24 E 12th St (5th Avenue and University Place)
New York, NY 10003
Stand is a burger bar located very strategically near Manhattan’s Union Square, near the busy NYU area. Its burgers are generally quite well received, but what we walked all the way there to get was their Toasted Marshmallow Gelato Shake. Featured on the ‘Sugar Rush’ episode of the Food Network’s hit ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’, it has developed a ‘devout neighbourhood following’, so says one review we found online. Well, it’s nowhere near our neighbourhood, but it’s got us following too, and it’s really good.
Make that really good, and really, really, really, over-the-top, just-a-little-more-and-it-would-be-sickeningly sweet good. The milkshake is very sweet and very thick and everything a milkshake should be, but what really makes this milkshake are the toasted marshmallows. Besides adding yet another layer of sweetness (as if that was needed), they give a nice subtle bitterness from the little toasted bits, which makes the milkshake intriguing and multi-dimensional. This is definitely worth a try, but make sure you go with someone who is willing to share – it’s quite too sweet to finish all by yourself.