Let’s meet up in Grand Central at the Shake Shack

Original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

I’m sure many of our readers here already know about the Shake Shack but for those of you who haven’t been following the opening of Danny Meyer’s successful eatery in Grand Central Terminal (in addition to his impressive list of other restaurants like the Union Square Cafe), it’s a place you should know about if you commute in and out of the city.

The original Shake Shack was a “hot dog cart” in Madison Square Park, created by Meyer in 2001 to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation.  It was hugely popular and in 2004 they were allowed to set up a permanent kiosk…the rest is history.   The lines in Madison Square Park are always long — in fact, they even have a “Shack cam” so you know how long you’re going to have to wait.  shake shack still in line

Other Shake Shacks have opened in other cities around the country, but the one in Grand Central is the 6th Manhattan location and the most recent, having opened just earlier this month in the lower dining concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

Up front, I have to say you should be prepared for long lines at the Grand Central Shake Shack….but believe me, it’s worth it!  Wanda, Abby and I went there before our booksigning at Cursive (also in the terminal) and our total bill was about $30.  I’m not a big meat eater but we had to have a Shake Shack Burger...pronounced “best ever” by Wanda (and made with 100% natural angus beef…no hormones or other nasty stuff); we had some fries too (also fantastic).  We passed on the shakes (900 calories!)  Check out the menu here!

So…if you’ve got the time for the line…we’re recommending the Shake Shack in Grand Central!