You may or may not have heard by now, but Pintrill has teamed up with Shake Shack to bring some super cute pins to their already extensive roster. To commemorate this exciting collaboration, a release party was held at on May 24th at the Shake Shack on 1 Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. There was of course the burger joint’s amazing menu items, (Naomi got the Shack Burger and I got the Shack Stack) but there was also a special dessert that we all were looking forward to. In honor of Pintrill, Shake Shack created a custom Concrete consisting of their chocolate custard ice cream, gooey caramel, and bits of honeycomb all swirled together to form a deliciously sweet and crunchy treat. If you didn’t know, Pintrill’s colors are black and gold, hence the chocolate ice cream with the golden honeycomb. Close enough!
Check out Pintrill’s Shake Shack pins here and make sure to stop by any of the Shake Shack location for some amazing burgers.
Island Burgers and Shakes came into existence with the realization that there were no restaurants offering a good quality char-boiled burger in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in 1996. Owners Will Brown and Mark Calvino have indeed built a name for themselves, offering truly delicious burgers with some unique twists to their menu.
To commemorate National Cheeseburger day, we went with the “build your own burger,” and created a traditional cheeseburger complete with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, red onions, and of course American cheese. The patty itself was juicy, well seasoned, and had a nice smokey charred grilled flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, try customizing your order with seasonings such as spicy Italian or Cajun spice (and many more) along with fun toppings such as guacamole or pesto. Available are also staff picks, which are pre-customized burgers with unique combinations, for instance, the Patty Melt, a burger on toasted rye with Swiss cheese and sautéed onions.
If you take a look at their wall, you’ll discover some fun and helpful tips on how to eat a burger. “The perfect way to hold a hamburger proven by science,” is based off a Japanese TV show called Homma Dekka. The chart advises you to not squeeze too tight, hold the burger with the middle three fingers placed on the top and the pinky and thumb on the bottom. This way of eating optimizes your dining experience that allows for minimal spillage, and maximum bite. Don’t forget to read the wall before eating that burger!
Island Burgers & Shakes Hell’s Kitchen 766 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10019 (212) 307-7934
Island Burgers & Shakes Upper West Side 422 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (212) 877-7934
Ess-A-Bagel was in the midst of their morning rush when I dropped in on a Monday morning. It’s evident from the facade of the building that this establishment has been around for a long time. This old-time bagel shop was founded in 1976, with their original shop located on 21st Street and 1st Avenue.
Most importantly, Ess-A-Bagel has a policy of NO-toast-bagels. A lot of New York based shops believe that toasting will mask the freshness and genuine nature of this dens mass of goodness. (It’s true!)
I was in line behind a lady who wanted everything, and after a bite of their bagel, I couldn’t blame her! They serve generous portions, so don’t be surprised if you have to put aside the other half for lunch. The bagels themselves are baked fresh, so they come with a crispy outside, but also a nice doughy chew. Our favorite combo is a bagel (any kind is delicious) topped with scallion cream cheese, lox and tomato.
The Shake Shack at Madison Square Park is lovely, strewn with lights and surrounded by the shade of trees. When we arrived, as expected, there was a long line already formed along the park. Expect to wait at least a minimum of twenty minutes.
But the taste is worth the wait. I ordered the Shack Stack, fries, and a strawberry milk shake. This may sound like a lot but I am a firm believer that when you go to Shake Shack, you go to Shake Shack for the full experience. The Shake Stack comes with their signature Shack Burger and the Shroom Burger, which is a deep fried portobello mushroom with melted muenster and cheddar cheese inside. All this of course is topped off with lettuce, tomato, and their famous Shack sauce.
The Shack Burger and Shroom Burger alone are perfectly delicious. But, something special is created when these two come together. It’s a mixture of various textures and tastes. The fries are delicious as well, perfectly crunchy and flavorful. We suggest taking a long walk after this meal to burn off some calories!