NYC Starbucks: 13th & 1st

15 Jan


Leave it to the East Village to put an unconventional spin on something as conventional as Starbucks.

The East Village is known throughout Manhattan for it’s artistic and avant-garde edge. Individualists and creative types flock to the East Village to live the bohemian lifestyle. In fact, I can practically feel the neighborhood’s disapproval as I write these categorizations into existence. The East Villagers — and by proxy the village itself — defies categorization. So don’t even try. Kay?

However — in all seriousness — the eclectic culture of the East Village is one of my favorite things about Manhattan. Even those that don’t want to fit in, in fact,  do have a  place they fit in.

So how does Starbucks — the typical corporate coffee house — blend in such an individualistic neighborhood?

As I walked in to the location on 13th and 1st, one of the first things I noticed was the lack of chairs. Instead, lining the window of their long wall is this tall-bench/short table contraption that the patrons were sitting on, legs crossed beneath them. In fact, that’s exactly what I am doing right now. And besides my paranoia that I may drop my laptop or kick over my coffee it ain’t half bad. But for those of you that like to stick to the straight and narrow — not very East Village of you, BTW — there are a couple of chairs lining the barista-bar and the the tiny window in the front.

Best served as a quick pit stop for your morning coffee, but it’ll work as a place to sit — Indian-style that is — as long as okay with your feet falling asleep.

The Good:

The Location…Very close to one of the only trains that goes to the East Village.

The Music… An eclectic choice — I promise I’m not stereotyping! — it’s true.

The Bad:

Seating… Very limited.

Restroom… Just one for both Men & Women (typical NYC Starbucks).

Barista Friendliness:

Friendly — and obviously worked well as a team.


Drink of Choice: 

Grande hot coffee.


Overall Starbucks Rating:

Come — and do something artistic while you’re at it. Kay?



One Response to “NYC Starbucks: 13th & 1st”

  1. jonathanochart January 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM #

    I’m fatally attracted to the East Side…I go whenever I visit NY. I remember stopping in that Starbucks in September and seeing the interesting seating (and yes, the one bathroom stall!). Hopefully I’ll be able to live there someday! Thanks for sharing (:

    – Jonathan I

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