By Julie Shapiro
BATTERY PARK CITY — Get ready, ShackBurger fans.
Downtown's much-anticipated Shake Shack is opening on Wednesday in Battery Park City, the popular chain announced on Tuesday.
"We're excited to have a location in this neighborhood," said Jon Vandergrift, director of New York operations for Shake Shack, as workers put the finishing touches on the restaurant Tuesday morning. "It's an up-and-coming area — we're excited to be part of the redevelopment."
The Battery Park City outpost, on Murray Street, features all the traditional menu items that made Shake Shack famous, including burgers dripping with the house-made ShackSauce, but it also offers three special "concretes," or frozen custards, that can't be found anywhere else.
The "Wall-nut Street" contains vanilla custard, cookie dough, walnuts and cherries; the "Lower West Side" has chocolate custard, malted marshmallow and cocoa nibs; and the "Downtown Butter Brown" serves up vanilla custard mixed with hazelnut brown butter streusel and seasonal fruit.
Customers can eat inside the restaurant or take their burgers, hot dogs and shakes outside to tables in the covered walkway that separates the Shake Shack from the new Goldman Sachs headquarters.
Vandergrift expects to draw many customers from the heavily-used Battery Park City ball fields, which are just across the street.
The Shake Shack is just one of three new Danny Meyer restaurants slated for the former Embassy Suites building at 102 N. End Ave., which is under renovations to become part of the luxury Conrad brand. Meyer also plans to open a Blue Smoke barbecue joint and a sit-down new-American restaurant called North End Grill by the end of the year.
Starting Wednesday, the Battery Park City Shake Shack at 215 Murray St., on the south side of the 102 N. End Ave. building, will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.