Oh no, it’s SoHo!
For those less familiar with the neighborhoods of Manhattan, SoHo is the neighborhood of expensive boutiques, expensive lofts, and expensive retailers in general. A good friend once referred to NYC as “a black hole of expenses,” and if that is true, SoHo is the deep-dark center. The name SoHo is actually an acronym, meaning SOuth of HOuston street. And now that you know that, PLEASE do not let any self-respecting Manhattanite hear you pronounce Houston wrong. They’ll either read you to filth, or turn up their nose. It’s Houston like “house-ten”. We’re a long way from Texas, ya’ll.
Anyway, onto the Starbucks on the corner of Spring and Crosby.
I must admit, that when I selected this to be the 3rd location I would visit, I expected to find a small corner-cafe, a large crowd of constantly shuffling tourists loaded up with shopping bags, and exhausted looking baristas. And this Starbucks has totally proved me wrong. Not only is this one of the biggest locations I’ve yet to see in the city, it is also the most inviting.
Yes, it gets hit with a hefty crowd of tourists and shoppers alike, but this location brews them up and spits them out, leaving plenty of room for singles or groups to come enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the most picturesque parts of the city. The location itself begs you to look around and gaze. Besides the usual Starbucks advertisements, art hangs on the walls from artist Peter Tunney (captured above), as well as black-and-white images of the coffee-roasting process. Comfy chairs and cushioned benches are everywhere to be seen, and a long-wooden table to seat ~14 stands in the back.
And did I mention power outlets are everywhere? Not just on the walls, but on the floor as well. So go on, charge that phone! Bring that laptop! This Starbucks has got a seat for you.
The Decor… This Starbucks paints a picture of good coffee, and I want a sip.
Seating… Cushions, cushions everywhere.
The Restrooms… There are two! Rare for NYC.
The Temperature… I’m knit-picking here, but as with most Starbucks, it runs a little cold. Bring a sweater (or buy one in SoHo!).
Nothing to complain about. She even asked for my name when there was no line.
Drink of Choice:
Iced-Grande Red-eye. For those who think Starbucks coffee is too strong, DONT drink this! However, those that can handle the heat and want a little more boldness in their brew should definitely try this one.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
It really doesn’t get much better.