NYC Starbucks: 33rd & 5th

2 May


Everyone’s heard of Chinatown, but what about Koreatown?

Koreatown is a small Manhattan neighborhood in Midtown. It is just south of the giant Macy’s at Herald Square. This ethnic enclave is only three streets long, but it is simply brimming with culture. Last year I was led to this neighborhood blindly and told to expect one of the best meals of my life. That’s when I was introduced to Korean BBQ and was certainly not disappointed. Traditional Korean BBQ involves a charcoal grill built into your table as fresh meats and veggies are prepared for you table-side. Hibachi is child’s play compared to Korean BBQ. I highly recommend trying it.

But anyway, this blog is about Starbucks, right?

The Koreatown location at 33rd and 5th is a sizable location with just enough seating to quell the masses that pass through its doors. The decor is fairly simplistic and the furnishings are basic, but seating accommodations alone make this an above average location. I’d say come with a friend, a few friends, or just solo. You’ll be able to find a seat within minutes of entering.

The Good:

The Location… In Koreatown near N/Q/R, B/D/F/M trains and Herald Square.

The Size… It owns the entire corner and is filled with seating.

The Seating… Nothing comfy, but tables and chairs are everywhere.

The Hours… Open until 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

The Bad:

The Tourist Factor… Yeah, it’s crowded, but luckily it’s large enough to handle it.

The Restroom… There are two but the line here is longer than most.

Barista Friendliness:

On par service.


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Iced Coffee


Overall Starbucks Rating:

A large location in a great neighborhood.



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