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Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2006
This shake tastes artificial- They should get real-tasting chocolate and maybe some hard served ice cream- Don't recommend it.
Posted by Swithin on 07/23/2006
On a nice evening, it's quite pleasant to dine al fresco in Madison Square Park. The Shake Shack provides seating, and if you prefer, there are park benches nearby. But the food is overpriced and overrated. The hambergers are small and don't have much flavor. I was told by a friend that it's excellent quality, lean beef. Maybe that's the problem. Hambergers need a bit of fat and should be juicier than the only-slightly-larger-than-White Castle slabs served here (though you can get double burgers, at a premium price). The fries are standard crinkle-cut, might as well be from the frozen food section. But the shakes are great.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2006
After waiting in line for 30 minutes...and waiting for our food for almost 20.... I would have to say... IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT! The Shack Sauce is Awesome...make sure you atleast get it on the side... I would have to say...it was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten.... Just be prepared to wait...and if you have patience.... I promise it's worth it!
Posted by new york city eater on 06/19/2006
I've been a couple of times and this is a very good burger. You see a lot of posts saying this is the best burger and sometimes that this is a very overrated burger etc etc. Burgers are like pizzas - there is a high degree of variability to each person's tastes. What few will disagree with is the quality of meat, fresh, not frozen and I believe is ground sirloin. The patty is of medium thickness, and it seems from people I've talked to here in NY many people like super thick patties, not my style. That said the patty was thin enough for me. It was juicy, and the bun was nice and soft. Overall it was a very good burger for my tastes. The french fries are not at the same level. They are those crinkle cut fries that you can get at the grocery. I much prefer fries from say Azul (LES) or Spotted Pig, but those are places where you'll easily drop 50 per person with wine, but there a lot of places that have better fries but these are certainly passable. Overall a very good burger in a great setting, just go early or late. I went last night (Sunday) at 9:30 and there was maybe a 5 minute wait.
Posted by NYer on 06/17/2006
This is NOT the best burger in the city. There's several places that give you a better burger and for a lot less money. I was aware of the waiting time of 45 minutes so I'll give that a pass, everyone knows about it.. However, the burger has a good consistency meaning it stuck together, but the flavor is subpar. The shakes (I got the chocolate shake) tasted like a fastfood shake with extra syrup, ack. A good place to meet your friends because you'll have lots of time to chit chat while waiting in line.
Posted by M on 06/14/2006
Best burger in NYC. The wait is long sometimes, but totally worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/25/2006
...but be prepared to wait in line once you do. if the line reaches the big tree (you'll know it when you see it), expect an hour wait. the food is greasy and great, and nothing beats eating in the park. the bird dog and shroom burger are great options for non red-meat eaters. and don't forget a milk shake! FYI--if you want to satisfy a milkshake craving sans food, go right up to the front of the line!