Oh Shake Shack... It's the single most recommended place while we were in NYC. When the name was mentioned everyone started drooling and raving about how great it is and how it was worth waiting in the long lines for. At first I wasn't too into it, just because of all the hype and talks of long lines. Also it was compared to In and Out (even though everyone says it's WAYYY better). Just being compared to it makes me go bleh. (Can you tell I'm not a fan of In and Out?) haha. I just don't get why people go crazy about that place.
Anyways... last day there. We were eating in Eataly, just across the street from the Madison Square Park location of Shake Shack. It was raining and cold that day and we realized there was no line! My friend that was eating with us said it was amazing and we should go, even if it's raining and there's no covered seating for us to eat. She said it was worth it and she can totally eat standing up while holding on to an umbrella. hahaha. Hardcore fan!! So we decided to give it a shot, seeing how into it she was.
Shake Shack - Madison Square Park
11 Madison Avenue #1
New York, NY 10010
Everyone says their burgers are simple, it is just great quality and delicious. They use 100% all natural Angus beef, no hormones and no antibiotics. And also offer fries, shakes, and other desserts.
So standing in the cold and rain with our 2 tiny umbrellas for 3 people.. we made our order. I'm so glad there isn't a line! But there were still plenty of people standing around waiting for their orders!
The wait to get the burgers was quite long. Very quickly, my feet was wet and my hands were numb with cold. :( And the number of people waiting on their orders quickly increased. So I wouldn't really consider this fast food... I think we waited at least 15 minutes before we got our order. They really should put out some big umbrellas in the seating area or something...
We got 2 Single Cheeseburger (with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion) $4.05~ People were right. The burger is super simple but it was assembled nicely. The ingredients were super fresh. The meat was juicy and had so much flavor.
And the bread...OMG the bread! I think that was the best part. It was soft and fluffy but still was able to hold everything in. And the ingenious part was that one side of the bread (the bottom) was connected so it was basically like a bread taco and it held everything in. My friend and bf stood and ate while I held the two umbrellas up for them. hahaha. The bread held in all the juices...it wasn't messy to eat while standing!! Wow!
I got the 'Shroom Burger (vegetarian; crisp-fried portobello filled with melted Muenster and Cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce) $6.55~
It just sounded good. And tasted even better! The stuffed portobello was fried to perfection. It was crispy down to the last bite! It had so much flavor I totally didn't miss not having meat. The cheese stuffed inside was hot and gooey and wasn't too overwhelming. Everything just came together. Awesome! I would eat that again any day. And for that 7-8 minutes while I was eating... I totally forgot about the wet and cold. haha.
It turned out to be better than I expected. It totally lived up to the hype and I can see why people line up for something as simple as this. It's just plain good! And even though we were freezing, it was actually a fun and different experience with friends. :) How often do you eat burgers while standing in the rain? hehe.
My bf said that was one of the best meals he had on the trip. I can't disagree...although we ate a lot of great stuff. We were still thinking of the burgers as we flew back to Dallas. It was a perfect ending to a great trip!! :)
Please open a Shake Shack in Dallas!!! Thanks~
Quality of Food:
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