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Shake Shack Madison Square Park closing Tuesday October 14th until next summer!

ShakeshackGet your Shack fix while you can. The Madison Square Park Shake Shack (the original) is closing Tuesday October 14th until what looks to be next summer! It is closing for renovations to the interior and exterior.

Today they are doing a limited edition burger by Italian chef Massimo Bottura (three Michelin stars, currently ranked third in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards) called The Emilia Burger. The Emila is a “custom-blend Pat LaFrieda beef patty ground with parmigiano reggiano, topped with cotechino sausage, salsa verde and Villa Manodori balsamic mayonnaise made with Chef Bottura’s Villa Manodori Artigianale balsamic vinegar”.

Hurry though, they will only be serving 1000 and only at Madison Square Park. You can still get the regular menu if you miss the limited edition burger.

9th Annual Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack runs through October 12th, 2014

The 9th Annual Shacktoberfest at Shake Shack in Madison Squarer Park is underway and runs through October 12th. Shacktoberfest features special menu items.

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Here is the menu:

  • Brat Burger: 100% all-natural Angus beef burger topped with a flat-top griddled bacon cheddar-stuffed bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce ($7.50)
  • Currywurst: Bavarian Brat topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and curry ketchup ($4.95)
  • Bavarian Brat: Griddled bratwurst topped with German-style slaw ($4.95)
  • Bacon Cheddar Brat: Griddled bacon cheddar-stuffed bratwurst ($4.95)
  • German Chocolate Walnut Concrete: Chocolate frozen custard blended with coconut-walnut caramel and chocolate truffle cookie dough (Single: $4.30 | Double: $6.55)
  • Apfelstrudel Shake: Vanilla frozen custard hand-spun with apples, caramel and spices ($5.75)

All bratwursts are from Schaller & Weber. You can also pick up a commemorative 25 ounce Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10 which includes a beer and can be refilled for $7.

Broadway Bites Fall 2014 opens in Nomad with food stands

Already missing Madison Square Eats? Well no worries, because the Broadway Bites artisinal food market is now open in Nomad just up the street at 33rd and Broadway. It’s brought to you by the same people (UrbanSpace) who run Madison Square Eats, and you will see many of the same vendors. Broadway Bites Fall 2014 […]

General Assembly Restaurant closes, and reopens as Park Avenue Autumn

park avenue autumnIf you recently walked down 26th Street and did a double-take, we did as well. General Assembly restaurant closed abruptly after roughly 6 months in the spot that previously housed Hurricane Club at 360 Park Avenue South (at 26th Street). But the space was turned around even more quickly (seemingly less than 2 weeks) and now is the new home of the seasonal restaurant Park Avenue (Autumn) that used to be at Park and 63rd Street until they recently lost the lease up there.

While this may all sound fast and chaotic, note that the ownership group (Michael Stilman) of General Assembly also owned Park Avenue Autumn uptown (as well as Quality Meats and Smith & Wollensky) so they probably had a lot of the pieces already in place (concept, menu, etc). The Chefs are chefs Zene Flinn (original Park Avenue Autumn and Nougatine) and Benkei O’Sullivan (ABC Kitchen, Frankie’s Spuntino).

The restaurant and menu are reportedly more accessible and casual versions of the original Park Avenue restaurant, but will stiill change names and menus seasonally.

Here is the current dinner menu:

And here is the lunch menu:

They will also serve a weekend brunch later this fall. We have not tried it yet at MadParkNews but will report back when we do.


Danny Meyer and Nick Anderer’s Marta restaurant opens on 29th Street

marta restaurant nycAmid much hype, Marta restaurant is now open at 29 East 29th Street in the Martha Washington hotel (between Park Avenue South and Madison).

It’s a Danny Meyer/Terry Coughlin project with Chef/Partner Nick Anderer (Gramercy Tavern, Babbo) running the show and serving up “Roman traditions of thin, crackly-crusted pizzas and seasonal specials cooked “alle brace”—over open embers.” Chef de Cuisine is Joe Tarasco (Maialino, Gramercy Tavern, Le Bec-Fin, Frankies Spuntino).

We have not had a chance to eat at Marta yet but will report back once we do.

Until then, here is the pizza menu:

marta pizze menuBeyond Pizzes, they also Fritti, fried dishes including Zucchini, Eggplant, Pasta “Meatballs”, calamari, as well as salads and full entrees (Beer-Brined Half Chicken, Beef Short Rib with Anchovy Bernaise, Arctic Char with Fennel Fronds and Olive-Tomato Salad, Trout with Prosciutto, Sage, Charred Lemon, and more).

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