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 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 Crowd… At full capacity. Standing room only.
The Seating… Not enough to warrant a public restroom.
The Restroom… See above.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Green Tea
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A small and crowded Starbucks… typical 42nd street.