If you had to choose between a Starbucks that offered WiFi or a Starbucks that offered a restroom, which would you choose?
What if you didn’t have a choice, and the Starbucks you were in had neither? That was my predicament at the Starbucks on 43rd and 6th. I wanted to stay — I really did — but there wasn’t anything to keep me there. I will say that in this Starbucks’ defense, it appeared the WiFi issues were only temporary, but neither my phone nor my laptop could gain access. Internet and technology fail all of us from time to time, but usually that’s when I pack up my things and head to Starbucks as Plan B.
I’m definitely noticing a pattern with the Midtown locations. They are the necessity Starbucks. They have your coffee, your tea, your breakfast sandwich or lunch pack, but when it comes to comfort or commodity — they come up lacking. Of course you can’t blame Starbucks. If only opened the nice comfortable locations, then they would be swarmed with patrons. Midtown is brimming with businesses, so the necessity Starbucks are just the supply to the neighborhood’s demand.
The Location… One block north of Bryant Park and B/D/F/M trains, with Time Square around the corner.
The Seating… Limited to a few raised bar stools and only two tables.
The Crowd… Standing room only.
The Restroom… There wasn’t one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Red Eye… Just coffee and espresso — no messing around.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
WiFi issues and no bathroom…