2/22/2012 09:15:00 AM

NY Times Gives Shake Shack One Star

Whether you agree or disagree with the fact that newly minted NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells chose to devote a full review to Shake Shack was at least pretty entertaining. The burger is the only food to make both our "Most Overrated New York Dishes" and our "Iconic New York Dishes" lists, so it of course provokes its share of controversy. Wells likes the burger on occasion, but slams the fast-food joint for it's inconsistency. The choice quote of the piece: "How the burger could change lives I never divined, but on occasion it was magnificent, as beefy and flavorful as the outer quarter-inch of a Peter Luger porterhouse. More often, though, the meat was cooked to the color of wet newsprint, inside and out, and salted so meekly that eating it was as satisfying as hearing a friend talk about a burger his cousin ate."

And the fries? Well, he's not too nice to them, saying you can get better golden brown spuds "pretty much anywhere." Read the full review here.

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