my book.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2006
This place is classic. The burgers are delicious and the park is beautiful. The only drawback is the ridiculous line.
Posted by midtown eater on 10/19/2006
Don't really know why this is so popular. The best part of the burger are the buns (it really is the perfect burger bun) and the cheese (nice and gooey). The meat is fatty and salty. The hot dogs are substandard (my Chicago Dog was cold). Would be acceptable if there was no wait, but there always is one.
Posted by curtyv on 08/29/2006
A bit much to pay for a mid-range burger. But the atmosphere of Madison Square Park (one of my favorites) makes up for the price tag. The burgers are small, but tasty; get two or pair it up with a shake. (avoid the fries, read below to find out why) If you're vegetarian or want to try something different, the mushroom burger is highly recommended. Despite the long lines, service has always been friendly and prompt.
Posted by Mr. NYC on 08/19/2006
The best part of the "Shake Shack" is the park atmosphere! The burgers are dull and flat...small for the price, and the fries are basic at best..!! The shakes were ok but not the best . Overall I would rate the shack F ......for failing to make the mark. If you are visting NYC...Do yourself a favor ..(take a short tript o Astoria blvd).. Take the train or a taxi to a Greek diner in Astoria Queens.There you will find the best.. shakes and burgers in NYC......and some movie history.
Posted by NewYorker on 08/15/2006
I am not one to go online to evaluate restaurants but I am simply tired of reading the raving reviews for the Shake Shack. In my opinion, this shack is overrated and gets publicity mainly because it is owned by a well known restauranteur who owns several restros in NY and around Mad Sq Park. The crowd around the Shack is pretentious. The lines are ridiculously long. The burgers are mediocre at best. I have tried several "dishes" here and--honestly--they are basically decent, nothing special, even less then special. The lemonade tastes like a mix I could have made at home for a fraction of the price; the fries were soggy and bland. Other restros do it better, for less and without all the pretention or press.
Posted by NYC foodie on 08/14/2006
I have been here twice since moving to NYC. Very local lunch crowd. The burger is a flavorful, juicy burger, no frills - just great taste. I think they are a combo of ground brisket and sirloin (?) and the bun is amazingly fresh. The shakes are very good, too. Expect to wait in a long line if you go at prime lunch hours, but it is worth the wait. DO not even think of making the same mistake I did and ordering the Chicago style hot dog. I love Chicago style hot dogs, so I knew what to expect, but this was not to my liking. Bright, artificial-looking, green relish, a dry poppy seed bun...just too gross to even finish eating it. You would think that Danny Meyer could create something better than this pathetic version of a Chicago Style dog. Skip the fries - they are like frozen rest stop fries. Good thing their burgers are SO good...I am definitely hooked!