Shake Shack Innovation Kitchen in NYC is Like A Secret Menu Experience

location_onWest Village, New York, New York
The Shake Shack Innovation Kitchen is located in the lower West Village neighborhood in Manhattan, New York. Here you can get experimental dishes and new-to-the-US menu items.

Enter your order on the digital menus by the door.

The POS ordering system has an "innovation" menu with new items that Shake Shack is testing - like Chick'n Bites, a black sesame milkshake popular in Japan, and a matcha cold brew originally introduced in London.

An airy, light filled dining room upstairs even has a TV mounted to a concrete pillar.

Pick-up counter. You get texted when your food is ready.

Initially launched in 2001 as a hot dog cart in support of Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation, three years later Shake Shack opened it's first permanent kiosk (still there!) and now has multiple locations around New York City, including it's first test kitchen.

Hot Chicken Sandwich and a Double Cheeseburger

Chick'n Bites and Peach Tea off the "Innovation" menu

You can't go wrong with the classics. Can't you just taste it?

The heat of the chicken is well complemented by the cole slaw and pickle.

Eater reported past menu items such as: - a pancake and bacon frozen custard; - a beef hot dog with pumpkin mustard, bacon, cranberries, and sage; - a cheeseburger topped with tempura watercress, crispy mozzarella, and black garlic mayonnaise
If you're looking to try the crazier dishes, keep an eye out for the weekly specials announced on a chalkboard sign on the sidewalk outside. If you're lucky, The test kitchen team will bring sample bites up to the dining area to try and get feedback on.

Downstairs are restrooms, the Innovation Kitchen, and a Leadership Center.

The walls downstairs are covered in a mural by Josh Cochran.

The Innovation Kitchen appears to be closed

Wall of photos and memorabilia.