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Posted by momo on 08/11/2005
Overpriced and overhyped standard-tasting burgers. They were not bad, but not good either. The size did not make up for the standardness either. A weak burger, which is really surprising since it's a Danny Meyer deal. I didn't think liqui-cheese would be served here. It's really just all about the park and the design of the shack. Not really about the burgers. After the lines and the just-ok food, I'll go somewhere else instead and bring it to the park to eat.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2005
This place gets my vote for best burger in NYC. Maybe not the best value as it costs around $6 for my favorite, the double Shack Burger, but it is the juiciest burger I have ever eaten. I was pretty disappointed by Blue 9 Burger and other Burger places and was pretty wary about this place but it's hard to argue when you're getting DRAGGED there. I was a happy man after my first bite and have been hooked since then. In fact I think I've gone every week this summer. As many (if not all) reviewers have stated, the wait is long. Around 25 mins on a good day, 45 on a busy day. However, in all fairness there is really only 1 chef for the burgers. 1 helper for fries and toasting the buns and the chef is hand-molding the burger patties. I think it's worth the wait for a hand-molded, freshly cooked burger than one that some kid plopped in a microwave and hit the "COOK" button for 30 seconds, or a patty that's still frozen inside when cooked anything but well done. The burgers are worth the wait. They are very juicy and flavorful. In fact I would recommend you order fries to eat first so you can let the burger rest so the juices don't all flow out in the first bite. One thing which I am not crazy about is their lemonade. Both times that I have tried it, it was so sweet I felt I was becoming diabetic after the 2nd sip. Nowadays I just get the Arnold Palmer and all is good. For hot dogs, I prefer F&B. So in closing, go there, try it out. Bring a book, magazine, newspaper or better yet bring a friend so you won't be bored while waiting. Get some of the best takeout food you'll ever have and enjoy the beautiful park while you eat.
Posted by Jaz on 07/31/2005
If you're a burger-lover or even if you just like the occasional burger, you've gotta go here. The burgers at the Shake Shack are out-of-this world - juicy and fresh and really tasty! The shakes are really good too - rich and creamy but not too sweet. I recommend the black and white, which is a vanilla and chocolate blend. All around, a perfect weekend afternoon treat and totally worth the wait!
Posted by John Z on 07/14/2005
I walked up holding a pretty high standard for Shake Shack to meet (having won Best Burger in NYC, it's understandable), but I have to say it met my expectations. I ordered a Double Shack burger with a Chicago Dog, Cheese Fries, and a Chocolate Shake. The burger was fantastic - one of the best I've ever hard. The meat was seasoned great and you can really tell that they used sirloin and brisket instead of ground chuck. It was moist, had a lot of 'give' fit the bun perfectly, and should satisfy anyone looking for a terrific burger. The Chicago Dog I had lower expecations of since everyone kept saying how not good it was. I was pleasantly surprised. All the ingredients, from the red pepper to the pickles to the pepporcini were super fresh and super flavorful. The dog itself was alright, but when combined with the pumpernickel bun, it was a treat. It didn't blow me away, but it was definitely a tasty treat. The shake was good. Smooth texture with a rich taste. Not super chocolatey, but it was alright. Fries looked like standard store bought kind, but don't be fooled - they were extra crispy with a nice potato flavor. The cheese topping also tasted above average. Pricey for a lunch, but worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2005
Okay, so I've only had two things here. The milkshakes are the BEST. Really, really, really good. Cannot stress this enough. Fries are not bad either.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2005
One has to wonder what has gone wrong in our society when the concession stand in a public park serves a hot dog that commands a princely $3. Yikes! Is the Shake Shack's Chicago Dog worth the money? Not in my book. The burgers offer better value, but are they worth a typical half-hour wait from the time you get in line to order to the time you can actually pick up your order? Not in my life.
Posted by Richard on 06/05/2005
On a gorgeous Saturday at 1:15PM it took 15 minutes to get through the line to order, an additional 20 minutes to get the food. I had the Shack Burger (perfectly decent) and a chocolate shake (excellent texture, but barely a hint of chocolate flavor). The setting was sublime, which is what made the experience worthwhile. I would not go out of my way to return, but would happily join someone who suggested a visit, assuming the weather was favorable.