Shake Shack Brooklyn
went today. 1145am, line not too long. Eating by noon.
seemed like a typical shake shack with a few concretes especially named for brooklyn. The windows were large and bright (nice space, good people watching) and the wooden walls (made from recycled bowling lanes) were a nice touch. The hamburgers were juicy but grilled hard / crunchy (might be a personal preference but I am a sucker for crispy burgers from a griddle, especially when there is enough fat content to keep them juicy and certainly more than enough to make my cardiovascular surgeon smile). My double shack burger and my daughter's single with no cheese were consumed so quickly they qualified to be described as rumours.
Fries were also standard enough shake shack fries (not really a big fan about those).
I ended it with a concrete - vanilla with peanut brittle. I am still a little unsure about what I think about the peanut brittle - on the one hand it had the requisite peanut flavor and an unusual "smoky tinge" to it but on the other, it was salty maybe just on the edge of too much.
All in all, a credible Shake Shack effort - cool interior, good burgers if you like them that way, OK fries.
Since I've been to most of them (but not Miami), I guess I qualify as biased. But, it is hard to stop thinking about when the crazy lines will dissipate, after 5 openings in metro NY? 6? 16? When they become as ubiquitous as Starbucks? When will our demand for little hockey puck burgers dissipate to the point where you dont have to go at 1145am or wait for an hour in line? Two hours after eating, I think I want to go back for another.....
It's a Shake Shack. It's in Downtown Brooklyn. If you're the kind of person who likes Shake Shack, then it's the kind of place you'll like. I went on Xmas Eve in the later lunch time (2pm maybe) so hard to judge the lines. Had the candy cane custard so didn't try the unique "concreations." The location definitely stands out right now, but will probably aid the gentrification of Fulton St. It'll also improve in warmer weather when they finish outdoor seating (not that the indoor seating is lacking - it's pretty good, just the outdoor-ness is part of what made the original location so fun). One interesting thing is that apparently during construction (I missed this personally) there was a wall you could fill in the blank: Before I die I want to _____. It was inspired by something in New Orleans. Now the wall is memorialized in framed photos hanging from the inside walls, with some funny responses from the locals.
This might be of note: I believe the "frisky onions" (cooked onions in a slightly spicy sauce) are new to this location. You can get them on a hot dog (which I didn't try), but they're equally good on cheese fries or even a burger (kind of In-N-Out animal-style-ish). Keep in mind that if you order them with fries they'll come on the side in a cup, which is fine, but I wanted more.
409 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201