After Fuku threw down the fast-casual chicken sandwich gauntlet last month, it was only a matter of time before the restaurant that owns NYC’s fast-casual burger market responded.
The ChickenShack sandwich ($6.29) seems to follow the same model that worked for Shake Shack’s burger: make the best version of a classic dish. The fried chicken is accompanied by just lettuce, pickles and a buttermilk herb mayo.
The type of bun didn’t rate a mention, and neither did the spice level of the breading, but the humble magic of Shake Shack’s burger is that there is nothing about it that would perk a foodie’s interest — until they taste it.
But the lack of details aren’t the only reason we’re tempering our enthusiasm.