Shake Shack

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What actually started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack has now become quite a NYC staple. And now, with locations scattered over the Nation and even Internationally, you don’t have to be in NYC to enjoy the food and treats. But, I went to their O.G. location in Madison Square Park. 

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They’re best known for their all-natural burgers and their shakes, but they also offer another stand-out item, their frozen custards. Now, the lines for Shake Shack can get pretty aggressive. Like, really long. But, a little insider tip, if you’re just planning on enjoying a shake, custard or beverage, hop on to the C-Line, an express line just for all things cold. You might look like you’re cutting the line, but it’s totally legal and you can look like a bad ass while all the other people wait in line. 

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So, to the C-Line I went and ordered their Frozen Custard, more specifically their Concrete (dense frozen custard ice cream blended at high speeds with mix-ins). They have a rotating list of flavors, featuring a different daily flavor. I had the Biscuits and Jam and added a Peanut Butter Sauce mix-in. I made a really good decision with the PB sauce. This was so super delicious, it deserves a cape. It’s rich and creamy, with a consistency somewhere between ice cream and a milk shake. The flavor had a subtly biscuit flavor with the sweetness and berry flavor from the jam. With the sauce, it was pretty much like eating a PB&J biscuit sandwich. Brilliant. 

The Shorts:
Name: Shake Shack
Location: Madison Square Park, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. With a different flavor each day, and a couple handfuls of mix-ins, I have quite the combinations to get into. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And, if you’re curious what the line outside is stacking up to be, you can always get your spy on and check out their Shack Cam to see realtime updates. 

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Seersucker

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I went to Nightingale 9 in Carroll Gardens not too long ago, and loved it. But wouldn’t you know, this Vietnamese restaurant has a sister who hales from the South? Since Nightingale 9 was so amazing, I had to check out this other spot. A few doors down, you’ll find Seersucker in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

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Focusing on a seasonal menu, this lovely and inviting restaurant serves Southern cuisine with a bit of a NYC twist. The service is awesome, and everything on the menu looked great. To drink, I had to go for their Smokey and The Bandit (chipotle infused white pile whiskey, smoked brown sugar syrup, lime juice). This drink was incredible. The glass is served out to you, upside down, on a mini cast iron skillet, filled with smoke. Once the smokiness is infused in the glass, it’s lifted up and in pours your drink. It’s not particularly spicy, but has such a great smokiness and warmth, which is balanced out with the slight sweetness of the brown sugar syrup.

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Then, before your meal, you’re served some complimentary little biscuits with a salted molasses and apricot jam. The biscuits are unreal, and honestly don’t even need any spreads. They’re light, flaky and buttery and melt in your mouth. But, if you add the spreads, the apricot is my favorite. It’s fresh and sweet and really compliments the delicate savoriness of the biscuit.

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To start, I had the Bibb Lettuce Salad (radish, celery seed vinaigrette, NY butternut squash oil, toasted benne seeds). It’s deliciously fresh and light and the perfect start to your meal. I especially loved the celery seed vinaigrette, something I haven’t had before.

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For my entree, I ordered Grilled Pennsylvania Trout (morels, pickled collard stems, pea shoots). I really loved this dish. The fish bathes in this deliciously savory broth, soaking in the flavor. It’s tender and light, and complimented nicely by the delicate, plump morels and collard stems.

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With such an amazing meal, I had to get some of their dessert. I had a Rice Pudding (rhubarb compote and brown sugar crumble). This was the perfect little finish to the meal. It’s not too sweet, but the rice pudding is rich, creamy, and the compote is sweet with a light tartness. Together, they’re a match made in mason jar heaven.

The Shorts:
Name: Seersucker
Location: 329 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Without a doubt. The whole experience was great and the food and drinks are no joke.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Everything was amazing, so, you can’t really go wrong here.