The Shake Shack is going to face some serious competition right on its own turf. Starting today through Nov. 1, the Madison Square Market is bringing downtown favorites like Cabrito and Fatty Crab to the Flatiron.
Will LaFrieda's beef be able to hold its own against goat tacos and pork sliders? To make things interesting, Hill Country is throwing smoked ribs into the mix. And it's not a party until the Norse show up: Viking Danish Cuisine is rolling in with some Swedish meatballs.
You've pretty much got all the animal parts you need in one square block -- at least until the Breslin brings its slow-roasted lambs head to the Ace Hotel just up Broadway (which, incidentally, is one of the event's sponsors).
But the Shack has one last trick up its sleeve: Shacktoberfest, which ends on Sunday, is dishing up Germany-inspired sausages like the Currywurst and the Cheddar Bratwurst and a giant, commemorative beer stein for $15.
For those with more of a taste for the sweet things in life, Wafels & Dinges, Ben & Jerry's and Suzette with her crepes are sure to satisfy even the most extreme cravings.
The smorgasbord is open daily from 11 a.m until 8 p.m. and you can walk it all off with a stroll through the artisans market, which, from the looks of it, is going to be huge.
This is the first such "seasonal" market to be hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservatory, the not-for-profit organization responsible for making the park into a place you would actually want to sit and eat.