the shake shack attack
When we were planning our trip to New York, the Hunk asked me if I wanted to dine at a fancy schmancy restaurant. My answer? Find me a decent cheeseburger place instead.
He did not have to do any research since his co-worker, who was just on assignment in New York a couple of weeks back, was raving about Shake Shack. The co-worker said it was better than In-n-Out. Really?
And, the Powers that Be were in the Hunk's corner because there was a Shake Shack close to our hotel on 43rd (Westin). Not even a full block away.
So, on our first day in Manhattan, we suited up, and met my in-laws for "breakfast" at the Shack. Hey, it was 8 am in California.
I was loving the place already. Upcycled tables made from old bowling lanes. The vibe of the resto was upbeat.
Their menu was simple --- burgers, custard, hotdogs. My sister-in-law raved about the custard, but I did not get to try it.
The wait was not bad since we got there soon after it opened (11 am). I ordered a single ShackBurger with cheese.
This was what my in-laws ordered:
In the interest of research, here it is again. Just in case you need a second look. Zooming in a little closer for ya.
This is what the Hunk ordered (double ShackBurger).
I will concede that the burger is a strong competitor to our California staple - the In-n-Out cheeseburger. The meat patty was full of flavor.
Here it is again. Zoomed out a little.
The crazy cut fries were all right, but cannot compete with In-n-out's animal style fries. Caramelized onions, cheese and thousand island dressing definitely elevate the ordinary potato to wicked, out of this world fries.
It's a good thing that we arrived soon after the restaurant opened. By the time we finished our meal, there was a nice line outside. This shows how popular this place is.
Off to the next cheeseburger adventure,