Shake Shack

11 Madison Ave
New York NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
Website Shake Shack
Categories Burger Joint

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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Arthur Bovino, Editor

Worth the Wait, and the Hype. Slowly, steadily, Danny Meyer is changing the landscape of the burger world with Shake Shack. It all started in Madison Square Park in 2004 when he opened the... Read More

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Lucky Magazine
Grab a super tasty burger and frozen custard at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
Travel Channel
“Hard to beat for price and quality.” – Anthony Bourdain
Real Cheap Eats
"Danny Meyer’s nod to fast food serves up, pound for pound, some of the best burgers in Manhattan" ($3.50-7.00).
Benjamin Popper
Enjoying waiting in long lines with other tech folks, all checking in on Foursquare. This is your spot.
Louis Vuitton
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.
30 Minutes Or Less
Long lines suck, but wait it out cuz these burgers and shakes are dope. And you’ve got nothing better to do. #DontBlowIt
Cheapism
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 – it’s worth it!
Foodspotting
Try the Shack Burger
The New York Daily News
PHOTO: View of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park circa 1923. Click more info to view photo.
kate spade new york
one of our favorite burger spots in the city, get there early to avoid a long wait.
iFanboy
A great place to grab a burger and sit and read a comic book!
Village Voice
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
Time Out New York
Not to be missed: French fries dipped in salted caramel, a.k.a. the stuff stoner dreams are made of.
Metromix
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.
The Corcoran Group
When standing on the Shake Shack line at Madison Green, you can see a number of the lifesize cast iron sculptures of artist Anthony Gormley’s body standing on buildings surrounding the park. Look up!
NYC Parks
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.
naveen
the 'shroom burger is the best thing here: bite into it and drown in cheese. wash it down with a lemonade
Justin Johnson
Go to Shake Shack and order a Shack burger with fries. The shakes are okay too.
Matthew Burton
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.
naveen
eat a giant "double shack" burger (and fries). you'll fall asleep just in time for that late afternoon status meeting
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