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
2010-09-13 15:22:47
Hard to beat for price and quality. Anthony Bourdain
Travel Channel
2011-11-15 10:54:07
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
2010-09-15 11:47:15
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
2011-07-01 17:03:05
Can I steal one of your fries.
Shit Girls Say
2012-09-17 17:35:21
The line is too long. But if you fart, people will leave and you can get a hamburger sandwich much faster.
2010-03-28 19:45:11
...check out the Shack Cam (Save Time - Check the Line...) at
2010-05-21 15:33:43
Go to Shake Shack and have a burger and a shake and see what all the fuss is about.
2009-03-26 15:11:51
Try the double stack!
Gansevoort Hotel Group
2010-10-14 10:58:36
the 'shroom burger is the best thing here: bite into it and drown in cheese. wash it down with a lemonade
2009-09-16 10:51:28
Stand in line on a day with great weather. It makes the burgers that much better.
2009-06-23 13:57:34
Grab a super tasty burger and frozen custard at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
Lucky Magazine
2011-12-01 11:29:58
Shack stack and a chocolate peanut butter shake, please.
2012-06-18 16:40:44
A great place to grab a burger and sit and read a comic book!
2010-09-19 19:46:11
What more can be said about Danny Meyers feverishly popular roadside burger chain? Despite its global expansion the ShackBurger has become synonymous with New York (RC & CP)
Time Out New York
2013-08-07 14:39:52
Doughnut Plant & Shake Shack made a concrete baby. Staple Concrete features rich and creamy vanilla frozen custard blended with seasonal raspberry jam and chunks of black sesame glazed cake doughnut.
2014-09-12 17:55:06
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!
2011-02-25 15:05:13
PHOTO: View of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park circa 1923. Click more info to view photo.
The New York Daily News
2010-10-21 12:34:40
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
2010-04-08 11:32:42
If you are not a fan of special sauce, get the cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. Its a Shackburger without the special sauce
2013-06-24 12:14:02