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i'm going to dinner at the shack tonight and because the tempuratures keep dropping i'm a little worried about getting cold. i'm still going to brave it, because i really love those burgers, but does anyone know of a public atrium or space where i can eat my burger indoors without being hassled? i'm ideally thinking of the deutsch bank atrium, but nearer to madison square park. and it doesn't have to have the mirrored tiles either.

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  1. They have installed heat lamps in the seating area though I haven't a clue as to how well they work.

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    1. re: RGR

      Not very well, in temperatures like this.

      It won't keep you warm, per se, it'll just keep you...less cold than without the heat lamp.

    2. what about the indoor area where Bed Bath & Beyond / Filene's Basement are on 6th Ave.
      Take the escalators up to TJ Maxx level, you can sit at the windows...and they are open I believe until 9 or 10 pm

      1. didn't they install those public pay bathrooms in madison sq park? you could always hang out in one of those!

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        1. re: Renguin

          Yes, but it costs a quarter, and I wouldn't want to eat in the bathroom! Who knows, it might be just as cold. Plus, it kicks you out after 15 minutes.

          1. re: kathryn

            And pours water on you at that point.

        2. Isn't there a Wendys across the street?

          1. I'd be curious to hear what you ended up doing. A couple of years ago my friend and I braved a 2 hour wait on the closing day of the Shack. We brought our goods to the local Starbucks and no one said anything.

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            1. re: brooklynbrownie

              Starbucks is a good idea--there's one on 23rd Street and Park South. You can just order a cup of coffee (or buy a bottle of water, etc.) if you want to be "legit" about it.

              1. re: jakew8

                Sit in the chairs at the front of the NY sports club on 23rd and park. Let the people on the treadmill drool at you while they are running.

                1. re: ESNY

                  Just sit under the heat lamps and enjoy your meal. By the time you get to any of the recommended spots your food will be cold.

                  1. re: Lisamaria

                    Yup, best idea yet, even though I am kind of shocked by how ineffective the heat lamps are. Must be solar powered or something of that nature. Maybe it's better when you sit directly underneath one.

                    There really isn't a public atrium in the area. The Met Life building would be the closest, but there isn't a public seating area there. Maybe the ATM's at one of the billion or so banks in the area would work?

            2. Just bring a scarf, hat and warm coat and you will be fine. The salty meaty burgers will warm you right up.

              1. When we were visiting, we just grabbed our Shack Stacks and nipped into Eleven Madison Park to grab a table. Got some funny looks, but when the Maitre D' asked what we thought we were doing, I just told us them that my Uncle Danny sent us and that was that.

                *cough*

                1. Oh my gosh...I dropped by Shake Shack one night in the rain around the time they were taking last orders. I was totally desperate to find a place to eat...I had to be on Houston St a little later, I went down to the N/R subway station and let 3 trains go by while I ate my burger and cheese fries on a bench on the downtown platform.

                  For future reference, there's a bar on 20th between Broadway and Park called No Idea. There's usually a crush of people in the front, but in the back they have a large seating area where you can usually grab a table. People bring in outside food all the time, they don't mind at all. It's not the nicest of places, bare bones bar, but it's an option in the area.

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                  1. re: ballulah

                    Ballulah, Shake Shack eats and free drinks. What could be better? Unfortunately, No Idea bar reminds me a lot of the bars I frequented during my Spring Breaks in college. Not sure why, maybe just the clientele I guess.

                    Look --> http://www.noideabar.com/namenight.html

                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                      Hahahaha. You are very right about the bar, Cheese Boy, it's got a collegiate and post-collegiate happy hour atmosphere. BUT if you need a place to hunker down and devour a burger, it's not the worst option right around there! Hahaha. The better bars in the area all serve food, so I'm sure they'd object to BYOF. If Silver Swan across the street from No Idea didn't have a full menu, I'd totally suggest it as the better option.

                  2. fyi, we ending up just braving the cold. it actually (i feel like i can say this now that we've hit spring) ending up being the actual coldest day of the winter. it was pretty funny- we were the only ones there and ending up spending a good deal of time standing on the chairs and holding our hands up to the heating lamp. granted, my toes almost froze off, but it was a damn good burger. and one of my braver friends even got a concrete. i think she should get an award or something.