Finally, a reasonably healthy fast food burger restaurant on the UWS! Until a couple years ago, we only had McDonald's. When you walk into Shake Shack, you feel better because you're aware of their eco-friendly marketing campaign. The burgers are 100% All Natural Angus Beef. No Hormones and no antibiotics, ever. The burgers are served on tasty brioche buns and while they're significantly smaller than other restaurant burgers, that's ok. You don't feel too full when you're finished eating. The menu us quite basic: Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Mushroomburger and the Shack Burger. You can also throw in a Flat Top Dog and an order of fries (which aren't the pencil-thin fast food fries) but rather crinkle fries. If you're feeling especially adventurous, there is an overwelming selection of shakes and concretes (i was never able to understand the different). But, beware of very long lines. At lunchtime, the lines are wrapped around a city block. While they do move quickly (and you'll get your fancy vibrating buzzer so you can wait outside), if you're hungry, you will have to wait. And, chances are, you won't get a seat.
I've been coming here for years and the food is absolutely amazing! The waiters are awesome! The atmosphere is fantastic. What you should know: If you plan on coming during dinner hours, you may be in for a wait, so come early and sidle up to the bar for a drink. Gets a little tight for groups over 6, but they can accommodate you if you call ahead. Chat with the waiters and they will become your friends - people are people and should be treated as such. You treat them well and next thing you know its like you just came to your family's for dinner! Hot summer nights, come a bit later for the outdoor seating. Or during brunch for the same. What I order: Brunch: Crostini Toscano - Pate on grilled bread. Grilled Calamari. Dinner: Carpacio con Argula - Beef carpacio with greens. Parpadelle al Anatra - shredded duck pasta with a pink sauce. Simply amazing! You must get this!! Desert: Tiramisu - Save room for this!!
A friend came to visit who is a "foodie". Specifically French food. She said that Corton was a "must" on the itinerary for her visit. We were successful in getting a seating (the place books weeks in advance). The food was FABULOUS! The wine list was quite nice. The service was superb! This was an expensive dinner and at the end I felt we had gotten our money's worth . The food tastes, textures were incredible. The decor was subtle, relaxing, welcoming. Though the dining room quickly filled we never had to hunt for our server. The service was attentive yet not intrusive. The chocolates presented near the end were unusual combinations that were exceptional to taste. All in all, a fabulous dining experience - well worth the high price tag. Enjoy!