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Shake Shack UWS Best/Worst times to eat there.

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After reading a lot about the Shake Shack I have finally decided to give it a try.

Since it's barely above freezing I thought I would try the UWS location rather than Madison Square Park. And, since I'm traveling from Brooklyn, I want to make sure I get there at the right time.

So what are the best days/times to eat at Shake Shack on the UWS? And which are the worst?

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  1. I'd do early lunch (11am) or late dinner (like 9pm)

    1. Lunch is the worst time, so anytime before 12 and anytime after 2PM, it's totally not a problem. That said, even during lunch the waits are nothing like Madison Park.

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      1. re: Mandymac

        Other than lunch on Saturday or Sunday or when a busload of kids going to the museum of natural history just got dropped off - expect to wait as long and perhaps slightly longer than you would at a busy Mcdonalds given equivalent times....the fact of the matter is most of the time the UWS Shack Shack isn't that busy. In addition, it seems like the UWS location has lots more staff and bigger grills which makes for more efficient service.

        1. re: Cpalms

          Agreed, I live close by. It's pretty quiet between 4:30 - 6:00pm. I never consider going there on the weekends or when school is out.

          1. re: dorian

            Thank you, all.

      2. I was just there at about 11:30 today and there was not a single person on line.

        I agree with others that pre-noon and even after, say, 2:30 is okay for lunch time. I'm less sure of when dinner gets less crowded. Though I can say that in the evenings the custard line always moves quickly.

        Also agree with cpalms to watch out for the groups coming from the museum. Also the weekends are worse than weekdays. Don't know when you are planning to go. Good luck.

        1. I've only been once - at 2:30, there was no line, but around 3, hordes of kids came in after school.