YouTube clip after YouTube clip, we have been drawn to the intense and inexplicable dance of one to many. What is entirely without mystery however, is the gathering of crowds on 124th street, respectably clothed and relatively motion-free, they are here to partake not in the hive-mind dance mania, but in smoothies of the red velvet variety.
Namely, the Harlem shake is taken literally at this establishment, done with ice cream and syrup splendor. It is thick, like any milk shake with fortitude, but a pale reddish pink that signals its red velvet origins. It goes down like a dream, but sinks like a stone.
Along with the sinking satisfaction of your drink, there are burgers that inspire a most similar sensation. I had the classic, which was an admirable companion to the shake, but alone perhaps not necessary worth the fanfare. At the table was also the hot mess, which we were quickly becoming. A double patty, crowned with another, there was subdued conversation that followed.
Note however, that these burgers tragically do not come with fries. The offerings of regular, Cajun, and sweet potato are separately entertained, and an absolute addition to any meal with a patty. I say sweep the worries of calories until tomorrow, and go for the self-made combo.
At the end of this meal, one might wonder, what is this shop without the beat and dance. What is this space lined with portraits and autographs, stocked relics and keepsakes. I say, it is an homage to a neighborhood undaunted–by flavors and rhythms–and to the people who have made this neighborhood historic.
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100 W 124th St
New York, NY 10027