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Oct 19, 2008 11:31 AM

Had my first UWS Shack Burger!

After feeling pretty miserable with whats going on in the real world, I'm feeling very lucky that Danny Meyer opened a Shake Shack 8 blocks from my apartment...Thank You Danny!!

My shackburger was deliciously identical the MSP original, pretty much everything was. From an operational standpoint the place seems well thought out; It seemed like there was an army of employees and they seemd to know what they were doing, no chaos. The line was really short compared to the original, at the moment. Get there soon before the line gets crazy!!

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    1. re: Virchis

      77th and Columbus, across from the Museum of Natural History.

    2. Stopped in today as well, also found a short line and a relatively short wait for the food. I'd agree that the shackburger was the same, maybe a tiny bit less sauce-y and greasy (both pluses in my book). Fries were very crispy and hot and maybe even better than they are downtown. Also, as a bonus, I think we saw Danny Meyer himself checking out the place, talking to the manager, greeting customers, etc.

      There's less seating than I thought there would be based on my memory of the space -- seating upstairs is only in the glassed in space in the front, with the rest of the inside given over to the kitchen and the line. Downstairs has more tables....

      1. it's a great location for them and will surely do well...i just wish they'd offer a turkey burger...

        1. I had one this week as well. Got there at 11:50 and there was a very short line, but by noon it was already at the door (~20 people). I have never had a Shake Shack burger, as I am allergic to standing in long lines (same reason I've never had Tomoe sushi, Artichoke pizza etc.), but this seemed easy enough and well worth it. Had a Shack Burger and it was very tasty. There was a nice beefy flavor to the patty that still came through the 'secret sauce', and the fries were outstanding, delicately crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. But the real revelation was... the bun! I'm not trying to be contrivedly idiosyncratic here, but I have never tasted a hamburger bun quite like that, toothsome and tender without being doughy, with the right amount of give, and not totally soggy from the burger (which has more to do with how the burger was cooked). I wonder if anyone knows where they get them.

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          1. re: snaporaz

            You are not missing anything w/ Tomoe Sushi, IMO ...

            1. re: snaporaz

              They are Martin's potato rolls, brushed with butter, and toasted. Delicious!

              1. re: kathryn

                Thanks for the info kathryn!
                And MMRuth, I have always suspected that I'm not missing much - also based on what I've read on CH - but I'm always amazed at how many people profess their undying loyalty to Tomoe.

            2. It's been a few weeks now...any recent intel on the lines at the UWS location?

              Thinking about swinging by.


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              1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                I went on Sat Nov 1st for the first time. We were in line at about 2pm and finally got to order about 40 mins later. The best part about the UWS location seems to be that since the kitchen is much bigger than the original it was less than 10 mins wait to actually get the food.

                1. re: pellegrino31

                  The line kinda psychs you out at the new location. It goes out the door and wraps around the corner. But from where Dovetail's entrances are to the register was only about 30 minutes for me. Once I got inside, it was a lot easier, psychologically, since a) I was inside and b) I could see that there were only about a dozen people in front of me.

                2. re: TipsyMcStagger

                  I walk past it everyday to and from the B train, the lines are pretty quiet on weekdays around 4:30 - 5:30pm. I was there at around 5 today and waited no more than 15 minutes.