NYC Starbucks: 42nd & 9th

26 Jul

42nd and 9th Starbucks

I’ve passed by the Starbucks on 42nd and 9th avenue several times, and although never entering, I knew what I would most likely rate this Starbucks months ago. That’s because its exterior wall is nothing but paneled glass. Each time I passed, I could see exactly what was going on inside.

Essentially, this Starbucks is a small space with crowded tables, a consistent crowd and little room for much else. I could even tell there was no restroom just by a passing glance. Although it’s well enough removed from Time Square to not have a giant crowd shuffling by outside, it still attracts enough of a crowd. It’s close to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and just north of the traffic nightmare known as Hellsea.

I’m not saying grabbing a seat here would be impossible. Just prepare to wait a while — or arrive early. This bad boy opens up at 6am, Monday-Friday.

The Good:

The Location… A block from the A/C/E and far enough removed from Time Square for the crowd to not be 100 percent touristy. Also, its’ near tons of Hell’s Kitchen restaurants.

The Bad:

The Crowd… At full capacity. Standing room only.

The Seating… Not enough to warrant a public restroom.

The Restroom… See above.

Barista Friendliness:


Drink of Choice: 

Grande Iced Green Tea


Overall Starbucks Rating:

A small and crowded Starbucks… typical 42nd street.



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