Today summer is in full bloom here in NYC, and it’s the first day that I’ve felt the dreaded subway station sweats. So I figured: why fight it? I’m heading out to the Christopher Street Piers to soak in some sun. But on my way — of course — I just had to stop and get an iced coffee in the area.
The Starbucks on Spring & Varick is located in a small neighborhood called Hudson Square. Apparently in the past it was known as the Printing District and it still contains a lot of media, communications, and advertising offices. Now they just don’t print as much as email. Hudson Square is west of SoHo, north of TriBeCa and south of the West Village. It’s basically the Southwest Village, only 7th avenue disappears into Varick street and the nice restaurants turn into tall business buildings.
Although I’ve been to the Starbucks on Spring and Varick at least twice before, I noticed something for the first time today: there are only three chairs!
This Starbucks is cute. Really cute. It’s on the street corner with large plate glass windows that let in lots of sun. All the tables and the bar are that nice beach wood style, and there’s plenty of open power outlets on the walls. But still… there’s only three chairs.
The Location… Hudson Square. It’s not the nicest neighborhood, but it’s close to West Village, Tribeca, SoHo, and some major trains to get you elsewhere.
The Crowd… Not too crowded, but then again the lack of seating may contribute to that.
The Seating… A total of three chairs in the whole place. There are some high tabes for standing and leaning… but only three chairs.
Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A Starbucks that beckons the question: “Where’s the chairs?”