Starting Tuesday, Oct. 14, Shake Shack’s original outpost in Madison Square Park will close for renovations, but not before getting an Italian send-off from world renowned chef Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana).
On Monday, Oct. 13., the Italian chef will sling limited-edition one-day-only “Emilia” patties—a custom blend of Pat LaFrieda beef and parmigiano-reggiano. After sizzling on the flat top, it’s topped with cotechino sausage, salsa verde and a balsamic mayo featuring Bottura’s Villa Manodori Artigianale balsamic vinegar made from trebbiano grapes in Italy. You’ll be able to grab one for $8.95, but get there early—like as soon as you possibly can—because there will only be 1,000 rounds available. As a special treat, Bottura will also sign copies of his new cookbook Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, which you can pick up at Eataly across the street for $60.
If you do miss out on the prized patty (read: don’t get in line soon enough), there’ll be plenty of Shake Shack classics to go around so you can savor every last crinkle fry and drop of secret sauce before the shack's doors close for about five months. Sure, there’s always every other Shake Shack location ever (Grand Central, Upper East Side, etc.), but can you blame us for mourning the temporary loss of the OG burger emporium?
Ashley Cox contributed reporting