On a beautiful Spring day, what is better than enjoying a burger and a shake in a lush green park? That’s what being American is all about right? Well, on a perfect Spring day in New York I spent the afternoon in gorgeous Madison Square Park enjoying Shake Shack.
If you live in New York, you are damn lucky to have such an awesome lunch location as Shake Shack. Yes, the line is long. But it is worth the wait and honestly the wait isn’t so bad given the wonderful and lively park setting around you. *
The burger is perfectly charred and juicy with a sweet soft bun. The fries are crispy, not too oily with just the right amount of salt. Now getting to the good stuff…
Shake Shack offers shakes, cones, and concretes (think Dairy queen blizzards – dense frozen blends). With so many ice cream options it was hard to choose, but I went with a classic and got a vanilla shake. Some say boring, I say tried, true and delicious. The shake was thick while remaining drinkable and it was sweet, smooth and satisfying. Should I have ordered a cone, a sundae and a concrete to boot? Yes I should have, but I’ll have to save that for next time. Until then this will be the shake I hold all other shakes up to.
* On our visit we were lucky enough to get to experience the limited time Eat Madison Square Park, which was a mini festival of some of New York’s finest eateries. While waiting in line, R was able to check out Eat Madison Square Park and he brought back some Asia Dog while we waited to order our Shake Shack (yes we are pigs). If you live in NY go check it out, it lasts until June 3rd and offers some amazing eats.
Where: Southwest corner of Madison Square Park
Madison Ave and east 23rd st.
When: 11am -11pm
Why: The perfectly cooked burger is well worth the long wait. Bonus- just want one of their incredible shakes, or a cone, or a concrete jump in line B for a shorter wait!
AlejandraJune 1, 2011
I love that you got hotdogs while waiting for your burger!
the roaming bellyJune 1, 2011
ok, fess up. what’s better, in-n-out or shake shack?
i LOVE thick milk shakes. yumz.
lynn @ he actor's dietJune 1, 2011
ahhhh, shake shack! i remember when i lived in nyc and it just opened; funny to see what a crazy phenomenon it has turned into. i will definitely be hitting it up again when i return end of june!
Pinoy PandaJune 1, 2011
After all these years, you know I still haven’t been. We passed it twice on my recent trip to New York last February. First after our dinner at Maialino’s and dessert at Eataly. (Too full to eat anymore) Then right before our dinner at Eleven Madison Park. (Didn’t want to ruin appetite). I will definitely not miss it this coming October.
freesoftJune 1, 2011
Thank you..really informative!!
Allison [Haute Box]June 1, 2011
HELLLLO! That looks amazing. Next time I am in NYC, I am hittin’ up the Shake Shack. You have me inspired…so much that I want to grill a burger tonight and make a homemade shake!
NastassiaJune 1, 2011
Alejandra- that’s how I roll 🙂 couldn’t pass up a chance to try asia dog when it was across the street!
Roaming Belly – Even though i’m a native angeleno I have to say Shake Shack!
Lynn- I’m back in NY end of June and can’t wait to make my way back to the shack!
Limer- do it!
EsiJune 2, 2011
ReubenJuly 21, 2011
I had my first taste of Shake Shack during my first visit to NYC 2 years ago… I’ve been trying to find something in California that even resembles the burgers there.
I definitely have to agree that Shake Shack is much tastier than In-n-Out…