Today I decided to visit the Starbucks on 23rd and Park Avenue South, mostly because it’s directly opposite the Starbucks on 26th and Broadway that I visited last week. This Starbucks is on the southeast side of Madison Square Park; that Starbucks is on the northwest side.
I definitely, definitely prefer the northwest side. This Starbucks is small, narrow, cramped, cold and lacking a public restroom. Yet still plenty of people rush in and out of its doors. Perhaps the reason it maintains such a crowd is because this Starbucks is above a subway station. Or maybe the park crowd tends to move southeast instead of northwest. Whatever the reason — of the two Starbucks that overlook Madison Square Park, this one is trampled by the competition.
The Location… Directly on top of the 6 train and adjacent to Madison Square Park and even more trains.
The Size… Very narrow with seating lining only one wall.
The Crowd… A consistent crowd coming in and out from around the park.
The Restroom… None for public use.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A narrow and crowded Starbucks with no public restroom.