I’ve talked about crowds. Specifically what is an appropriate time and effort needed to wait for a meal? Truth is I don’t really know. The only way to figure it out is when one leaves feeling satisfied or stressed from the meal.
One of my all time favorite places for a burger is J.G. Mellon (1229 Third ave.) This place never disappoints at least as far as the burgers go. Never had a bad one.
But some times there is a wait and the bar where I eat can be cramped and a little low and the chairs a little high. This makes the seating a little awkward. And it can be noisy.
But I have never left feeling anything less that satisfied.