Let’s continue with the reviews. I’m going a little out of order here, but bear with us as we catch up. Then, we’ll start being a little more regular.
We are a fickle bunch of consumers, huh? Had you asked me at a certain point, I would have stated that the best burger in NYC is Shake Shack’s Shack Stack burger. Now if you ask me, I don’t think I’d say so.
First, we need to categorize burgers as you can’t really compare the $5 burger to the $45 one, now can you? Though, I guess people do try. Even in the mid-priced range of $8-$15 for a burger, I’d make another choice, but that’s for another review.
So Shake Shack has a few locations but the ones in Manhattan today are in Madison Square Park (go to 23rd Street and Madison Ave corner of park to find it) and one in the Upper West Side (366 Columbus Ave between 77th and 78th Street). I went to the original on Madison Square Park which is the original shack.
On a cold day on February 1 is when I went to grab a lunch old office before it moved to mid-town. One negative about Shake Shack with all things popular in New York: the wait. Fortunately a cold Monday was a deterrent, but let me tell you, it isn’t always!
I wasn’t going to hold back. Shack Stack (cheeseburger with a fried portobello mushroom), fries, and a shake. Shack Stack is just amazingly decadent especially with the fried portobello mushroom which is also engulfed in cheese. Really quite tasty. Consistency at restaurants can be tough and though prior times I wasn’t impressed with the fries, this time they were quite good. The shake was good as usual. Nothing particularly mind-blowing but solid. It’s the flavors of the day that make it more interesting.
And the grand total…$16.75! Now that’s quite a pricey lunch for fast food…though you can’t really call it fast when it takes a long time to get food with a long wait that’s typically there. With a long wait and those prices, I’m not apt to go often.
If you’re from out of town though, you may want to give it a shot for the experience, and like I said, the burger is quite good. For you locals, I don’t know if you’re with me, but this is not a place I will frequent too often. When in doubt, check out the Shack Cam on their web site to see the line at Madison Square Park. I’m looking at it now. Looks like 45 minutes to me! Try another day!
For more info:
Madison Square Park
E 23rd St & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010