Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart, and has slowly turned itself into a burger chain. Now, it’s probably one of the most popular burger places in NYC, if the queues are anything to go by. We’ve long heard about the monstrously long queues, so we decided to beat the crowd by going there extremely early, and ended up being one of the first few customers of the day. Kiasu we are.
We had the Shack Stack, a Cheeseburger, 2 portions of fries, lemonade and a peanut butter milkshake.
The burgers were both very good. The beef patties were very delicious, but they were definitely over cooked and not medium as we requested. Nevertheless, they were extremely satisfying, full of flavor and still juicy, despite being over cooked. The difference between the Shack Stack and the Cheeseburger is that the former comes with an additional layer of crisp fried Portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese. This addition of the mushroom made the burger even more awesome, as the wonderful flavor of the Portobello mushroom really brought the whole burger together. You really can’t go wrong with a Portobello mushroom.
The buns however, are really just an afterthought. They’re buttery and soft, and probably quite yummy by themselves; but they really serve as just something to hold the burger together, and are overwhelmed by the strong flavours of the beef patty and the mushroom. When you bite into the burger you barely taste the buns, and the same can be said for the lettuce and tomatoes – there just to provide an illusion of a balanced meal, but you ain’t foolin’ us!
The fries were very well cooked and the peanut butter milkshake was easily one of the best we’ve ever had – very thick and sinfully sinful. Thank god that we ordered a cup of lemonade as well to provide some acidity to balance the sweetness of that milkshake.
So how does Shake Shack’s burgers stand in comparison to the other burgers we’ve had? It’s definitely ranks right on top in the fast food burger category, well above the likes of MacDonalds and even Burger King. However, it will never feature in the gourmet burger category, with contenders like Hache and Byron. Shake Shack is not, and has never portrayed itself as a gourmet burger chain. It is fast food done extremely well, and it is definitely something worth queuing for if you find yourself hungry in NYC.