Food & Drink

Your Favorite Burger Joint Just Opened in Penn Station

Published On 12/03/2016 Published On 12/03/2016
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Evan Sung

Traveling through New York’s Penn Station just got a little less terrible. Now, instead of relying on Krispy Kreme or Penn Sushi, you can get yourself a ShackBurger. Shake Shack, the beloved NYC-based burger empire, opens its doors on the lower concourse of Manhattan’s most wretched major train hub today.

The new location allows commuters coming in and out of Penn to grab breakfast sandwiches (like sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches) in the morning, Shack classics like burgers and crinkle-cut fries from the afternoon onward, plus Stumptown coffee, and local craft beers from The Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sixpoint Brewery for the ride home. Is this the first step towards the widely criticized Penn Station -- which the city plans to fully renovate by 2020 -- becoming the next Grand Central? Probably not! But at least you don’t have to settle for questionable sushi anymore!

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Amy Schulman is a Shake Shack aficionado who is not embarrassed to have once waited more than an hour and a half in line for a burger and fries. Follow her on Instagram.

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1. Shake Shack - Penn Station Penn Station , New York, NY 10119 (Manhattan)

Remember when Shake Shack was just a modest burger stand in Madison Square Park? Danny Meyer's now-famous burger and milkshake chain has swept the nation, and before commuters get swept away by trains, they can pop into this Penn Station outpost in the lower concourse for an all-American bite. Expect beloved menu items like crinkle-cut fries and the Shack Stack, a cheeseburger topped with a Muenster- and cheddar-filled fried portobello mushroom. There's also Stumptown coffee and breakfast sandwiches for those making the morning commute. Shake Shack's simplistic goodness is probably the only thing those taking Amtrak, NJ Transit, and LIRR can agree on -- and that Penn Station is an eyesore.

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