Food-obsessed New Yorkers may very well look back on the past 12 months as the Year of the Chicken Sandwich. We've seen all sorts of poultry purveyors attempt to tantalize us with their various versions of the classic deep-fried bird on a bun, from cult-favorite fast-food chain Chick-fil-A (which finally opened its first NYC location last October) to celebrity chefs David Chang and Carla Hall.
Arguably the best of these, though, is the one at Midas Touch-restaurateur Danny Meyer's burgeoning brand of burger joints, Shake Shack. Striking a near-perfect balance between crunchy and juicy, the Chick'n Shack, which debuted earlier this year, has been described as a "game-changer."
Now, the Shack is attempting to change the game yet again with an even fresher take on chicken -- sorry, "Chick'n." The new Salt & Pepper Honey Chick’n is an even simpler rendition than its predecessor, casting aside traditional toppings of lettuce, mayo, and pickles in favor of two new additives: salted honey and black pepper.
Unveiled on Thursday, October 6th, the new sandwich is only available at the Shack's three existing Brooklyn locations, which makes sense. That way, if the Shack suddenly runs low on the honey, management can just bum some from the nearest neighborhood rooftop beekeeper.
How does this sticky-sweet upstart compare to its more homey sister chicken sandwich? We decided to find out.