Shake Shack - Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park
Double Shack Burger, cup of pumpkin frozen custard
Maybe I forgot. Maybe the formula was tweaked. Maybe the products got even better while I was gone. Whatever it involved, I was blown away on that wintry night I made my return to Shake Shack. Already my favorite burger, it managed to become even better, literally rolling my eyes back with total pleasure. The meat is probably the key, its premium pedigree distinguishing itself from its burger competitors. But all of the other ingredients played their part too, from the warm, melted cheese to the soft bun to the creamy complement of secret Shack Sauce. Even as I type this, my mouth’s drooling from the memory. A knowing smile is lifting my lips. It was that good.
Somewhat disappointed with the concrete and the shake on my last trips (see May 3, Apr. 10) I decided to give dessert one last try. After such a satisfying entrée, it was a risk, but I hadn’t had any sugar in about, oh, two hours. Also tempting was that the frozen custard now came in the special seasonal flavor of pumpkin. So, ignoring the bitter temperature and the icy wind, I stepped back up the counter and bravely ordered away. Finally, letting out a sigh of relief and enjoyment, I’d found a fitting end to a terrific meal. The pumpkin custard was like a great Thanksgiving pie in scoop form. With dashes of cinnamon and a thick but soft consistency, it was even good enough to stand alone, a success in its own right. By the end of the meal, I’d decided that I must’ve forgotten just how incredible Shake Shack could be. It’s not a mistake I’ll be making again. 9/10
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