The Starbucks on 55th and Lexington doesn’t seem like it stands a chance against the beautiful Saturday afternoon going on right now in the city. I see people jogging, biking, walking hand-in-hand out there in the sun… but in here it is nearly empty. A few people come and go but mostly they go.
This is kind of refreshing since I’m usually fighting to squeeze myself into a seat at a crowded Midtown Starbucks but not today.
There are lots of Starbucks in this neighborhood, which may also contribute to this location’s current vacancy. This one is a few blocks south of some great retail shops on Lexington, but here the area is mostly random restaurants and cheap shops.
Inside there are two seating areas that form a small hall to the barista bar. There are outlets near most every seat and they are each spaced enough so that the place is not overly congested. The decor is simple and there’s just the one restroom in the back. Ultimately, the best thing this Starbucks has going for it is its lack of patrons.
The Crowd… Barely anyone here on this Saturday afternoon.
The Seating… There are two fenced in seating areas when you walk in that create a small hall that leads to the barista bar.
The Location… A few blocks north there’s some good transportation options and nice shopping, but here it’s mostly pre-owned electronic stores and delis.
Restroom… Only the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A well-designed Starbucks in Midtown East.