By now, I’ve seen my fair share of Upper East Side Starbucks. And while most tend to be a little larger and cleaner than Starbucks in other neighborhoods, the location on 76th and 2nd avenue failed to live up to my expectations. No it’s not particularly dirty, but perhaps it’s the dim shadow-casting lighting that gives off that impression.
All in all, this Starbucks can be described in three words: small, dark and old.
If you pass by on 2nd avenue, you can take in the Starbucks in its entirety in one quick glance. The decor, walls and seating are all stained dark, and the ceiling lights seem to be only turned half on. And something about this location gives me a vintage vibe. Not that intentional vintage look, but I genuinely feel like this location is straight from the 80s. Perhaps it’s the half-paneled walls and plain wooden chairs.
The crowd in here is small at this time, but then again, I doubt most Upper East Side residents are feeding their caffeine cravings this late at night. Some come and go, but the crowd inside stays light. However, the Gristedes directly across the street seems to be a happening place. I would say this would be an excellent place to come study or read a book, but you’ll just need to bare with the slightly uncomfortable seating.
The Crowd… Only two other patrons occupied this location for the extent of my visit.
The Location… The Upper East Side doesn’t scream excitement to me and the only train near this location is the 6.
The Size… One small room with a small L-shaped bench and tables for seating.
The Hours… Closes at 9pm nightly with the exception of Saturdays.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee… even this late at night. Tsk tsk… I know.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A tiny Upper East Side Starbucks