Shake Shack. Interesting name for a burger joint. We'd walked past the one in NYC but the lines were always discouraging. Menu looked good, though.
So when they opened one in our stomping grounds . . .in a free standing building at the new Gallery shopping center in Westbury . . .we had to go.
Line was pretty long when we got there, and was literally out the door within a few minutes. But it does move quickly. You order at the counter and you're given a buzzer, like many other restaurants use to let you know your table is ready. When the buzzer goes off you pick up your tray at the counter and try to find a seat. We didn't feel like fighting the crowds, and opted to order our meal "to go".
The lunch/dinner menu is very limited, your options are burgers, hot dogs, and a burger made out of a portobello mushroom. The only "side" is fries; they're crinkle cut and crispy, just the way we like them. Drew ordered a hot dog with several toppings. I got a Shackburger --cheeseburger on a toasted potato roll served with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce -- a seasoned mayo. Burgers are cooked "medium" unless you order otherwise. I added bacon to mine, and it was crispy and tasty.
The main attraction here, though, are the shakes and custards. Very extensive menu. You can order a variety of "mix ins" if you want to turn your custard into a "concrete". Drew ordered a strawberry shake and I ordered a black and white.
Now I am about to utter what may be considered heresy. We liked this place better than Bobbys Burger Palace. A lot better. Definitely would go again. And again. And again.