Queens residents will finally have a place to buy Danny Meyer's popular Shake Shack burgers on Wednesday — without needing a ticket to Citi Field or JFK. The borough's first stand alone Shake Shack will open tomorrow in the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst in a former Urban Outfitters, a bit earlier than the original anticipated opening date, according to the company.
In addition to Shake Shack classics, the Queens location will have local beer and special concretes, including a Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchrete, with chocolate custard, peanut butter sauce, chocolate toffee, and chocolate sprinkles, and a Banana Caramel Crisp, with vanilla custard, banana, caramel sauce, and crumbled sugar cone cookie. Shake Shack Queens will also offer a World's Fare concrete, with vanilla custard, matcha, marshmallow sauce, and crispy crunchies. Five percent of the profits of World's Fare concrete will go to Middle Village non-profit Play4Autism.
Shake Shack has locations in Citi Field and in JFK in Queens, but there hasn't been a stand alone location of the popular burger joint in the borough despite its rapid growth to a dozen different states. It already has several locations in Manhattan, where it originally opened, and in Brooklyn. Another location in Queens, in the Forest Hills neighborhood, is expected this year. Doors open at the Elmhurst location, at 90-15 Queens Blvd., at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. If you check it out, let us know how it is.