Recently, I’ve been interested in comparing Starbucks in Manhattan that are in extremely close proximity to other Starbucks (like on the same exact street corner).
Late last month, I visited a Starbucks on the northwest corner of 56th & Lexington, and now I’m sitting in a Starbucks just south of it on the same street corner.
The Starbucks on the north side of the street was tiny, triangular and could only fit a handful of patrons at once. This Starbucks doesn’t look like much from the outside, but I was surprised that it is actually fairly large. Well — not large — but deep. It’s very narrow, like a railroad apartment, and has just a tiny store front.
Also, this Starbucks gets bonus points for sharing an entranceway with a Psychic parlor. So you can get your caffeine fix and your palm read all in the same place. Or maybe go to the parlor first and they can predict what drink you’ll order.
The Location… In the thick of a shopping area and close to the N/Q/R and 4/5/6.
The Crowd… Barely occupied on this weekend afternoon.
The Seating… A seating area up front and a long row of tables and cushioned couches in the back.
The Lighting… Dim lit with very few windows.
The Restroom… Only the one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced 1/2 Green 1/2 Passion Tea… It’s exceptionally refreshing on a hot day like today.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A railroad Starbucks — long, deep and narrow.