Island Burgers and Shakes has Fries Worth the Walk Out of Bounds
Island Burgers & Shakes has been a go-to Hell’s Kitchen spot for me for going on 10 years. The back of their menu has always had this long explanation about how their kitchen is too tiny and the electricity to run the fryer/bring the space up to code would cost a fortune so they only serve bagged chips and baked potatoes. Back in January we reported that they finally started serving fries, but I only recently had a chance to go check it out in person.
After fifteen years of build up, I had great expectations for these fries ($3.75) and I’m pleased to say Island Burgers delivered. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, hot from the very expensive fryer, and perfectly salted (and peppered) these fries were definitely worth the walk.
The unfortunate thing about Island Burgers is that your tab can start adding up quickly. Burgers start at $8 and go up to $12.50. Add a shake and fries to that and you could be spending close to $20 on lunch. They do, however, have a cash only, $10 “Stimulus” special: Hamburger/cheeseburger + chips + soda or Schlitz for those of you unwilling to break the ML price boundaries. I don’t think I can live without the fries…
Island Burgers & Shakes, 766 9th Avenue Btwn 51st & 52nd Streets, (212) 307-7934