On another side of the tent, a clogged Shake Shack table offered a glimpse of what the corner of 77th and Columbus might look like when it opens there. Design is complete and construction begins in a month, says Randy Garutti, who is overseeing the new shack for Danny Meyer. With a kitchen twice the size of the Madison Square Park outpost and seating for 70, Garutti hopes the line won't be so long. But judging from the crowds who lined up all night for Shack-cago dogs, we suspect that's wishful thinking.
There was plenty else to see and taste at the sold-out event. A raucous crowd imbibing from bottomless wine glasses and beer cups failed to shut up for honorees Gael Greene and Tim and Nina Zagat, so they quickly left the stage to chat with Daniel Boulud. Memorable dishes were Zak Pelaccios short-rib rendang; country biscuits with ham and gravy from Madaleine Mae; and Bar Bouluds terrine of chicken and Meyer lemon. Desserts were more whimsical, with cotton candy from Landmarc and shaved ice from Eighty One, plus the inevitable bite-size cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. Michael Alan Connelly