Danny Meyer’s wildly popular Madison Square Park concession stand is mobbed with hour-long lines during the summer; in chilly weather, heat lamps provide all the warmth you need. Sirloin and brisket are ground daily for excellent patties, and franks are served Chicago-style on poppy seed buns with a “salad” of toppings and a dash of celery salt. Frozen-custard shakes hit the spot, and there’s beer and wine to boot. It’s worth waiting in line for, if you ask us, but if you’re in a rush, the Upper West Side’s wait rarely exceeds 20 minutes. While the first Shack caters mostly to a working clientele, No. 2 is designed with families in mind: There’s a playroom and stroller parking.
|Venue name:||Shake Shack|
154 E 86th St
|Cross street:||between Lexington and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St|
|Price:||Average burger: $5. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|