Love it or leave it, Shake Shack is one of the most popular fries-n-burger franchise in NYC. Started from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack is now a multimillion business that operates both in and outside the States. Although there’s hardly a deficit of store locations around the city, all Shake Shack I’ve passed were incredibly crowded and promised a good grueling wait. However, it actually takes more time to secure a spot than to finish ordering a burger (unless you set eye on a specific occupied table and spend 10 minutes staring at their burgers, which is what I “sort of” did).
We ordered the Shack Burger (cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce) and SmokeShack (cheeseburger with bacon, sour cherry pepper and again, ShackSauce) for a price that we were happy and willing to pay. The burgers themselves were quite good, but not fantastic. I somehow expected the potato bun to be fluffier, which would have delivered a great bite.
The real star of the meal was our CHEESE FRIES, which I gobbled in a matter of minutes because they were just what my carb-deprived body was screaming for. This, my friends, is going right into my fat-laden list of guilty pleasure.
In case you’re wondering how I can possibly finish these burgers/fries and still have room for dessert, I got this frozen custard on a different visit to Shake Shack. Yes, I waited 15 minutes in line for a caramel frozen custard “concrete” because boy oh boy it was worth it. I could have done without the caramel swirls since the custard itself is really sweet ( on an Asian standard of sweetness it is), but the overall experience is nothing short of satisfactory. The custard was blended under high speed which resulted in an incredible smooth and creamy texture. This “concrete” is fairly similar to McDonald’s McFlurry and Lotteria Ice-cream Tornado, but much, much, much better.
154 E 86th St
New York, NY10128