09/20/2012 04:03 pm ET

Shake Shack To Release Calorie Counts On Restaurant Menus

If you were blissfully ignorant of Shake Shack's calorie counts before, you'll be sorry to hear the popular fast food chain is now required to post the numbers on menus at all of its New York City locations.

The Wall Street Journal reports that since Shake Shack has expanded to 15 locations, it's a big enough chain as to be required to post calorie counts, just like Subway and McDonald's.

Although a ShackBurger, fries sans melted cheese, and chocolate shake can total a whopping 2,000 calories, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said they were content to comply with city rules. "When you take your kids to Shake Shack, you're not feeling guilty," he said. "You shouldn't do it every day. It should be part of a balanced lifestyle."

And Shake Shack's burgers aren't as bad as their rivals. As Eater notes, a McDonald's Angus burger with cheese will run you 1,250 calories, as opposed to 850 for the far more delicious Double SmokeShack.

The chain is known for its loyal fan-base and the long lunch lines that appear outside its restaurants every day. Will the new, health-conscious menu deter the hungry? As Shake Shack's burgers are continually ranked as one of the best in the city, we're guessing no.

In December, Brooklynites were gifted with their borough's first Shake Shack.

Restauranteur Danny Meyer is also said to be eyeing the World Trade Center observation deck for his next location.

Check out our round up of favorite Shake Shack items and their matching calorie counts:



Shack Shack Calorie Counts