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Shake Shack now open year-round?

xnumberoneson Oct 30, 2007 09:05 AM

I'm very excited about this news. I've always wanted go there, but I only get back home to NY during the holidays when it's closed. I'm hoping that the lines won't be quite as long in the cold weather, but New Yorkers are a hardy bunch and the tourists will be out in full force at Christmastime as well. Either way, I'm planning to make a burger run when I'm home in December! Would love to read reports about the winter version of Shake Shack. I'm assuming the shakes will be replaced with variations of coffee and hot chocolate.

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    kathryn RE: xnumberoneson Oct 30, 2007 09:17 AM

    Where did you hear this news?

    I've seen them have hot chocolate when it's colder out, but it's usually a special. Never seen them have coffee.

    They closed on December 1 in 2006. December 23 in 2005.

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    1. re: kathryn
      janellegunther RE: kathryn Nov 1, 2007 11:24 AM

      my boyfriend had lunch here monday and he asked about when they closed for the season, the employee told him they weren't closing this year. i forgot to spread the good news.

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        kathryn RE: janellegunther Nov 1, 2007 01:07 PM


        See also:

    2. CalJack RE: xnumberoneson Oct 30, 2007 09:49 AM

      Please provide a reliable source for this otherwise-outlandish promise of cold-weather burger bliss.

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      1. re: CalJack
        David W RE: CalJack Oct 30, 2007 09:52 AM


        "Beginning Monday, November 5th, Shake Shack will be open daily from 11:30 AM-6:30PM"

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          MMRuth RE: David W Oct 30, 2007 09:54 AM

          Is it possible though that that is just a change to their closing time?

          Rumor here:


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            David W RE: MMRuth Oct 30, 2007 10:03 AM

            Ah, good point. Sometimes you see what you want to see...

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          TBird RE: CalJack Oct 30, 2007 09:55 AM

          confirmed by asking last week when i was there. hummmm, maybe i should go by today, just to "confirm" again? ;-)

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            CornflakeGirl RE: TBird Oct 30, 2007 10:21 AM

            They're going to be open year round with heat lamps to fight the cold weather.

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              kathryn RE: TBird Oct 30, 2007 11:01 AM

              Yes, please! And if you can get it in writing, that would be nice, too. :)

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                TBird RE: kathryn Oct 30, 2007 11:55 AM

                tbirds the name, taking one for the team is my game! :-)

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            David W RE: xnumberoneson Nov 1, 2007 10:00 AM

            update from the V V-

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              xnumberoneson RE: David W Nov 2, 2007 09:25 AM

              The article says they will be closed for a period "around the holidays." That's when I'll be back home, so hopefully I can catch them before they shut down for Christmas and New Years.

            2. ultraclay RE: xnumberoneson Nov 2, 2007 10:54 AM

              Hopefully cold weather will cut down on the lines. I haven't had been there all year because I haven't been willing to wait an hour for a burger, no matter how heavenly it is.

              Given the line I saw on the shack cam yesterday afternoon, I'm going to give it another 20 degrees before I give it a try.

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                TBird RE: ultraclay Nov 2, 2007 11:37 AM

                i go weekly and have never waited in an hour long line. it can be done.

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                  MMRuth RE: TBird Nov 2, 2007 11:59 AM

                  We don't go weekly, but when we go at 11 or 12 on a cloudy Sat. morning - no lines.

              2. livetotravel RE: xnumberoneson Nov 2, 2007 02:27 PM

                Went today and the manager on duty confirmed all year 'round operation with closing for 3 weeks around Christmas/New Year.

                BTW - I was there at around 2:00 PM and "only" waited 37 minutes total - in-line and waiting to get buzzed - not bad by my experiences. And, the Shack burger was once again magnifique and perfectly medium rare - the fries were hot and crispy.

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                  kathryn RE: xnumberoneson Nov 27, 2007 10:10 PM

                  Year-round Shack confirmed by the NYT:


                  They will be closed Dec 22. through Jan. 2. And Shake Shack will be taking take-out orders by phone; $25 order minimum. (212) 889-6600.

