NYC Starbucks: 49th & 8th

14 Mar


They say in New York there is a Starbucks on every corner. While technically this statement is an exaggeration, it is areas like 49th street and 8th avenue that make it somewhat believable.

This Starbucks is adjoined to the Worldwide Plaza building on the corner of 49th street and 8th avenue. But it’s not alone. If you continue to walk east on 49th street you run into yet another Starbucks attached to the same building. Two Starbucks in one building — impossible? Not in New York. Needless to say the office workers in One Worldwide Plaza must be as addicted to Starbucks as I am.

Both locations have their perks, but this blog is dedicated to the corner location.

This Starbucks attracts a strong crowd. It has a street entrance and a back entrance that leads further into the plaza. Although I stop here occasionally while on the run, I’ve never taken the time to sit here — mostly because doing so always seemed impossible. Don’t misunderstand. There is a decent amount of seating — it’s just always full. Today — however — I landed a seat with minimal effort. Below are my findings.

The Good:

The Location… Bordering the Theatre District and Hell’s Kitchen.

The Set-Up… Both a front and back entrance and table sets scattered throughout.

The Bad:

The Foot Traffic… A few blocks away from Times Square and right off the C/E trains so the traffic is to be expected.

Restroom… Just one for both Men & Women.

Barista Friendliness:


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Soy Misto… Soy compliments the misto excellently.



Overall Starbucks Rating:

Stay tuned to see how its other half compares.



3 Responses to “NYC Starbucks: 49th & 8th”

  1. Katie March 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM #

    Why do you think they put so many in such a close areas.

    • Harlequin Boy March 15, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

      My guess is supply and demand. Midtown in general is always crowded. Starbucks probably looks into their busiest/most frequented stores and pops up another location nearby to maintain order.


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