I went over to the new Times Square Shake Shack around 9 p.m. one day this week to check out the scene. A coworker innocently hoped there would be no line while I was sure the line would be out the door. It was a 30-minute wait and there is no B line for easy access to custard here. We left that for another day. (Update: Midtown Lunch has constructed a wait time guide.)
A midday trip to the new Trader Joe's was gloriously easy — high ceilings, wide aisles, stocked cases and most importantly, no line! The friendly woman at the register confirmed how excited people seemed to be, peeking in the windows before it opened and clapping as they walked in (was she joking?) as though they were not grocery store employees but celebrities.