I just couldn’t stay away.
After visiting one of the two Starbucks inside of Penn Station, I knew I had to come back and check out the other one. So I decided to take my Treat Receipt from this morning back to Midtown. This Starbucks is in the northeast corner of Penn Station — at least as far as I can tell, it is — close to the 7th avenue entrance and Madison Square Garden.
Before I found this Starbucks, I stumbled upon three separate Dunkin Donuts and dozens of other well known chains that are taking advantage of the masses that venture into the station. I came here directly after work, and the 5 o’clock traffic was in full bloom. Upstairs, where the incoming trains are posted, the crowds just pile in and stand, but down near the tracks where these Starbucks are, the crowds are like a stampede of suits and suitcases.
The Starbucks itself does a pretty good job at differentiating itself from the one down the way. It has distinctive decor, different seating styles and a much poorer WiFi connection. Also worth noting, is that this one has its power outlets covered up while the other one does not. Other than that, the lines and crowds are fairly equal, and they are about the same size.
The Location… In the northeast corner of Penn Station, just yards away from the other Starbucks.
The Decor… Very unique to Penn Station with both old school classic photography and more modern pictures and murals (like the ones you see above).
The Seating… I was surprised at how many seats they squeezed in here (including a community table).
The Crowd… Just as crowded as its Penn Station sister store.
The Line… It has a longer line. But that may be caused by the weekday rush hour
The WiFi… A very slow connection.
Restroom… None in the Starbucks.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
The other Starbucks in Pennsylvania Station.