Since we like Oktoberfest, and we like Shake Shack, how could we not like Shacktoberfest? Until October 10th, all the Shake Shacks around town (except Citi Field and Saratoga Race Course) are offering special Oktoberfest menu items, including sausages, concretes, and of course, lots of seasonal beer.
We started with the Hungarian smoked sausage ($4.25). It's a classic, well-executed pairing of smoky, salty meat and tangy mustard.
The currywurst ($5.25) is a tasty mess of sliced, seared bratwurst and fries smothered in warm tomato-based curry. It's perfect rainy-day food.
The garlic sausage ($4.75) topped with crumbled pretzels was our favorite of the bunch, with its rich garlic flavor and addictive bacon-beer-cheese sauce. Though we didn't get much bacon flavor, that was fine with us; the beer flavor came through deliciously.
Each Shake Shack is serving different seasonal beers to accompany the sausage. At Madison Square Park, try Blue Point Oktoberfest or Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (though you may need a nap after that one. The Theater District branch is serving Goose Island's Harvest Ale and Ithaca's Cold Front, along with Harpoon Oktoberfest. You can get Brooklyn Brewery's Oktboerfest (along with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale) at the Upper East Side branch.
For dessert, there are a few special concretes for $6.25 each. The German chocolate cake concrete was studded with nuts and coconut flakes, though we wished for some more intense chocolate addition.
The Cranberry Almond Streusel concrete combines rich vanilla custard with buttery streusel bits and tart cranberries. It seemed a little light on the cranberries to us, but it's great for those who want to spice up their vanilla routine a little.
Of course, you could just skip dessert and have another beer.