Shake Shack

Row 1

101 Best Restaurants in America
America's Best Hotdogs
11 Madison Ave (at E 23rd St)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
Hot Dogs
Ice Cream
Mon–Sun: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM

If you haven’t had Shake Shack but think you love burgers, you don’t as much as you think you do. It’s one of America’s best fast-food burgers. Yes, better than In-N-Out, and yes, it has its own secret menu… kind of (it’s just called Danny Meyer’s hospitality philosophy). What started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001 has made history. In 2004, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group won the bid to open a permanent kiosk in the park, and the lines, buzz, cult following, and even a somewhat begrudging review from The New York Times followed. What’s the big deal? Quality. And one of the juiciest cheeseburgers (100 percent all-natural Angus beef, no hormones, no antibiotics) you’ll ever find on a soft, grilled potato roll (ask for pickles and onions!). Then there’s the Shack-cago dog, which you could argue is the best Chicago-style hot dog outside of the Windy City. Frozen custards (a rotating list of flavors) are super smooth, thick, and creamy, and their "Concretes" (custard blended with mix-ins) are too much fun to be good for you. Shake Shack’s vigorous expansion program — Theatre District, Coral Gables, Abu Dhabi! — might disqualify it from The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurant list in the future, but this original location, though it has apparently spawned an empire, remains a classic. -- Arthur Bovino

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Not to be missed: French fries dipped in salted caramel, a.k.a. the stuff stoner dreams are made of.
Time Out New York
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 11:22
Hard to beat for price and quality. Anthony Bourdain
Travel Channel
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 05:54
The Shake Shack cheeseburger is a classic of Americana in the heart of NYC-a compact patty of juicy, medium-cooked meat plied w. lettuce, tomato, onion, & pickle, slotted neatly into a squishy bun
Village Voice
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 07:47
A great place to grab a burger and sit and read a comic book!
Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 15:46
PHOTO: View of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park circa 1923. Click more info to view photo.
The New York Daily News
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 08:34
Grab a super tasty burger and frozen custard at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
Lucky Magazine
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 06:29
the 'shroom burger is the best thing here: bite into it and drown in cheese. wash it down with a lemonade
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 06:51
When standing on the Shake Shack line at Madison Green, you can see a number of the lifesize cast iron sculptures of artist Anthony Gormleys body standing on buildings surrounding the park. Look up!
The Corcoran Group
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 07:46
Everything good is worth waiting at this Madison Square Park stand. New Yorkers wait in line for more than 45 minutes for backyard BBQ burgers with fluffy potato buns and crinkle fries.
Monday, July 12, 2010 - 08:15
Try the Shack Burger
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 18:27
You can try to cut down your wait time by avoiding peak lunch hours on a nice day, or you can embrace the communal line experience . Definitely order a Concrete with your burger.
NYC Parks
Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 07:32
"Danny Meyers nod to fast food serves up, pound for pound, some of the best burgers in Manhattan" ($3.50-7.00).
Real Cheap Eats
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:20
Home of NYC's most popular cheap burger. Get a Shack Burger single ($4.25) or double ($7.25) & fries ($2.75). Wait on line its worth it!
Friday, February 25, 2011 - 10:05
Go to Shake Shack and order a Shack burger with fries. The shakes are okay too.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 09:21
Long lines suck, but wait it out cuz these burgers and shakes are dope. And youve got nothing better to do. #DontBlowIt
30 Minutes Or Less
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 13:03
Go here at odd eating hours or in bad weather. Otherwise, you'll be in a very long line for the best burger in the world.
Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 15:51
Enjoying waiting in long lines with other tech folks, all checking in on Foursquare. This is your spot.
Monday, August 15, 2011 - 17:15
one of our favorite burger spots in the city, get there early to avoid a long wait.
kate spade new york
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 08:18
Come here for the favorite burger of one Louis Vuitton Friend of the House! She says its best to go in the early evening. Find out who at the LV Amble site.
Louis Vuitton
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 06:28
eat a giant "double shack" burger (and fries). you'll fall asleep just in time for that late afternoon status meeting
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 01:16