Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's a Cheese-Dripping Wurst, I Tell You!

It's October! Therefore, there are about 3,000 Oktoberfest celebrations going on. But the most important one in my book is Shacktoberfest! AKA my annual wurst orgy with a side of fries. During a late Saturday afternoon wander, Ginger and I found ourselves-okay, I sort of steered us-at Madison Square Park, in front of a nearly line-less Shake Shack. Now, let's pretend we're in Wisconsin.

From the wurst menu, we only picked two of the three available: the Schaller & Weber Cheddar Bratwurst (covered with beer mustard) and the Usinger's Weisswurst (covered with braised red cabbage.) For drinks, we got Wolaver's Will Steven's Pumpkin Ale and the Otter Creek Oktoberfest-both were good, but we liked the Oktoberfest better.

Cheddar Bratwurst
Mmm, cheese and sausage. Yes, the cheddar bratwurst drips liquid cheese. And that simple fact made it the clear winner in both our books.

Not that the Weisswurst was bad. The delicious braised cabbage overpowered the weisswurst; it could definitely benefit from an addition like beer mustard.

Pumpkin Spice Custard
We opted to not get a concrete, but to go for some Pumpkin Spice custard instead. Similar to the pumpkin spice last year, it was spicy and reminded my palate of the deliciousness that is fall.

Shacktoberfest runs through this Sunday, October 11th.

Shake Shack
Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Madison Avenue

Upper West Side
366 Columbus Ave (at 77th Street)
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ABowlOfMush said...

Yeyyy, so glad you took pics of this! I didn't make it there last weekend, so I'm going this weekend!
I can't miss this!

Have you had their salted caramel custard yet? I'm dying to try it.

Steven said...

i went last friday night(line was only 20min long, such a treat). i also got the cheddar brat. it was dark, so i didn't really see the dripping cheese. it was good, but lacking in cheese flavor.

I had the Dogfish Punkin and Octoberfest. Both were very good.

The stein is a steal at $15. It is a huge german ceramic stein. It comes with a beer on the side because apparently they have to serve all beer is clear plastic cups.

Rachel Cannon Humiston said...

Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for a great Oktoberfest and completely forgot about my favorite fast food place! I'm obsessed with pumpkin, so the custard is a must!


Luis said...

@ ABowlOfMush: the Salted Caramel custard is disappointing, since the salt is almost nonexistent, so it ends up tasting like normal caramel. It's not "bad", obviously, but just not what I was expecting/wanting.

Also, you definitely should've had the Currywurst, which I thought was much better than the Cheddar Bratwurst.