After giving us three beautiful days in a row, it seems the weather gods of NYC decided to curse us with a miserable rainy day. Most people stay in on days like these — I put on my rain boots and head to Starbucks. You’re practically guaranteed a seat at any location since so few are willing to venture out into the rain.
Not wanting to venture too far — there’s only so much rain one can take — I settled on a Starbucks in Midtown. This Starbucks on 55th and 7th may be on the same block as the 54th and Broadway location, but their resemblance stops at the drinks they serve. This location is large and inviting. Its neighbor could not even squeeze in a restroom.
Pictured above is a piece of a wall mural consisting of inspiring words. Although I’ve seen some of these word murals at Starbucks locations before — and usually find mass produced wall art to be as inspiring as cob webs — I found this particular quote to be relatable. It reads:
“Does it taste like berries? Does it taste like chocolate? Does it taste like wood? Does it taste like cinnamon?” She questioned.
“It tastes like home.” He replied.
We all have scents, sounds, and tastes that bring back memories. I taste home whenever I have plain hot coffee with cream and sugar. I started drinking coffee at a very young age. It was my Grandmother that first introduced showed me the light. I remember how she would leave one cup in the carafe for me. She’d do it despite my mother’s insistence that I was too young for coffee and that it would stunt my growth.
Luckily, I survived to be a well-rounded 5’10.
The Location… A few blocks below central park, right off the B/D trains, and surrounded by hotels and cafes.
The Power Outlets… The outlets on the walls are open for business. There are even outlets built into the long sofa that lines the wall.
The Seating… They could easily fit a bit more in the location. And a large community tables would do wonders.
Restroom… Just the one.
I should take off a ‘cup’ for spelling my name “Jhon” but I’ll resist.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Tea (1/2 Passion 1/2 Green)… The perfect blend of Starbucks’ teas. The strength of their green tea combined with the subtle sweetness of the passion tea is a great combination. I recommend it unsweetened or with just a hint of splenda.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
Provided a nice escape on a rainy day.