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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Waiting for Dogs in Madison Square Park

Line at the Shake Shack
Photo by myself on a warmer day, near the Shake Shack at Madison Square Park.

There is almost always a tremendous line in front of this Danny Meyer kiosk. You can get delicious shakes, burgers and Chicago-style hot dogs at reasonable prices.


Living in a city means competing with many people for certain things. By typical New Yorker standards, however, only some things are worth standing in line for. Some things aren't.

Chicago hotdogs at the Shake Shack are worth standing in line for.

Chicago hotdogs at the Shake Shack when you're starving, aren't.

Just about anything free is worth standing in line for.

Bars with cover charges aren't.

(For those who don't know, a Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, boiled, or broiled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun, which originated in the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.

It seems more like a salad in a bun and is utterly delicious.)

Related posts: Dog Days of Summer, Out Getting Some Air and More is More.


Anonymous said...

Big city life. My fave' saying is "well, you don't have to be alone". Like you imply, the skill is in knowing when it is worth the wait.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to try one of those hotdogs!

Fredrik said...

I agree. Some things you can die for. Or at least stand in line for. In Malmoe, the big city over here, there's a very popular place that sells Italian icecream. Really expensive, but so popular. Worth waiting and paying for.

Catz said...

Okay.... that description of a hotdog is not fair. I crave good dogs all the time and try desperately not to give in to eating them because they are so bad for you. However, now I may be forced to fly to NY one day to satisfy my craving for a great dog!! :)

Kengot said...

I don't know there are long standing lines in New York.
In Japan, people are often on that lines in front of Ramian(Ramen), the chinese based noodle, shops.

Anonymous said...

That is a mouth-watering combination of flavors! I haven't been to the Shake Shack yet, but I figure it'll be on the itinerary for my spring/summer visit to the city.

Kris McCracken said...

People eat dogs in America?