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    SHAKE SHACK

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    Shake Shack

    Madison Square Park, Madison Ave., at E. 23rd St. (Gramercy)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-889-6600 | www.shakeshacknyc.com

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    • CUISINE

      Burgers
    • HOURS

      Daily: 11:00am-11:00pm
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not accepted
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      2004
    • PRICE (BURGER; FLAT-TOP DOG; FROZEN CUSTARD)

      USD 3.55-8.60 USD 3.00-5.75; USD 3.25-6.75
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Shackburger; Shack-cago Dog; Concrete
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Milkshakes; lemonade; iced tea; Arnold Palmer; soft drinks; beer; wine
    • # OF SEATS

      Handful of park benches and tables
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes - all seating is outdoor
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      23rd St.-Broadway (N, R); 23rd St.-Park Ave. South (6)
    Joel Metlen

    VIBE

    Before this Madison Square Park burger mecca became a New York phenomenon, it was a simple concession stand serving hotdogs to passersby. Restaurateur Danny Meyer and his team have come a long way since then, turning the retro-chic snack bar into a permanent location and opening up numerous others around the city, the country, and the world. Thousands of New Yorkers patiently tolerate the excessively long lunch and dinner lines (which can take up to two hours in the summer) to get their hands on the famous burgers, hotdogs, frozen custards, and milkshakes.

    CROWD

    This locale caters mostly to business types from the nearby financial firms, but it’s not rare to spot a family or two or some tourists.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s an alfresco joint that attracts many park strollers (and their pets), so don’t be afraid to go super casual with a comfortable sweater, jeans, sneakers, and your favorite accessories.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends; family; kids; significant other; yourself

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It may just be a burger stand, but it’s still the flagship. And so what if you have to wait through most of lunch hour? The burgers make it worthwhile. Plus the opening of the additional branches around the city has eased the lines a bit at this spot.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    There’s not much seating–you’ll be lucky to snag a park bench. Otherwise you’ll probably have to enjoy your eats standing up.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    To avoid a long wait, check the handy live feed on the Shake Shack website, which gives a view of the line situation. Inspired by its park location, this venue welcomes dogs with the “Pooch-ini,” a doggie dessert comprised of frozen custard, peanut butter, and a dog biscuit. Vegetarian options are available (the ’Shroom burger is so good that even carnivores should try it). Finally, a tip: the beverage and cold food lines are separate from the hot food line, so you can always grab some beers or even (gasp!) dessert before dinner to ease the wait.

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    CLOSEST COMPS

    Burger Joint (New York); J.G. Melon (New York); Corner Bistro(New York)


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