Gallery: New York's First Steak 'n Shake Opens Tomorrow

Classic Double Cheese Burger
Classic Double Cheese Burger

Two 2.2-ounce patties, smashed thin and cooked until a deep brown sheath forms, stacked with cheese in a soft buttered and toasted bun. This is what a cheeseburger's all about.

Cooking
Cooking

Check out those browned edges!

Signature Steakburger
Signature Steakburger

The 6-ounce Signature Steakburgers get two slices of cheese that are melted underneath a salamander.

Signature Steakburger patty
Signature Steakburger patty

The patties are formed in the store every day from a mixture of organic ground beef that includes ribeye and NY strip.

Wrapping it up.
Wrapping it up.

The burgers come served in a paper sleeve to make eating with one hand a simple affair.

Fries cooked from scratch.
Fries cooked from scratch.

Fries are cut, blanched, par fried, cooled, and crisped up to order.

Great fries.
Great fries.

Thinner than a regular fry but thicker than a shoestring, these are plenty crisp with a bit of fluffy potatoey interior.

Friendly service.
Friendly service.

It seems unlikely that the whole restaurant will be staffed with folks who look like models, but everyone seemed to have that midwestern friendliness, at least during our preview.

Shake Station.
Shake Station.

Your choice of flavors and mix-ins for their hand-spun shakes.

Sturdy spatulas.
Sturdy spatulas.

Buttered toasted buns, cooked burgers, melted cheese, ready to assemble.

Exterior.
Exterior.

The tourist hell of midtown has a new eatery that's actual worth heading to.

Signature Steakburger.
Signature Steakburger.

With the works.