Shake Shack

Burgers, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream
$ $
Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & E 23rd St)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm

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


  • Not to be missed: French fries dipped in salted caramel, a.k.a. the stuff stoner dreams are made of.
  • Hard to beat for price and quality. Anthony Bourdain
  • 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
  • Long lines suck, but wait it out cuz these burgers and shakes are dope. And youve got nothing better to do. #DontBlowIt
  • The line is too long. But if you fart, people will leave and you can get a hamburger sandwich much faster.
  • Can I steal one of your fries.
  • the 'shroom burger is the best thing here: bite into it and drown in cheese. wash it down with a lemonade
  • Stand in line on a day with great weather. It makes the burgers that much better.
  • Grab a super tasty burger and frozen custard at the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.
  • Shack stack and a chocolate peanut butter shake, please.
  • A great place to grab a burger and sit and read a comic book!
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • PHOTO: View of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park circa 1923. Click more info to view photo.
  • 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.
  • If you are not a fan of special sauce, get the cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. Its a Shackburger without the special sauce
  • The squirrels are habitual line-steppers and will look you in the face while they steal your fries.
  • Enjoying waiting in long lines with other tech folks, all checking in on Foursquare. This is your spot.
  • not half bad but not worth an hour wait.

Nearby places

Madison Ave (btwn E 23rd & E 26th St)
200 5th Ave (at W 23rd St)
btwn Broadway & Union Sq E (btwn E 14th & E 17th St)