A few blocks from our hotel near Times Square is a burger joint called the Shake Shack. It was hard to miss with line-ups at all hours of the night. What was the big deal? We wondered...
A few nights later we had the opportunity to try this place out. The burgers are fresh, generous and juicy, much like something you'd have at a friend's backyard BBQ. Definitely a step above Wendy's, and rivaling the freshness of Five Guys.
But what puts them over the top are a few unique menu items such as frozen custard and custard mix-ins called concretes. John was starting to build a dependency on Fair Shake Concretes (Frozen Custard made with 100% Certified Arabica Fair Trade Coffee), but different flavors were offered daily.
Burgers could be ordered with hot dogs or breaded cheesy portobello mushrooms. I bravely ordered the Shack Stack which is a cheese burger, with a 'Shroom burger inside it.
I loved all of it.. So much that we ate there three times during our week long stay. (Once for dinner and twice for crazy I haven't-adjusted-to-EST munchies). We brought our buddy Mark of Ottawa with us and had a lovely meal with him here. It was his first time so it was fun to share our discovery with him. He said he enjoyed his burger and I believe it! He made that burger disappear!
The food isn't haute cuisine, but cmon! It's burgers. It should be unpretentious, delicious, predictable and affordable. Just go. You'll like it I promise. Just remember to come back here and tell me I was right.