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                    kathryn RE: kathryn Dec 6, 2007 11:39 AM

                    Update: takeout/phone orders are only avail. Dec. 3 - March 1. The system appears to be up and running smoothly already.

                    The new heat lamps are not there yet. They will be installed during the period they are closed and they plan to have 'em fully operational by Jan. 3.

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                      TBird RE: kathryn Dec 11, 2007 11:02 AM

                      "The new heat lamps are not there yet."

                      certainly could have used them there today at lunch. but i'm not complaining! now that's a tasty burger....

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                    kathryn RE: xnumberoneson Jan 28, 2008 10:59 AM

                    Heat lamps are go!


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                      KateMW RE: xnumberoneson Jan 29, 2008 07:03 AM

                      Ok, the menu looks great, but are these burgers THAT good? I love burgers. They are my guilty pleasure. They sound great! What about BLT Burger? Those look good and they have spiked shakes!

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                        MMRuth RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2008 07:05 AM

                        I recently had the toasted marshmallow shake at Stand, which was fantastic (not spiked, but they do have some spiked ones). Hamburgers there also very good - and better fries, I think.

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                          CornflakeGirl RE: MMRuth Jan 30, 2008 04:33 AM

                          We were just at Stand a couple of weeks ago and wanted to love it. It was good but we ended up feeling a bit let down.

                          Everything on the pickle plate had the exact same flavor. The Marshmallow shake was good but much more like a dessert than a beverage. I ordered it for myself. It was smaller than I expected and I still didn't finish it. Even with my SO pitching in to help.

                          The burgers however, had almost no flavor. Even with the onion marmalade. Big letdown! The fries and onion rings were good though.

                        2. re: KateMW
                          Lucia RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2008 09:41 AM

                          I've been to BLT Burger only once shortly after it opened. My burger was good, not great. SS is my favorite in the city--you should definitely give it a try if you haven't yet. And their concretes/other custard creations are my favorite frozen desserts in the city. I agree w/MMRuth that the shakes at Stand are also very good.

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                            jakew8 RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2008 12:49 PM

                            I've been to BLT Burger many times. I think that the lamb burger and the chili are the highlights there. The beef burgers are so-so.

                            Shake Shack, on the other hand is my favorite burger in the city. The beef blend allows the relatively thin patties to be cooked but retain their moisture and they don't "bleed out" myoglobin (or "blood" as most diners errantly call it). The shack sauce (get the Shack Burger), fixins, and buns are delicious. The weak link at Shake Shack is the fries. They're not bad, but they don't compare to the quality of the burger. Now, Shake Shack is prone to the oft-heard "overrated, especially for the wait" gripe, but that argument contains a contradiction: when it's nice out, why complain about standing in line outside in the nice park? And when it's not nice outside--i.e., when you wouldn't want to wait outside--then it's not crowded. Problem solved!

                            If you need an indoor burger option in the area, I think that Stand is a better (and less expensive) choice than BLT Burger. Get the pot of pickles to start!

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                              KateMW RE: jakew8 Jan 29, 2008 12:53 PM

                              Thanks Jake...now where is the Stand?

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                                jakew8 RE: KateMW Jan 29, 2008 01:07 PM

                                Stand is on 12th Street between 5th and University Avenues.

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                                  MMRuth RE: jakew8 Jan 29, 2008 01:15 PM

                                  Adding place:

                                  112 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                                Bob Martinez RE: jakew8 Jan 29, 2008 01:18 PM

                                "when it's nice out, why complain about standing in line outside in the nice park?"

                                The "standing in line" part is not normally considered to be a good thing. Sure, it's worse to be standing on line in rain or cold but even on a nice day standing on line for 45 minutes is not something most people like to do.

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                                  MMRuth RE: Bob Martinez Jan 29, 2008 01:21 PM

                                  I have always avoided the line by going between 11 and 12 on the weekend. Can't imagine standing in line for Shake Shack for an extended period of time, but when the line is short or non-existent, it's a fun lunch in the park. (Great sculpture these days as well.)

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