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NYC Starbucks: 34th & 7th

15 Aug

34th and 7th Starbucks

I consider the corner of 34th and 7th Avenue to to be the epicenter of Midtown, Manhattan. It’s just west of Macy’s; just north of Penn Station; and a few blocks south of Times Square. Buses heading out of the city (if not going through the Port Authority Bus Terminal) often pick you up and drop you off on this street, and it’s surrounded by hotels in every direction.

But what does all this say about the Starbucks that exists on this corner?

Three words: busy, crowded and cramped.

This Starbucks is narrow in structure, but that kind of works for this location since it has both a street entrance and exit into an office building; so in theory, it serves its purpose for all those who work in that building. Unfortunately, for everyone else, this Starbucks’ structure is much more frustrating than convenient.

There are six tables lined up against one wall. Each of those are crowded with patrons and non-patrons. Actually, a lot of people are on laptops with no coffee in hand or simply sitting and staring blankly with luggage by their side. Each time one person leaves, another person that has been standing and waiting rushes to the empty seat.

So — yeah — this Starbucks may be in the epicenter of Midtown Manhattan, but that only means it takes the crowd of two Midtown Starbucks.

The Good:

The Location… Close to all Midtown transportation options (subway, trains, buses, etc…)

The Bad:

The Size… Small and narrow.

The Seating.., Just a few small tables separated from the hallway-like lobby by a half wall.

The Crowd… Very crowded even after 5pm, and a lot of that crowd appeared to be just waiting in the AC for a bus.

The Hours… Opens later and closes earlier than most.

Barista Friendliness:

3cups

Drink of Choice: 

Grande Iced Green Tea…

3cups

Overall Starbucks Rating:

A small, narrow and tourist-ridden MIdtown Starbucks.

1cup

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