Just about a year ago, I left my spacious Union Square apartment for my current and (much) less spacious East Village digs. I while love my 'hood, my block, my current milieu, this has meant my admittedly all-too-frequent stops at the Shake Shack on my walk home from work came to a screeching halt. Though just a couple of blocks out of the way now, my new locale adds about 10 minutes of time to the shack-to-freezer equation. Meaning that, were I to purchase a pint in the middle of summer, I'd be left with a whole lot of custard soup by the time I made it home. But sometimes things just work out. I could have been depressed by the sudden chill in the air this morning, by the fact that summer got the fuck out of dodge as soon as it was released from its official duties, but there was a silver lining. Today is, of course, the last Monday of September, meaning the last time in the near future I would be able to get my grubby paws on a pint of Coffee and Donuts custard, my favorite flavor to cycle through the Shake Shack custard calendar. No other Mondays have afforded me the opportunity this month to grab a pint on the way home, being all 'summery' as they were. But today, today was perfect. My phone told me it was a cool 63 degrees as I left my office this evening, perfect weather for me to hustle back to my apartment in my column skirt with no slit that while very cute if I do say so myself made taking steps larger than 8 inches very difficult. Though the little bit that melted around the edges of the container will be a bit icy after they freeze back up, the pint was pretty much none the worse for wear.
And it turns out that you can also get your Coffee and Donuts tomorrow (or today, as it likely is) should you so desire (and you should). As I stood in the B-Line at Madison Square Park today I noticed a sign with the day's specials, and it looks like the Shack is offering pints of "yesterday's custard." Today's custard will be yesterday's custard tomorrow (yup), and if you like coffee ice cream, and you like donuts, and you like all that is good and true in this world, you should get your ass over to Shake Shack and grab yourself a pint. While the Coffee and Donuts flavor is appears on the Custard Calendar a few times a year, there's no telling when that next time is going to be, and I can say with confidence from experience that it's better to have Coffee and Donuts custard than to not.
(Shack Shack is apparently now large enough that it must post calorie counts of all its food. Just do me a favor, buy the custard before you check the figures.)
Multiple Locations (I visited Madison Square Park)