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Shake Shack, I Trulli, Falafel guy on Water St., Ruebens Empanadas - very brief reviews

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Shake Shack, I Trulli, Falafel guy on Water St., Ruebens Empanadas - very brief reviews

dkstar1 | May 19, 2006 11:40 AM

Shake Shack
Went last week for the first time this season. The wait was about 25 minutes to order, 6 minutes to pick it up. Not bad at all (this was at around 6pm too on a really pleasant evening).

I ordered a Double shack burger, fries, and a concrete jungle (the last two my wife and I shared...she got a regular shack burger).

The burger was as good as I remember it. Juicy, well-cooked, flavorful and just sinfully yum. The fries, as usual, were just okay. The suit the situation but are far from what I'd call great. The concrete jungle was delicious with an abundance of peanut butter stuff but lacking in banana. I'd prefer more banana.

I Trulli
Went last night for a quick bite to eat. I had the Maccheroncini (thin, tube shaped pasta with red onions and house cured guanciale and tomatos) ($16). This was pretty good. Al dente like you get at Lupa...which some people might not like...but I thought was very good. It could have used some chili flake I think...and always could use more guanciale. A little stingy in that department. Had two glasses of wine, the first was a Valpolicella Superiore 2002, Capitel S. Eugenio/Veneto ($9). This was very good with the dish but not that good on its own.

The second glass was of their wine of the week, Pian del Car(something) Tenuta del Portale (Basilicata) ($13). This was a nice wine. Drinkable on its own but the first few tastes gave a chalky taste on the teeth. Not bad though...would be better priced at $12/glass.

Falafel Guy
First I should add that I revisited Alfanoose a week ago as well. Their falafels are still excellent as are the chicken shwarma. Yum.

For $2.50 - the falafel sandwich you get at Water Street won't fill you up, but it is very good. Not worth waiting on line for by itself...today I might just brave the rain and ask for a dollars worth of extra falafel in the sandwich. A great value.

Rueben's Empanadas
I saw a $1 coupon for it underneath a story I got published about Mister Softee in amNew York and figured I'd give it a shot. I ordered a spicy chicken empanada and an Argentinian Sausage empanada. Neither were great. The spicy chicken wasn't that spicy...but the hot sauce they give you (similar to Chohula) was a nice and necessary add-on. The argentian sausage was bland -- boring and forgetable unfortunately. New location on Pearl Street is a goldmine but the product is just average. I'll take a few samosas from Curry in a Hurry over this anyday.

Link: http://www.bigapplediningguide.com

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