Wow, it’s early.
This may be the earliest I’ve visited a Starbucks for this blog. But there’s something motivating about waking up at sunrise and starting the day with coffee and writing before work. No, I don’t do this often; the real reason I’m up this early is that I have Beyonce tickets tonight and there just isn’t enough hours in the day.
For the last Starbucks in July, I’m paying a visit to the East Village. On 9th and 2nd Avenue, there is a sizable Starbucks, just north of St Marks Place. This Starbucks has what most don’t — an outdoor seating area. No, it’s not fully secluded from passersby like the Starbucks in Yorkville ,but it does have a 3-foot high metal gate separating you from the sidewalk crowd. It even has a large awning that extends from the side of the building.
Inside, this Starbucks has exposed brick pillars and walls that really give it the NYC vibe. There is plenty of seating (especially at the crack of dawn), and it’s spaced enough for it not to get too crowded.
All in all, I’m a sucker for a Starbucks with an outdoor area, but I’d have to come back to see what the crowd is like midday.
The Location… One block above St Marks Place, and a short walk to Astor Place and the 6, N/R trains.
The Size… Very large for something in the East Village.
The Seating… Plenty of seats inside (tables for 1, tables for 2 and a community table) as well as a slightly secluded outdoor seating area. Nothing comfy though.
The Crowd… Barely anyone there at 6:30 in the morning, but I have a feeling it gets slightly more crowded during normal-person hours.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
An impressive East Village Starbucks.