I’m starting to appreciate the neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan the more I visit them. Not only are they older than the upper part of the island and rich with history, but they also have a more pleasing aesthetic Perhaps it’s the fact that they don’t obey the repetitive Manhattan grid of numbered streets and avenues. Down here streets run diagonal or even in circles, and they actually have names that have nothing to do with their placement. Sure it’s not logical or organized, but this lack-of-symmetry allows for a more substantial presence for each of these beautiful buildings.
Today, I walked south from 14th street, past Astor Place, through SoHo and Chinatown (passing countless Starbucks on my way) until my feet had had enough and I came across a Starbucks that I had yet to venture into. The Starbucks I found was on the corner of Worth and Lafayette in an area of Civic Center called Foley Square. The Department of Health and the New York Supreme Court are both nearby, and the though the windows of the Starbucks you get a lovely view of Thomas Pain Park.
Inside the Starbucks, there is a small seating nook that is well-enough removed from the barista bar and line to still be considered nice and relaxing. It gets plenty of natural light and has a just enough seating to satisfy the few of us that actually want to stay and sit a while. Most people, however, seems to want to get their drinks to go. The line was consistently backed up to the entrance, and although the baristas kept it moving, there was always just as much people entering as there was leaving.
The Location… On the corner of Foley Square and Thomas Paine Park in downtown Civic Center. Nearby trains include the J, 1/2/3 and 4/5/6.
The Decor… I’m a sucker for unique wall murals and I’ve yet to see this one’s (pictured above) at any other Starbucks.
The Seating… One of the most stylist seating areas I’ve seen so far with a long L-shaped couch of black leather and small tables.
The Crowd… Although the line was long, the crowd in the seating area was light and fluid.
The Line… It was backed up to the door most times throughout my visit. Everyone must be looking for an afternoon pick-me-up.
The Hours… Closes at 8 on weekdays and 7 on weekends.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced Green Tea… Nothing better on a hot day like today.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A stylish Starbucks in Civic Center. Manhattan.