Saturday, March 09, 2013
Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, NYC
I'm such an idiot. Shake Shack has proliferated into so many locations over the past few years that I could have gone to any of them. Instead, brilliant me decides to go to the original location in Madison Square Park (E 23rd Street at Madison Ave, 212-889-6600), largely because I was curious to see those long lines that I kept seeing in the photos.
Well, I got it alright: nearly an hour's wait in post-snowstorm temperatures surrounded by tourists (the fact that the line was in the shade didn't help either). There was another location just a few blocks away; by the time I realized that I could have just gone there to eat instead, I was already two thirds of the way through the line that I figured that I might as well stay. I'm so stupid.
Fortunately, it was pretty darned good. I can see where those Omakase Burger guys got their inspiration from, but there were two huge and very important differences: the beef here was much tastier without being overwhelmed by the cheese (one knew it was going to be good when you could smell the steakhouse-like aroma from across the park), and this one was salted borderline-excessively enough to give it just the right edge. It might even be better than In-N-Out from back home, and was definitely light years ahead of Five Guys. I'm still a big fan of Umami Burger though.
Digested at 3:15 PM
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