Lonely Planet Writer

New York City’s latest monster shake is topped with a slab of iconic Brooklyn cheesecake

New York City’s monster shake master is at it again. Black Tap, originator of the Crazy Shake, has collaborated with iconic Brooklyn restaurant Junior’s to offer the New Yorker — a strawberry milkshake with a vanilla frosted, graham cracker-dotted rim, topped off with a hefty slab of Junior’s famous strawberry cheesecake.

The New Yorker Shake.
The New Yorker Shake. Image by Black Tap

The New Yorker is the latest in Black Tap’s Crazy Shakes collaborations, which has included the Brooklyn Blackout Cake Shake, a joint venture with The Little Cupcake Bakeshop that capped off a chocolate milkshake with epic amounts of chocolate, oreo, and a chocolate cupcake, as well as a vegan shake made with coconut milk ice cream and garnished with a vegan cupcake, rice-based whipped cream, and pink lollipop from fellow buzzworthy New York eatery By Chloe.

Black Tap opened its first restaurant in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood the March 2015. The modern American luncheonette specializes in burgers and garnered international attention with over-the-top, Willy Wonka-esque shakes topped with sweets ranging from cotton candy and sour gummi poppers to cookies and entire slices of cake.

As a New York native, Black Tap chef and owner Joe Isidori is especially excited about the collaboration with Junior’s. “I grew up going to Junior’s with my father and it’s one of my favorite places in New York,” said Isidori. “If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve likely had a slice of Junior’s cheesecake, so we are thrilled to celebrate our city with this incredibly delicious treat.”

The strawberry monster shake will be available from 3-5 March at all four Black Tap locations in the city, as well as at four Junior’s restaurants, including the original location on Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue. Like for all Black Tap shakes, be prepared to wait in a long line and pony up for the experience. The New Yorker will set you back $19/£15.40 — but just imagine the Instagram possibilities.

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