Does Lincoln Center Need a Shake Shack?

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 07:00 PM

When the Ollie's Noodle Shop closed earlier this year after a quick-moving fire, Lincoln Center concert-goers lost one of the more affordable dining options in the vicinity of the arts complex.

Now, restauranteur Danny Meyer is eyeing the shuttered space at 1991 Broadway for a potential branch of his Shake Shack burger chain, according to several reports. The 7,500-square-foot storefront is one block north of Alice Tully Hall and around the corner from Merkin Concert Hall on W. 67th Street, giving it a prime pre-theater dining location.

"We look for compelling sites in great neighborhoods," a Shake Shack representative told Gothamist. "We have decided not to comment on any of these rumors, unless we have something concrete to share."

The New York Post reports that Microsoft, Nike, Anthropologie and Patagonia are also considering the space.

Still, with few affordable dining options in the Lincoln Center area, a Shake Shack may be welcomed by some concertgoers.

What dining options do you think are most needed near Lincoln Center? Leave your comments below.


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Comments [8]

Yes, this or some such reasonable and diverse and efficient food service would be great TO SERVE THE PEOPLE. Sandwiches at The Met and other houses are about $12 to $15, a bottle of water is like $4--outrageous. The restaurant LINCOLN is a complete bust, way over priced, pompous and one of New York's typical real estate deals. Instead of even being open for after theater dining --it is closed! How stupid is that? That this was not even a requirement of a restaurant serving a performing arts center! But the people running Lincoln Center, listening Mr. Levy? Are turning the place into a cheap looking circus and not providing good, tasteful and reasonable service. The Met facade looks like a billboard under Gelb's advertising mania, instead of an elegant building. Take a trip to the Kennedy Center where there are three restaurants of different levels serving the performance attendees.

Mar. 30 2013 02:57 PM
Eric from Long Island

Necessary? No. Helpful? Yes! Would be nice to have this kind of eatery in the neighborhood, especially come summertime

Jan. 24 2013 11:02 AM
Fred from Upper West Side

That space where Ollie's was has a public atrium that has become drab and run-down. But public spaces, especially ones indoor when it is very cold or hot outside, are very precious. Shake Shack or any other potential occupant should be asked, as part of having such a prime location, to upgrade and keep fresh and clean that public atrium. I suspect it would be come the catch-all for lines and crowds of people waiting for their Shack Burgers. Let us make it a condition that whoever occupies the large restaurant behind preserve the public atrium for the public, even those who are not customers of the restaurant.

Jan. 23 2013 06:17 PM
Beachsiggy from NJ/NY Metro

A taqueria (and other portable options, with picnic tables) on the plaza like we have in LA would be nice.

Jan. 23 2013 01:53 PM

I can't quite see the majority of the pre NY Phil, or Opera crowd going to Shake Shack. But it would be a nice cheap and quick (or slow because of the massive crowds?) option around the area.

Jan. 22 2013 09:23 PM
Arturo from Buenos aires, Argntina

No, I do not th ink it is necessary

Jan. 22 2013 09:18 PM
David from Flushing

After the previous discussion of noises during the opera, perhaps the city should consider zoning restrictions around Lincoln Center as to the type of food that can be offered.

Jan. 22 2013 05:49 PM
Anne F

YES!! This would be so welcome. As a professor @ Fordham, Lincoln Center, I find it hard to find affordable yummy options in the neighborhood, so this would be most welcome....and think of all the young people in the neighborhood (John Jay, Fordham, Julliard)

Jan. 22 2013 02:32 PM

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