Our favorite burger stand from New York will finally open its first store in the Philippines within the first quarter next year. Here's what we know so far.
Food | By Trixie Reyna on July 20, 2018

Shake Shack shakes

Shake Shack shakes

One of the things everyone told me to try when I first visited New York in 2013 is Shake Shack. “Is it a milk shake store?” I asked, clueless. “They do have milk shakes, but they’re known for their burgers!” came the reply.

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Shake Shack Madison Square Park—the original branch that, ironically, I haven’t had the chance to visit because there’s always a long line!

And so yes, I had my first Shake Shack burger at their Times Square store five years ago and had it every time I’d visited NYC since. Shake Shack even indirectly figured in my husband’s marriage proposal: On that fateful day in October 2016, our first stop was brunch at the same Shake Shack branch—the first time Jessie was to try their burgers. I suggested he try the ‘Shroom Burger, since I know he loves mushrooms, but it was a mistake: I learned that if my husband is hungry and craving a burger, he has to have the biggest and meatiest he can find. I ended up sharing my ShackBurger with him, and we both were ‘hangry’ throughout the day. I even unknowingly delayed his proposal at Central Park in my search of good bagels stuffed with the thickest cream cheese, HAHA!

Shake Shack 'Shroom Burger

Shake Shack ‘Shroom Burger

I have a lot of fond memories at Shake Shack, and I know that some of my friends and family adore it because they even included Shake Shack in their respective Tokyo itineraries, haha! So I’m super excited that finally, New York’s critically-acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand is coming to Manila! Shake Shack has partnered with SSI Group, Inc. to bring Filipinos their first ShackBurger and more.

ShackBurger

ShackBurger

Known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, flat-top Vienna beef dogs, fresh-spun frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer, wine, and more, Shake Shack has earned a cult following across America and all over the world. With its fine-dining heritage, commitment to real, premium ingredients, and fun and lively environment, Shake Shack is the US burger joint Filipinos have been waiting for.

Shake Shack Flat-top dog

Shake Shack Flat-top dog

“With the arrival of Shake Shack in the Philippines, we are excited to be amongst the first in Asia that will be home to the renowned American casual restaurant chain,” says SSI Group President Anton Huang.

Shake Shack Vice President of Global Licensing Michael Kark reveals, “We are excited to begin the search for our first site in Metro Manila.”

Shake Shack food offerings

Shake Shack intends to work with local purveyors and producers to create a one-of-a-kind Shake Shack for the Manila community. The Manila menu will feature Shake Shack’s signature items including the ShackBurger, Shack-cago Dog, classic crinkle cut fries, wine, and frozen custard ice cream.

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Shake Shack Madison Square Park at dusk

Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the company has expanded to more than 170 locations in 21 US States and the District of Columbia, and more than 60 international locations including London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul, and more.

Shake Shack will open its first store in Manila in the first quarter of 2019.

For more information, visit shakeshack.com or its Facebook page.


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