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Happy National Fast Food Day! Celebrate at these 5 NYC spots

November 15, 2018 - 10:00 am

It's National Fast Food Day! While the first fast food restaurant did not originate in New York -- it was White Castle in Kansas -- the Big Apple is responsible for some of the best and most notable names in the business. When one thinks of Nathan’s, images of Coney Island appear along with mouth-watering hot dogs. If it’s pizza you crave, there’s none better than the deliciously satisfying Grimaldi’s of Brooklyn. New Yorker’s can debate for hours whether the burgers are better at Shake Shack or Five Guys, and for a quick breakfast or lunch on the go, Essen Fast Slow Food is the choice for busy denizens.

Shake Shack
Multiple locations

In 2001 Shake Shack began with a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. A permanent kiosk took root and as the site declares, “the rest, as they say, is burger history.” Shake Shack has grown internationally, and although the menu is “fast food,” the burgers, shakes and fries are arguably the best amongst the popular chains.

Five Guys
Multiple locations

So what if Five Guys didn’t originate in New York City? With 48 locations in the region, diners would think the eatery was a New York staple. The menu was so delicious that when the brand decided to franchise, it sold out of territory within 18 months. Fry connoisseurs love the fresh cut potatoes fried up to perfection and burger lovers appreciate the delicious simplicity the menu offers.

Essen Fast Slow Food
Multiple Locations

With locations in midtown, downtown, uptown and in between, Essen is the go-to eatery for "fast slow food" in NYC. Whether it’s breakfast or lunch, order to-go, prepackaged or buffet, there is something for every New Yorker. The range of items is as varied as your taste, making this a delightful NY deli for dumplings, Cuban sandwiches, salads, eggs, pancakes and more.

Nathan's Famous
1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn

Nathan’s Famous is the essence of the fast-food joint and New York City summers. Thankfully, there are restaurants throughout the region and packages readily available in the grocery stores for fans of the hot dog. But of course, a visit to the famed Coney Island for Nathan’s Famous is a must, especially if weather permits on National Fast Food Day.


Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizza
1 Front St., Brooklyn

On a beautiful evening under the Brooklyn Bridge, a long line forms as hungry patrons wait patiently for the city’s best pizza, hands down. While the wait may make it seem less like fast food, the picturesque sight of the bridge and New York’s skyline provide a stunning view calming even the most impatient diners. Thankfully, Grimaldi’s has expanded, giving ardent fans the opportunity to enjoy the fare throughout the region.