NYC Starbucks: 17th & Union Square West

21 Feb


The Starbucks on the north-west corner of Union Square Park further exemplifies my theory that not all Starbucks are created equal. This location is first-rate. Rivaling the SoHo location on Spring and Crosby and far outweighing its sister store just on Union Square East.

What places this Starbucks a notch above the rest?

Location is definitely a bragging right. It’s not too far from anything. Just steps from Union Square and transportation goodness, this Starbucks is also right off of 5th Avenue and a fresh patch of retail stores. Shopping doesn’t interest you? Keep walking past 5th, and before you know it you’re in Chelsea — and why wouldn’t you want to be in Chelsea? Or you can travel south and take your pick between Greenwich Village or East Village.

Other then it’s prime real-estate, this Starbucks flaunts many  noteworthy characteristics. It has a front and back entrance, keeping the line from flooding into the two — yes two — seating areas. It has copious amounts of chairs and tables that don’t really seem to fill despite the ever-flowing crowd. The bathroom is far removed from view by a tiny hall in the back. The neoclassical decor — with chain dangling lights and short leather chairs — is a design to admire. And it’s open til midnight daily.

Great for a quick cup on-the-go, but you may find yourself tempted to sit and stay awhile.

The Good:

The Decor… Burlap sack art on the wall, soft lighting, and old-school ceramic tiles in the back. Love it.

Seating… Chairs and tables of all shapes and sizes. And seating in the two different areas.

The Location… Right off Union Square Park and all the perks that come with it.

The Bad:

The Line… It’s definitely attracting a crowd, but luckily it’s far removed from the seating areas.

Barista Friendliness:

Great service!


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Vanilla Cappuccino… It was recommended by someone on this site, and I must say it didn’t disappoint. The vanilla is an excellent compliment to the brew.


Overall Starbucks Rating:

One of the best.



3 Responses to “NYC Starbucks: 17th & Union Square West”

  1. mlavens February 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM #

    This is my normal Starbucks (as you already know) and I love them. Not only have I been there enough that they know my order, but they’re usually super efficient in the morning. There was only one week that seemed way slower than normal to me. Other than that I’ve placed my order, paid, and gone out the door in less than 10mins regardless of the line’s length. Glad you enjoyed this Starbucks as much as I do!

  2. Lemon March 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM #

    A vanilla cappuccino is a thing of wonder.


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