The Starbucks on 58th and 8th Avenue is full of unused potential. Well… maybe not potential, but certainly a lot of unused space. There is an entire back wall that is completely empty of tables and chairs. There’s even a lonely open outlet on the wall that probably never gets used — except for maybe the desperate person needing to charge their phone that wanders in once in a while. I can picture them leaning their on the wall, as I’ve seen at so many other Starbucks before.
I think the lack of accommodations at this Starbucks is nothing more than a defensive strategy against the tourists and workforce that are assuredly beating down the door every hour of operations. I remember visiting the Columbus Circle Starbucks just north of here and feeling like I was in a mosh-pit.
Luckily I arrived here during a lull in business and was able to grab on of the few barstools that line the barista bar. The good thing about sitting in an uninviting Starbucks such as this one is that the crowd disappears fast. I see them come in the front order their drinks or see that the only restroom is currently out-of-order then head out.
The Location… Located on the south end of Columbus Circle near the Time Warner Center. It’s close to the park and the west side trains.
The Crowd… It wasn’t too crowded with an after-work or tourist crowd, but that’s probably because this Starbucks is not very accommodating.
The Seating… Only three tables and some chairs off the barista bar. This location isn’t tiny so they could have easily fit more.
Power Outlets… Only a few and they seem to be purposefully placed away from the tables and chairs.
Restroom… One and it was out of service.
They were very high energy and seemed to work well together.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
This Starbucks does its best to hide from the giant crowds of Columbus Circle.