Here's one line that Long Islanders happily waited in: The one at Shake Shack. On Saturday, cleanup from the storm and chaos at the gas stations did not stop the crowds from converging on the brand-new roadside burger stand on Old Country Road, just off the Meadowbrook Parkway in Garden City.
Owned by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, Shake Shack is an updated take on a classic Midwestern counter-service eatery. Since the first one opened in 2004 in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, it has become almost as renowned for its long lines as for its menu, and the Long Island outpost, the chain's 16th, was no exception.
"There were lines out the door on Saturday and Sunday," said Greg Waters, a company spokesman.
Shake Shack's savory menu comprises Angus-beef burgers ($3.55 to $8.80), split-and-griddled hot dogs ($4), fries (previously frozen, $2.65), wine and beer (including Brooklyn Brewery's Shackmeister Ale on tap, $5 for 16 ounces). On the sweet side is frozen custard in vanilla, chocolate and a flavor of the day, made fresh daily at each Shake Shack. It can be ordered in a cup or cone ($3.25 to $4.35), a pint ($5.75), or in a shake ($5), malted ($5.50) or float ($4.75).
Shake Shack's signature dessert is a Midwestern specialty virtually unknown on either coast: the "concrete," a dense blend of frozen custard with your choice of 12 mix-ins, from fudge or caramel sauce to chocolate toffee. For Long Island, the Shack has created three new concretes: the Westberry (vanilla custard, strawberry jam, fried Belgian waffles and cinnamon sugar), the Malt Whitman (vanilla custard, Brooklyn-made Mast Brothers chocolate, banana bread -- from Main Street Bakery in Port Washington, no less -- and malt powder) and the Old Country Rocky Road, which has the look of a classic in the making: chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough and almonds.
Shake Shack is at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 860 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-620-2880.