At Shake Shack ’06, New Dog is New Trick

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We missed you too, too!

It’s a cold 43 degrees for the first day of spring, and more importantly, for the unofficial return of the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.

The countdown clock on www.shakeshacknyc.com reads a little over 20 hours till they’ll fully open for business, and while today is supposed to be only a training day for the hard-working (and ever-cheerful) staff, a small crew writing into the Foodie web log Eater has figured out that the Shack is back, and now a short line of people have arrived to stand and shiver for the sake of salty Shack Burgers and fries.

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The New Top Dog.

We, too, had to jet down to get a look. New to the menu, along with some new wines, is the Second City Bird-Wurst, which is a “smoked chicken and apple wurst in Chicago clothing, dragged through the garden with lettuce, tomato, sport peppers, green peppers, pickles, onion, neon relish, cucmber, celery salt and mustard,” priced at $4.85.

The end result is a satisfying smoked-meaty concoction with fresh green-tasting toppings, which falls somewhere between hot dog and sandwich.

The crew is still clearly working out a few kinks but no one waiting seemed to mind the delay in getting some food. A man in his early thirties blew on his hands, and stuffed ketchup in his pockets while he waited. “Today’s a good day,” he said.

More pictures after the jump.

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The line, at around 1 p.m.

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The 2006 menu.

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The Second City Bird-Wurst, close-up.

Text and photos by Sara Vilkomerson