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shake shack help

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?