[New York City, Updated Jan 2018] The single one NYC food recommendation that keeps popping out is Shake Shack burger, considered a MUST-HAVE in the Big Apple.
Other than In-N-Out Burger (in the West Coast), this should be the other hottest burger in the United States.
Shake Shack fans call this THE BEST burger in the world, and the fast food restaurant has become an institution of sorts to visit for foodies.
It is now publicity listed.
Not too bad for this used-to-be humble hot dog cart which started in Madison Square Park.
The branch near Times Square is one of the most accessible. Queues are also long, routing out from a zig-zag line from within to out of the shop.
Several aim this for supper after a Broadway musical since the outlet closes at midnight daily.
This can be a stressful situation for first-timers to New City City, but you will get a hang after a while.
Queue, order, get a buzzer, wait for 15 minutes, pray for a miracle to get a table, if not eat while standing up with the other hand balancing a tray.
There are choices of ShackBurger (USD$5.55 for single, USD$8.35 for double), meat-free Shroom Burger (USD$6.99), Hamburger (USD$4.55 for single, USD$6.85 for double), and Chick n Shack (USD$6.55). I think the chicken can be skipped.
I got a SmokeShack Burger (USD$6.69 for single, USD$9.49 for double) which is “100% all-natural Angus beef.
No hormones and no antibiotics ever… freshly ground.” All burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested.
It was awesooooome.
Juicy, succulent, flavourful patties.
The buttered bun was soft like a pillow. Oh the sauce. Like a converted fan, my tummy wondered about the hundreds of lousy dry burgers I ever had in my life.
In an attempt to look healthier, Shake Shack once introduced fresh, hand-cut, russet potato but customers preferred the crinkle cut.
You can add cheese to your Crinkle Cut Fries (USD$2.99 for original, USD$3.99 with cheese) but I was watching for my calorie-intake. I know, what contradiction. I was eating a burger ‘worth’ 910 calories.
I tried the two different fries over visits, and liked that the cheese wasn’t over cloying rich, which just gave an addictive coating over.
But if you like something crisp and not so soggy, go for the original.
I was kind of indifferent to their Milk Shakes (USD$5.25) with flavours of Hand-spun Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel, Black & White (get this, it’s a combination of chocolate and vanilla), Strawberry, Peanut Butter or Coffee Fair Shake.
To me, it was way too sweet.
Can imagine why people would like this though – the texture is milky and smooth, that you could sip without clumps (yeah, I get that in some milkshakes).
Is Shake Shack the best burger in NYC? I suspect there are better ones. This is after all, the land of burgers.
With that said, it was impressive enough to make me want to try again, and again.
Shake Shack Times Square
691 8th Avenue (8th Ave & 44th St), New York, NY 10036
(Direct access via Subway lines A, C, E to 42ndStreet/Port Authority. exit at 44th Street end of platform or Subway lines 1, 2, 3 and Shuttle from Times Square to 44thStreet and 8th Avenue)
Tel: (646) 435-0135
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am