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Shake Shack in Madison Square Park reopens after renovation

The original Shake Shack, located in Madison Square Park has reopened after closing October 14th 2014 for renovations.

ShakeshackAs part of the re-opening, Brooklyn United Marching Band played, Bocce Bakery was there with treats for dogs, special t-shirts were handed out to early-comers, and Brooklyn Brewery has a special Shack PhoeniX lager on tap. They also are serving a limited-edition ParkBurger (Jasper Hill Farm cheese sauce and Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon).

Plus for summer the corn dogs are back, as well as new Red Velvet Cake Concretes. And here is the May Custard Calendar: Caramel Walnut Cake (May 18-24) and Strawberry Cheesecake (May 25-30)

As you would expect the lines were long. Welcome back Shake Shack!

The ParkBurger (Photo via Shake Shack facebook)

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Mexicue opens on the north side of Madison Square Park at 225 5th Avenue

A new Mexicue location has opened at 225 5th Avenue (between 26th and 27th Street) at the base of the Grand Madison condo building on the north side of Madison Square Park. The space had been vacant since the Grand Madison opened in 2006, but it was often used for sample sales. Mexicue combines BBQ […]

Madison Square Eats Spring 2015 runs now through May 28th #MadSqEats

mad sq eats spring 2013Madison Square Eats is back again, with food stands serving up dishes for about $8-$10 from a variety of neighborhood and city vendors. It’s open every day from 11am-9pm, for lunch through dinner.

Each stand typically serves up a menu of 3-5 dishes from their restaurant or bakery, with most items made and cooked on location, so it is fresh and flavorful.

New this year are Hill Country BBQ and Uma Temakeria. This time around there will be 29 food stands and here they are:

The event is hosted by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Lulu & Me Restaurant in Nomad closes

lulu and me closedAfter a little over 3 years in business, Lulu & Me restaurant (253 5th Avenue @ 28th St) has closed in Nomad. The Italian eatery owned by husband and wife team, Michael Miele and Karen Fohrhaltz, (Amsterdam’s Bar & Rotisserie and The Metro Grill) served Italian ‘gastropub’ type food.

As we have mentioned many times over the years, the Madison Square Park area is a competitive landscape for Italian cuisine including A Voce, Maialano, Manzo, Birierra, the rest of Eataly, plus Zio, Obicà Mozzarella Bar, SD26, Aselina, Basta Pasta, i Trulli, Magia Osteria Italiana, and pizza spots Forcella, Waldy’s, La Pizza Fresca, Grimaldis, Zero Otto Nove, Tappo, and Eataly le Pizze.

There have been many Italian restaurant deaths over the last few years in the neighborhood. Be careful before opening an Italian restaurant in the area even if you think you have a great chef.


2015 Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery underway

The annual 2015 Hot Chocolate Festival (3 West 18th Street near 5th Avenue) is underway all February at City Bakery. The flavors range from the tame (Darkest Dark Chocolate) to the global (Vietnamese Cinnamon, Peruvian Milk Chocolate) to the whimsical (Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate, Ode to the Polar Bear) and of course the Love Potion […]


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