Shake Shack

Row 1

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
Mon, 09/13/2010 - 11:22
Try the Shack Burger
Thu, 11/11/2010 - 18:27
Hard to beat for price and quality. Anthony Bourdain
Travel Channel
Tue, 11/15/2011 - 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
Wed, 09/15/2010 - 07:47
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
Fri, 07/01/2011 - 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.
Thu, 03/05/2009 - 15:51
eat a giant "double shack" burger (and fries). you'll fall asleep just in time for that late afternoon status meeting
Mon, 01/26/2009 - 01:16
Can I steal one of your fries.
Shit Girls Say
Mon, 09/17/2012 - 13:35
The line is too long. But if you fart, people will leave and you can get a hamburger sandwich much faster.
Sun, 03/28/2010 - 15:45
...check out the Shack Cam (Save Time - Check the Line...) at
Fri, 05/21/2010 - 11:33
Go to Shake Shack and have a burger and a shake and see what all the fuss is about.
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 11:11
Try the double stack!
Gansevoort Hotel Group
Thu, 10/14/2010 - 06:58
Get a double Shack and do NOT skip out on the cheese fries.
Mon, 04/05/2010 - 04:47
the 'shroom burger is the best thing here: bite into it and drown in cheese. wash it down with a lemonade
Wed, 09/16/2009 - 06:51
Stand in line on a day with great weather. It makes the burgers that much better.
Tue, 06/23/2009 - 09:57
So what if you have to wait through most of lunch hour? The burgers make it worthwhile. Plus, the opening of the additional branches around the city has eased the lines a bit at this spot.
Sun, 02/12/2012 - 07:50
Grab a super tasty burger and frozen custard at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
Lucky Magazine
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 06:29
Shack stack and a chocolate peanut butter shake, please.
Mon, 06/18/2012 - 12:40
A great place to grab a burger and sit and read a comic book!
Sun, 09/19/2010 - 15:46
The Double Shack Burger is our #2 ranked burger, don't miss it! Also, theres an iPhone app that lets you view the camera linked to Shake Shack's website to check the size of the's a must.
Burger Bedlam
Thu, 02/03/2011 - 06:39
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