NYC Starbucks: 57th & 8th SWC

10 May


The Starbucks on 57th & 8th is the emptiest location I’ve seen since beginning this blog. Yes it’s 9pm on a Friday night, but still… there are plenty of Starbucks here in Manhattan that have long lines at this very moment.

This Starbucks’ eerie emptiness is probably due to its vague placement on the NYC grid. It’s right near Columbus Circle but just south of it. It’s a few blocks from the Theatre District but several other Starbucks are much more convenient for the Broadway-goers. And it’s pushed a little too far north to attract any of the crowds from Hell’s Kitchen.

This is all bad for business — but for patrons that need a place to sit and study/read/write/etc, this Starbucks is prime caffeinated real-estate. If only it had a few more power outlets…

The Good:

The Location… Pushed northwest of the Theatre District and just south of Columbus Circle. Right off the A/C, B/D, and 1/2/3 trains.

The Crowd… Barely anyone here. I know it’s a Friday night, but still… I’ve never seen one so empty.

The Bad:

The Power Outlets… I found just one.

The Hours… Closes earlier than most. It actually closes earlier on weekends than midweek.

Restroom… Just the one and it was out of order.

Barista Friendliness:

Although they barely had any customers, they didn’t seem that eager to serve the few that came in.


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Iced Americano… Espresso, water, and ice. It’s all you need.


Overall Starbucks Rating:

A ghost town Starbucks on this Friday night.



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