A friend-of-a-friend once described the Starbucks on 40th and Lexington as one of the worst in NYC. Ever since, I must admit, I’ve been intrigued. However, today when I stepped foot into the only Starbucks on that cross street, I couldn’t help but feel a mistake was made.
This Starbucks is definitely not one of the worst. If you want to hear about the worst, by all means, click here.
One thing I like about this Starbucks is that, not only is it large, but the barista bar is pushed to the back of the store, leaving room for a great seating area. It even has a foursome of padded, comfy chairs in a little seating nook near the entrance. It has not one, but two, large communal tables, and plenty of smaller sets that can fit three comfortably. And although it is in Midtown, it’s pushed far enough east to avoid the brunt of Midtown traffic.
All in all, it’s not one of the best Starbucks in Manhattan, but it certainly isn’t one of the worst either.
The Location… Just south of Grand Central Station in Midtown.
The Seating… A very large seating area with outlets on the walls, communal tables and four comfy chairs in the front.
The Crowd… Manageable. Plenty of open seating and a consistently short line.
The Lighting… Dimly lit spot lighting and windows only in the front.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A Midtown Starbucks to beat the expectations.