Finding a large Starbucks, equipped with plenty of seating and space to spread out, in Manhattan is rare. But finding one in Midtown, Manhattan can seem like playing the lottery and winning the jackpot. Anyone else go in for the 600 mill last week? This guy did! I bought my first lottery ticket ever, and no numbers matched in any of the positions. It was like I drew the inverse of the winning ticket, and it made it seem like I should owe money instead of win any.
This Starbucks on 51st & Broadway is unique not only in its large size, but it also has a faded red awning that surrounds the building instead of the typical green or black ones. Inside, there are two seating areas, two bathrooms, and a barista bar equipped with the Clover — for those of you who like their coffee freshly pressed. While it is not in the heart of Times Square, it is only four blocks north and is still surrounded by theaters and congesting groups of tourists. Lots of hotels also exist in this area just north of the Square.
This location may not be the best in the city. But when it comes to the Theatre District, it’s certainly the best I’ve seen so far.
The Size… A very large location in Midtown. A rare find.
Seating… Two seating areas — nothing comfy, but still.
The Location… Just a block north of the 1 train, and many more lines in any direction.
The Restrooms… Two!
The Line… Although this location is larger than most, it still accumulates a typical Midtown line.
The Crowd… Not overcrowded, but just enough to make finding a seat a tad difficult.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee… But I also bought a pack of their After Coffee Mints (pictured above) for the first time. These little things are like Altoids on crack! They are super strong and minty, and are just what you need after slurping down a coffee or two.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
An impressive Starbucks by Midtown standards.