The perfectly placed Starbucks would be one directly on the way from your home to work in the morning. In NYC, thousands of people commute in through Grand Central Terminal each day and walk to their place of business — usually somewhere in Midtown. Therefore, the Starbucks on 39th and Park Ave is probably the go-to Starbucks to hundreds of people each day.
This Starbucks is far enough from the terminal to likely avoid being swarmed but close enough to not be out of anyone’s way. And if it is… luckily this is Midtown, so there’s bound to be another Starbucks in any other direction. It’s also conveniently surrounded by three banks: Capital One, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
Inside, the Starbucks is L-shaped with an elevated ceiling and various hanging light fixtures. Most seats are elevated barstools facing the windows, but there is also a cushioned sofa equipped with power outlets on one interior wall.
While most Midtown Starbucks are only bearable enough to get your drink and go, this one I could actually spend some time in.
The Location… Just a few blocks south of Grand Central Terminal and on one of the prettiest avenues in the city.
The Size… Large by Midtown standards.
The Crowd… I’m sure it’s busy during peak hours, but right now the crowd is light and there are plenty of seats to go around.
The Music… Loud elevator music. Very loud.
Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A centrally located Starbucks in Midtown.