Is Shake Shack Finally in Reach for Midtown Lunch’ers?
One question has always plagued me (and no doubt many other hamburger lovers who work in Midtown): Can you make it down to Shake Shack and back in 60 minutes from Midtown during lunch. The short answer is no. The longer answer is no… definitely no. Sure there are going to be those few miraculous exceptions, but for the most part- if you want to eat at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park during a time that would acceptable for lunch’ing, the wait on line is too long to make it down there and back to your desk in Midtown proper.
But what about the new Shake Shack? That’s right… the Shack has expanded, opening their long awaited Upper West Side branch this past weekend on Columbus Ave. btw. 77+78th Street… a five minute walk from the 79th Street 1 station, and the 81st B/C station. My hunch is, with fewer large office buildings on the UWS, and the Shake Shack’s new technology (which will surely decrease wait times for your food) this could be do-able for the Midtown Lunch’ers whose offices are close to the 1, B or C lines.
Hop stop says the B train from Rock Center to 81st Street takes 8 minutes. With a 5 minute walk to and from the subway, and not having to wait for the subway, you’d have about 30 minutes in Shake Shack to order and get your food (and maybe even eat.) Wild cards… the number of strollers you will have to navigate through on a weekday, and of course, the fact that it is behind the Museum of Natural History. I might have to test this out tomorrow…