When I think about it, there is really only one outdoor eating place I would be willing to go to even if it was blazing hot, or bitterly cold, and that is Shake Shack. With many locations all over Manhattan (I prefer the 23rdStreet one), and several other locations all over America, Shake Shack is a growing chain, and you will realize that once you go to Shake Shack, you will find yourself always coming back.
The Shake Shack on 23rd street is located in Madison Square Park, a beautiful place where people can go to eat, relax and take in the art vendors, musicians, and not to mention the extraordinary art installations like the 44 foot high sculpture “Echo” by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
The Shake Shack there has two lines, one, known as the A Line is for those who intend to buy a proper meal, like a burger or a hot dog along with one of their infamous shakes and the other line, known as the B Line, is for those who just want a simple order of fries or frozen custard. Shake Shack is a great place for both proper meals, (that is only if you have the time to wait in the enormous A line) and for small snacks, which you can get quickly by waiting in the shorter B line. If you’re thinking “why would I go there if it’s always packed?” reconsider. Think about why so many people are willing to wait in those huge lines. It’s not because they’re insane, it’s because the food is absolutely worth it. If that still isn’t enough to convince you to go, Shake Shack has an online camera positioned on the roof of the shack itself which you can access on their website and use to see when there are long lines and when there aren’t, and I promise you that the A line does thin out at some hours of the day.
Shake Shack is a season friendly eating place, despite their outdoor setting. In the winter they station large heaters by each table, making sure that you won’t freeze while attempting to eat your meal, and in the height of summer, their cold and delicious frozen custards and their to die for lemonades are a good way to cool yourself down and satisfy your taste buds.
Madison Square Park
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Ave. and East 23rd St.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.