The East Village Is Getting a Shake Shack

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It’s promising “customer experience elements.” Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Lower Manhattan’s vast ShackBurger-less void will soon be no more. Since Battery Park’s Shake Shack opened back in 2011, you’ve had to trek north for miles to reach the next outpost — the original, above 23rd Street in Madison Square Park. (The Financial District got a location last July, but, somewhat cruelly, this shrunk that gap by almost zero.) Well, the Post reports that Danny Meyer has finally seen fit to enter no-man’s-land and serve his homegrown burgers in Astor Place, now that it’s received a snazzy face-lift.

The location will be just under 3,000 square feet — so, not huge — over on the northeast side of 51 Astor Place, a.k.a. that building with the red Jeff Koons in its lobby. It will join a Chop’t and a Bluestone Lane already in the building. It’s supposed to open sometime this fall. By then, the public plaza will be in full pedestrian-friendly swing, so now you’ve got the perfect frozen custard for an autumn stroll.

The East Village Is Getting a Shake Shack