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Posted by Elsie on 07/02/2009
I went there for the first time yesterday. I have always been put off by the line and the hype, but was in the mood for a burger and there was a jazz band playing next door, and alot of cute guys standing around so I decided to risk it. The line, of course, was long but moved at a good pace. When you get to the cashier it is no frills ordering; know what you want; pay your bill; take your beeper thingee; and move out of the way. My friend and I managed to get a table and the music on the stage was so good that the 15 minute wait for the food didn't feel long at all. Our beeper went off and the moment of truth was upon us. I tasted my fries before I even sat down. Crispy, potatoey and not greasy but sadly stone cold. We ordered cheeseburger (of course) and sat and prepared them with the onions, pickles and condiments provided. I finally bit into it and I was in heaven. The first sense I got from my taste buds was that it tasted really fresh! The second was a juicy beef flavor that I sadly hadn't tasted in a long time. The very soft and slightly sweet bun with all of the condiments and extras only added to the overall taste and texture. Very good! The cons are that it was only lukewarm by the time I ate it and that it was too damned small. I would gladly pay an extra buck or two for a bigger meat patty if the quality and freshness of the meat remained the same. I've had the burger at the Spotted Pig (nice but too expensive and the meat is overly ground- the french fries are the real star here) , Parker Meridian (too much charcoal on my last burger and on the smallish side) and alot of other place that make pretty good burgers but to date...Shake Shack is #1 on flavor, quality and price.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/19/2009
I am a huge fan of burgers and have tried several different burger joints throughout the city and I honestly was shocked at how mediocre this burger was. I had a double cheese burger and it was not what I expected at all after rave review and rave review. The line was not that long so I cannot complain about the line but the food was so disappointing. I did like the fries but if you are a true fan of the burger save your time and money. There are so many better options than the Shake Shack.
Posted by Veronica SB on 06/09/2009
Yes the line is way long but it’s worth setting aside some time to check this out (or come on a not-great weather day or odd timeslot for a shorter line)… It’s worth the hype! The burgers are AWESOME – flavorful & moist. The fries are excellent as well. The frozen custard is spectacular. They have so many delicious sounding things on the menu that I’ve haven’t even tried yet but I hope to in the future. There's a big payoff after waiting in line, if you've got the time - it's amazing to eat this food while enjoying a nice spring/summer/fall day... (if I withstood cold weather better, I'd have included winter there)!
Posted by Mr. Picky on 05/30/2009
This is the Magnolia cupcake of burgers. I grew up in Manhattan, have lived here my whole life, and I always wondered if the the burgers here were any good. Today I stood on line for 25 minutes and the food lived completely down to my expectations. I like the setup and eating in the park but I wouldn't wait on line for THREE minutes to eat this stuff again. There are so many better hamburgers elsewhere in NYC. This isn't even as good as most coffee shop burgers. Believe the hype only if you choose to. (The shake was pretty good though!)
Posted by ashley on 05/23/2009
So after hearing about this place on the food network, travel channel, etc.. I decided to prepare myself for the line and brace myself for disappointment. That never came thankfully, even though the line was long, since it was nice out you barely care. As i walk up to place my order I was expecting maybe some type of blah "what do u want & order quick" type of attitude. Pleasantly the staff was wonderful and very friendly, i almost want to do a repeat apperance today!! The burger was moist and yummy i kept on making the homer simpson noise "mmmmm"...
Posted by elaine on 05/15/2009
they make a great burger! and great fries! i never going during peak hours (which is getting more and more difficult) because i won't wait 1/2 hour or more for a burger, but if you don't mind hanging out the burgers are great. the prices are fair. the park is pretty...well, yeah, maybe the birds are a little annoying, but it's a park!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2009