Shake Shack

New York City, NY. Remember those days, waiting in line at a theme park, surrounded by a diverse group of people in anticipation of what's to come? This is slightly reminiscent of that experience, with a slight change: the fun happens in your mouth and the wait is in Madison Square Park. The experience can be just as memorable as those roller coasters and possibly more so.  You have probably heard about the lines here. Yes, it is THAT good, but some words of wisdom: even during non-peak hours, prepare yourself for at least a 30-minute wait...if you can endure that then you'll certainly be fine to feast.

Don't let this featured franchise fool you - the food is quite addictive, enough so that you may find yourself going once, twice, or three times in just one visit to New York City. When all you have to go back to are over popularized burger joints advocating healthy and fresh, this is a nice little escape during your escape to offer a range of delicious choices. If I lived in Manhattan, I'd pace myself back a bit (let's hope).

Cheese Fries - Crinkle or krinkle cut fries? I remember these from my school cafeteria and never really seemed to like them but was hopeful I'd like them now. Let's just say that I'm still a fan of other fry variations to these. The fries are saturated with a generous 'drizzle' of cheddar cheese and crispy, at first. Over the time it takes to choose what other items to eat, the fries tend to sog, but the sauce remains fun to dip other food items into to switch up the flavors.

Custard Shake - is probably one of the better milkshakes I've had or allowed myself to have in recent years. The shake is rich, dense, sweet, and creamy...all the things to make it wonderful. It's cold and it's thick, yet it's nearly impossible to wait until it melts a bit more before you take on the challenge of sucking it down. I drank feverishly until I finished with nearly a brain freeze in its wake. Oh...but it was worth it.

'Shroom Burger and Custard Shake
'Shroom Burger - an explosion...simply an explosion of gooey, delicious flavor in my mouth. It's an easy concept: portobello mushroom filled with Muenster and cheddar cheeses, fried to a crunch, topped with lettuce, tomato, and topped with their 'sauce' in a lightly toasted half-sliced bun. It's also an ideal scenario: a bite, an explosion of cheese, the bun catches, and my lap is free from the oily mess that is common amongst burger joints. Even if you're not a mushroom lover, this burger will temporarily make you forget that little tidbit about yourself.

The longer you wait, the more you may want to order, but don't fret, there are a number of locations to get your fix. It can seem a bit unreasonably priced for just an order of burger and fries, but after the last lip-smacking morsel, it just seems worth it.  If you're craving a burger (or a twist on one) make an effort to stop by. If you're visiting NYC, put it in your itinerary. Give it a chance and see for yourself why this 'ride' is worth the wait.

Shake Shack
E 23rd St & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600