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can't wait. eight days and counting.

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  1. when does everyone think the best time of day/week to go is?

    1. first sunny day. shoot for 2, maybe 3 p.m.
      scratch a doggy. spring is here!

      1. later is better. If you go early, even right before they open, you end up standing in line for EVER. It's worth it though. Are they open for dinner?

        1. When is the least busy of all hours? If it means more than 15-20 minute wait I dont think I'll check it out. Instead i'll just head over to burger joint at le parker meriden.

          1. i've never had a wait when i either go around 3 or so or after the dinner rush, 8 or later.

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            1. re: jon

              3 is a great time to go. I'm sure the first few nice days will be packed all day long so I would wait a few weeks till it gets back to normal (which is still crazy).

              1. re: jon

                They're only going to be open until 7pm for now...

                1. re: selizara

                  Darn ... where did you hear that? For some irrational reason, I was hoping they were going to jump right into 11 to 11. On a weeknight, I can't get there any earlier than 7:30 at the absolute earliest ...

                    1. re: selizara

                      They always start out with limited hours. It's the same at the end of the season. They start closing earlier as it gets colder.

              2. It shocks me to see people standing on such long lines for the shake shack. Are you guys getting shakes or regular food. I have had the food and its good but not worth a 30 min wait in line. Please explain.

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                1. re: princeofpork

                  30 Mins? That's not bad at all, i think i had to wait a full hour and half during their prime time last year. Go with a few friends and brown bag a bottle of wine and the time just flies by.

                  Please note i'm not condoning illegally drinking in the park, i'm just saying...hypothetically.

                  1. Noon on the 21st - I simply can not wait. I will be in line at 11:30 AM. I agree though that at around 3:00 PM is best.

                    I am among those who believe any amount of wait is worth it to have those burgers - SS was recently named best burger at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.

                    1. In my opinion, I think they intentionally use the big crowd of people waiting in lines as a live advertisement. Of course the burgers there are great, but if we left only 1~2 cash registers at any Burger King we'd immediately see another SS phenomenon.

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                      1. re: via jon

                        Yeah, but what about the wait for the food after you order? Any number of additional cash registers won't solve a small grill and a small location. it is afterall little more than a concrete shack in a park.

                      2. I find that if you get there at 11:45, it is a tolerable wait. If you get there at noon or later, forget it. This applies to sunny weather only.

                        1. I was on a job once and we got catered from either "shake shack" or "SUGAR shack". I could never remember the name. All I know, is the food was OUTSTANDING. I never hear of "Sugar shack" but, I hear of this "Shake shack" constantly....if it's the same, I see the big deal...the food is worth sawing my arm off over. However, we had like... more than burgers and shakes. In fact...there were no burgers. And no shakes. Is it possible it was sugar shack?

                          1. No burgers or shakes? Then, definitely not the Shake Shack. Plus, they don't cater.

                            It most probably was Sugar Shack, which was located in Harlem and served soul food. I use the past tense because it recently closed.

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                            1. re: RGR

                              Actually Danny Meyer does have a catering service and it is soo good, they serve a very good mix of apps (from quail egg brioche to mini shake shack burgers) and the dinner they put on is very good as well, I would highly recommend it, I believe it is called Union Square Hospitality Group.

                              1. re: CTCajun

                                I think USHG's catering service is a recent addition, started, I believe within the past year? In fact, when Kerry Heffernan departed Eleven Madison at the end of '05, he was supposed to become head of the catering kitchen. However, somewhere along the way, that changed. Don't know where he is now.

                            2. I used to work across the street in the Credit Suisse building and would watch the live camera of the line and run out of my office when I saw that there was no wait.

                              1. Yes, Hudson Yards is the name of the catering operation.

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                                1. re: DutchOenophile

                                  Hi - Do people know if it opened yet? I've never been here, but I feel it's time to check it out, but it will require a train ride for me so I want to make sure they're open...
                                  The website says they're closed for the season...

                                  1. re: asli

                                    Read this before you get all excited about that over-hyped burger spot:
                                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386186