NYC Starbucks: 81st & Broadway

11 Apr


Before going into details on the Starbucks on 81st & Broadway, it’s worth mentioning that my last post, 47th & 8th, was my 50th Starbucks visited for the blog. Meaning, I’m nearly a quarter of the way done! And yes, in case you were wondering, I now think in shades of forest green and sweat coffee when I perspire.

Speaking of sweating — I ventured up to the Upper West Side this afternoon to attend a 90-minute hot yoga class. So if I don’t post for the rest of the week, it’s because  I melted. But before I get in touch with my inner yogi, I figured a trip to Starbucks would but me in the right zen-mentality.

Unfortunately this Starbucks is both crowded and dirty. I literally just watched as the girl studying next to me had to unstick her binder from the debris covered table. Gross! Now, I’m aware this is New York, and often times it’s the repugnant smells that let us know we’re still breathing, but I still like my Starbucks to be somewhat well kept.

Other than the cleanliness issue, the Starbucks shapes up fine. It’s in a good area that features a lot of shopping and dining options, and the baristas were really friendly. It can also seat a good amount of people with small tables, a long group table, and window seating as well.

The Good:

The Location… Just north of the 1-Train and a quick jaunt to Central Park

Size… Large enough to fit 20+ seats.

The Bad:

Layout… It’s not a small Starbucks, but the L-Shaped barista bar seems to take up most of the space.

Cleanliness… There seemed to be trash and debris everywhere.

Restroom… Uno

Barista Friendliness:

Extra friendly.


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Iced Coffee


Overall Starbucks Rating:

A slight letdown for my Upper West Side expectations.



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