NileGuide Expert Says:
The line for Shake Shack's celebrated burgers, fries, and frozen custard snakes through the park and sometimes back towards the subway entrance—but fans say the food is well worth the wait.
Near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park
New York City, NY 10010
1 212 889 6600
NileGuide Expert tip:
The Shake Shack now has five NYC locations (Madison Square Park, Columbus Ave near 77th St, Theater District, Upper East Side, and at Citi Field, new home of the New York Mets).
Billed as a modern-day "roadside" burger stand, Shake Shack goes back to the basics of the hamburger (no truffles, foie gras, pork belly or Kobe beef in sight). As a result, it's won over legions of fans since its opening in Madison Square Park in 2004 (around the corner from owner Danny Meyer's upscale star Eleven Madison Park
), and has been a perennial contender for best burger in the city. In addition, the Shake Shack hot dog and frozen custard--a creamy twist on soft-serve ice cream--help build the lines in warmer weather to epic proportions in the park location.