The Red Velvet Custard from the Shake Shack was a delightful cap to a busy day yesterday. Extra delightful because I got to catch up with my best friend, Doc, after her shift and extra, extra delightful because I got to introduce Doc to Shake Shack and Red Velvet Cake! Doc loved it. The yogurt was super creamy and the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. There were still chunks of cake, but this time the cake was rather dry. A couples of bites were actually kind of crumbly/crunchy. Overall, the Red Velvet Custard was still tasty, even if it wasn't quite as good as the very first time I enjoyed it. Danny Meyer set the bar high and I will eagerly await its next appearance in the custard rotation.
Speaking of the Shake Shack...I read earlier this week on Zagat Buzz (via Eater) that Shacktoberfest is almost upon us. So yesterday night when I was getting my Red Velvet Custard I had to see if I could find out anymore details about this Shacktoberfest...
Alas, the two cashiers I spoke to said they are still working on some "amazing stuff for the menu." Sounds like pumpkin will be featured in custard form. Personally, I'm hoping for a return of the Pumpkin Pie Concrete that I remember enjoying immensely a couple of years back--we're talking creamy and delicious Shake Shack custard with real pieces of pumpkin pie. That thing was amazing.
Don't get me wrong, I love the custom custard flavors--hello, Red Velvet!--but I wish that Mr. Meyer would allow the special custards to be make into concretes. How awesome would Salted Caramel Custard be in any of the concretes on the menu? Just imagine the Concrete Jungle--hot fudge, bananas, caramel AND Salted Caramel Custard. Or the Hopscotch--hot fudge, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Valrhona chocolate chunks, and chocolate sprinkles AND Salted Caramel Custard. Sigh...delicious. You can make your own concrete concoction anytime with a vanilla or chocolate base and their regular menu of toppings, but it's not often that you get a concrete with a different base and/or new and unusual mix ins. And if last year's menu with Black Forest, German Chocolate, Apple Strudel and Sachertorte is any indication, Shacktoberfest should be a very good fest indeed.
Shacktoberfest at the Shake Shack
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Ave. and E.23rd St.