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Shameful questions about two, um, less-than-five-star eating establishments

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Shameful questions about two, um, less-than-five-star eating establishments

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Frisbie | | Sep 9, 2009 10:22 AM

Hi, all. The people that post here are much too sophisticated for these two topics, but curiosity has gotten the better of me and I can't resist asking:

1. First, has anyone been to that odd, presumably touristy restaurant Mars 2037 (or whatever the year is) near Times Square? Has anyone paid the $2 just to ride the elevator, which I assume has some rocket-ship appeal to it? Would Manhattan residents be caught dead there??

2. Second, can someone explain the appeal of the Shake Shack near the Flatiron Building? My wife and I went for the first time last week to see what all the fuss is about. We arrived early and were merely 20th or so in line, but still waited close to 45 minutes. It seemed pretty clear that by midday, people in line would have to wait a couple hours or more. Yes, I get it, the burgers, shakes, and other food are good. But TWO HOURS on a beautiful day in an amazing city with a million places to eat?? I must be missing something.

Thanks much.

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