Burgers: Shake Shack

Date: 1/5/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 200 Broadway (inside Fulton Center)

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What we ordered: 

  • Double SmokeShack
  • Single Hamburger (would recommend)
  • Crinkle-Cut French Fries (would recommend)

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $18.85

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 7.75 8
Presentation 7 7
Setting 6.5 6.5
Value 7.5 8
Overall 7.25 7.5

Ryan comments:

Ryan stayed home with her Grammie while Mom & Dad grabbed takeout to eat at home.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): N/A

General Comments:

Shake Shack started with its one location in Madison Square Park and now has a number of locations in the city, not to mention in places like Dubai and Istanbul. They are most known for their burgers but they also have hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and some delicious frozen custards and concretes.

Since it’s winter and we didn’t feel the need to brave the line at their original Madison Square Park spot, we chose to visit a much newer location that opened less than a 10 minute walk from us, inside the transportation hub at Fulton Center. It’s on the 3rd floor there and seems to get a good amount of foot traffic which isn’t surprising since so many subway lines hit the Fulton Street station.

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Since we’re so close we ordered this as take out to eat at home. Melissa got a single hamburger, which is served on a potato roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles. Rob is no stranger to Shake Shack but has never tried their SmokeShack and decided to go for it. It’s a cheeseburger with bacon, chopped cherry peppers, and ShackSauce. Of course he made it a Double which gives you an extra layer of cheeseburger. We got an order of french fries to share with our burgers.

They give you a little pager when you place your order which buzzes when your food is ready. It took around 10 minutes from when we ordered for everything to come out. It wasn’t very busy the night we came but this location definitely gets packed.

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Everything survived the short walk home and retained their heat perfectly.

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Rob’s Double SmokeShack left Rob with a little bit of buyer’s remorse as he would have much preferred a standard Double Cheeseburger instead. He felt that the ShackSauce (similar to a Russian dressing) and the peppers detracted from the bacon cheeseburger. Otherwise he thought it had great mouthfeel. Melissa really enjoyed her plain hamburger (with some added ketchup and mustard at home), especially the pickles. She very rarely eats red meat and eats burgers even less rarely but Shake Shack is one that she’ll eat on occasion. Both loved the crinkle cut french fries which are consistently great and perfectly crispy and salty. A few years ago Shake Shack tried to change from using these previously frozen crinkle fries to go with fresh-cut shoestring fries, but they had to bring back these crinkles after customer outrage from the change.

Shake Shack is a reliable favorite for us so we would definitely recommend it and think it stands among some of the best burgers in the city. We gave it a 7 and a 7.5 overall for this visit but Rob’s scores would have been higher if he had played it a little safer with his burger choice. Next time!

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