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Shake Shack

Restaurants, Hamburgers Gramercy & Flatiron
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Shake Shack, Madison Square Park
Photograph: Courtesy Peter Mauss Esto Photography

Time Out says

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.



Address: Madison Square Park, 23rd St
New York
Cross street: at Madison Ave
Transport: Subway: N, R, 6 to 23rd St
Price: Average burger: $6. MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7:30am–11pm, Sat and Sun 8:30am–11pm
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Having lived on the West Coast most recently, there has always been discussion on the best burger joint. In and Out has a rabid following and I'm certainly a fan...HOWEVER, there's a reason why Shake Shack is growing as it is as well! This place is awesome too and definitely rivals it too. I'm a big fan of the crinkle cut fries and definitely of the signature shakes. The burgers are also definitely really juicy and quality that feels like you're in a fancy restaurant - even though when you look around you're sitting outside in a public park, walking through gravel, and eating out of paper box and a plastic tray. On nice days, you're going to see a line but it moves quite quickly and the service of their staff is friendly and fun as well. While you bide your time to get to the front of the line, you can get ask any questions or have a menu provided to you. Fun spot to bring your out of town guests to give them a true East Coast, New York experience!  


Shake Shack and I are in a romantic relationship. I dread the day it starts showing on my hips...Their Shroom burger satisfies this vegetarians cravings for the occasional burger and you can't beat the Shake sauce! Fries are perfect and the Shakes and yummy. The outdoor one in Madison Square Park is the original and is lovely, but I'd recommend Brooklyn for a shorter line!

Best burger, the ambiance on a nice day can't be beat, the shake, the cheese fries, the Shack sauce, get a glass of wine, it's a 10. Also, fantastic Chicken Sandwich.

Not all Shake Shack locations are created equal! And this one takes the cake. The long line disappears quickly and the shakes and fries are unbeatable.

This iconic location is always a crowd pleaser! Even when the weather isn't ideal to stand outside in really long lines, you have the best people watching in the park. Once you do make it to the front and order, make sure to get a cheeseburger with everything and a side of fries! I don't think it is the BEST burger in the city, but it is definitely worth a try! 

Do you want something delicious and crispy, try Shake Shacks new chicken sandwich at this awesome location right in Madison square park. Talk about grabbing a juicy crispy chicken sandwich and sitting down right in the park and people watching. Talk about Score!!  Yummylicious 

it really doesn't get any better when you want a burger and shake!...and the cheese fries are to dieeeeee. Don't be scared off by the long lines. It's worth the wait! Take a minute and enjoy lunch outside

Shake Shack is a NYC institution.  For fast food style burgers, no major chain can top them.  Their flagship site is a great way to experience NYC.  Bring visiting relatives for lunch if they don't mind long waits.  Or take them ... off season. 

It's extra wonderful eating a Shack Stack, sipping a milkshake, tossing a French fry to a very friendly squirrel, and watch the snow fall while sitting under a very effective commercial outdoor heat lamp.  True winter tale.