Shake Shack, which was opened by Danny Mercer's company (of the Gramercy Tavern) in 2004, has become a New York phenomenon - Ignatius Chan of Iggy's fame wrote that he loves to eat here every time he's in NYC. To me, that's understandable, since Shake Shack is a quintessential NYC experience. The line at the Madison Square Garden outlet is enormously long and everlastingly so - so I am so glad that there is this other outlet at Times Square (44th street and 8th avenue) for me to satisfy my Shake Shack cravings, which was fairly near my apartment.
|shake shack with its numerous patrons at circa 4pm in the afternoon|
The ambience is very casual, with high ceilings, bar stools, funky ceiling lights, and all that, and you order from a queue that snakes round and round. It's a cool place and totally hippening, being in Times Square and all.
There are plenty of tourists around - it's Times Square after all. Hey, I'm a tourist too ain't I? I guess so hmm. Absolutely diggin' the menu that tells you how many calories there are - there are frozen shakes, the burgers of course, fries, beer, root beer, etc.
The cool thing is the buzzer that rings once your burger's ready - the burger's made to order, so everything's fresh.
|the single patty burger|
|the double patty burger|
Oh, I forgot to add - you can order either a double or a single patty - the single patty's nice because you get enough sauce for the burger, but the double is even more awesome - more meat equals double the fun. Your pick. The fries, being the crinkly kind, wasn't really to my liking and I much prefer the shoestring variety.
There's nothing like seating at this corner here, watching the world go by - PS I was here on my first day in NYC. Cheers!