I’m back in SoHo. I came for a new pair of sunglasses and ended up with a new shirt and an iced coffee.
By my count there are at least three Starbucks in this small neighborhood. Which makes sense, since this is a shop-til-you-drop kinda neighborhood and caffeine is essential to bargain shopping. I have a love hate relationship with SoHo. I love the boutiques and the flagship stores, but tend to hate the prices and slow paced tourists that clog the street. In Orlando I used to find myself frustrated by the Sunday drivers. Well, in New York we have Sunday strollers — just as aggravating and sometimes more difficult to get around.
This Starbucks on Grand & Broadway is in the thick of SoHo traffic, and it definitely shows the moment you walk in. Just like you must wait in long lines at the fitting room or the check out counter at the Top Shop across the street, you are forced to do the same here. When I entered both the barista and bathroom line wear 10-15 people deep. Soon after I jumped in line for my iced coffee, the barista bar backed up to the entrance.
Luckily, this Starbucks isn’t a total loss. There’s some cute photography and artwork on the walls, as well as a good amount of seating lining the wall opposite the bathroom. Although it was crowded as can be, most people were waiting in one of the two enormous lines so some empty chairs were scattered about the place.
As with SoHo itself, I’d only advise coming to this Starbucks on a weekday morning or afternoon.
The Location… In SoHo, not far from N/R trains.
The Size… Large enough to house two giant lines of tired-eyed shoppers.
The Lines… So far the longest I’ve seen in the city.
Restroom… Just one, and it obviously is used by more than just patrons.
Service on par.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
Lines so long you’d think you were at Disney Land.