(Southeast corner of Madison Square Park)
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 889 6600
Concierge.com's insider take:
So beloved is Danny Meyer's pedestrian-powered New York version of a '50s drive-in that its website displays live feeds from a Shack-cam that lets you track the unrelentingly long line snaking through Madison Square Park (newer locations on the Upper East and West Sides plus the Theater District haven't tamed the crowds). Whatever its length, it's bearable, because what awaits you is a juicy (okay, greasy, but in a good way) griddle-cooked combo of hand-chopped sirloin and brisket that's topped with cheese (American, of course), garlicky mayo-based Shack Sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes. And besides, your wait gives you ample time to decide on a plan of attack: Do you get a single burger and leave room for fries and a large custard? Or a double, plus a hot dog and a Concrete Jungle (whirled custard, peanut butter, hot fudge, and bananas)? We'll let you decide, and in the meantime, we'll see you on line.
Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.