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Jan 20, 2010 05:53 AM

UES finally getting a SHAKE SHACK

Big article in the NY Times Business section today.

I am thrilled that something like Shake Shack will be filling
that spooky, vast empty space on 86th Street.
A space that has been void of retail for years and years.

Great for the neighborhood.

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    1. Do a search - there have been discussions about this here on CH already I think.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        yea-this was in the times a few months ago..regardless, great news.

        1. re: smokeandapancake

          Is there an estimated date for opening yet?

      2. oh we can get crappy fast food burgers that are trendy without having to travel.

        at least it should makes the lines at paty's across the street shorter

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        1. re: thew

          You know I don't think it's worthy of a wait on a line, but it's a decent burger. I don't understand all the hoopla about the burger, but "crappy fast food" it isn't.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            let me clarify - for a fast food burger it is probably not bad at all. but compared to burgers you can get in almost any diner in the city - it's crap. to me. line or no line i would rather go to the viand or gracies corner if i wanted a burger on 86th st. or if i wanted a slightly nicer pub feel up to genesis on 88 and 2nd

              1. re: thew

                Those are different styles of burgers than Shake Shack's burgers.
                They also serve beer and wine and other good things. It's really not the same, it's apples vs oranges. I don't love the fries but lots of people do. Shake Shack serves good food - not great, not worth a wait in a line, but good. And I look forward to having it in the 'hood. It's not the same as sitting in a diner in any way.

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  Im just saying, i prefer a JG melon burger over Shake shack. that's all.

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      yes - they are different styles. and the fast food style, shake shake and in and out, apparently the pinnacles of that style, fail to impress me or please me in any way. thus, for me, shake shack is a crappy fast food burger that i cannot imagine choosing over a coffeeshop or diner (which are places i would never order a wine or a beer BTW) or a good pub burger.

                      and no intellectualization or categorization is going to change that, for me

                      1. re: thew

                        I hear you, you don't like that style of burger. But that doesn't make it crappy - it just means you don't like that style. I do like that style, and there are plenty of crappy versions, but the Shake Shack isn't one of those. I'm not so sure actually what "crappy" means. Is a Big Mac "crappy?" Because i think they taste great and I occasionally crave one. So maybe a Big Mac is crappy because of the crappy quality of ingredients? Shake Shack doesn't use crappy quality ingredients so not sure what makes it "crappy." If it's not to your liking, that's a different issue.

                        1. re: gutsofsteel

                          in my universe, my not liking something does indeed make it crappy. as in, it tastes like crap to me

                          1. re: thew

                            Well, I don't like a lot of offal, but that doesn't mean it's crappy, just because I don't like it.

                            1. re: MMRuth

                              no, it would mean it was crappy if I didn't like it....


            1. re: thew

              What is paty's? And, have you had a chance to try the Ottomanelli burger?

              1. re: MMRuth

                Paty's is the taco truck on 86th St I think.

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  Ah ok - just didn't know it's name - have had a couple of good tacos from it.

                2. re: MMRuth

                  Ottomanelli's burger is very good and not talked about a lot. I never really understood the love for Shake Shack but to each their own. I prefer a larger meaty burger to a fast food style.

                    1. re: thew

                      Bingo indeed, but that doesn't make the Shake Shack burger "crappy."

                    2. re: MVNYC

                      I like both of them very much - just two different kinds of burgers.

                3. I'm also very excited about Shake Shack coming to 86th Street. I hope the restaurant is ready by spring. Their burgers remind me of In-n-Out. Also, the size is perfect. The patty isn't overwhelming. Also, we can't forget their fries, shakes and custards! This will be great for a neighborhood full of over-priced diners. It's hard to find anything tasty that is decently priced in the UES wasteland.

                  1. I'm very happy to have Shake Shack in the neighborhood. Although I love EMP, Ko and Per Se, it's great to have "fun" food nearby. Since my apartment is only 5 minutes away, I can get my "shroom burger" back home, and it'll still be warm. Personally, I don't think anything Danny Meyer does is "crappy". I've been to most of his restaurants, and have always been impressed with the high quality of the food (including Shake Shack).

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                    1. re: ellenost

                      I'm 5 blocks from SS's UWS location. After trying many burger spots throughout Manhattan, these burgers are one of my favorites. No, I wouldn't wait 2 hours in line for them, but I have no complaints. Initially, when they first opened, it seemed like they were somehow creating long lines. We addressed it and the problem was immediately fixed. Now, it's still crowded but the lines are reasonable b/c they aren't stalling. Seat turnaround is not bad either. Afterall, the seats are so uncomfortable that, once you're done, you just wanna go which is fine. This, of course, negates the pro-communal atmosphere Danny Myers claims to have created but I don't really care. Burger is good, service is good and there's a place to sit if you wait 5-10 min.