Downtown Manhattan is an entirely different beast during the week than it is on the weekends. Yes, there are plenty of people that live in the Financial District. And yes, there are dozens of touristy landmarks down here — like Bowling Green and the Statue of Liberty. But nothing brings the crowd like the 9-5 New York workweek.
Some Starbucks in FiDi — such as the one in the New York Stock Exchange — are actually closed on weekends entirely. Most limit their hours, at the very least. The Starbucks on the corner of Broad and Beaver is in the thick of FiDi, just south of the NYSE and east of Bowling Green. It’s also a short stroll from the seaports, where one can take a ferry to some of the various islands just south of Manhattan.
The entrance to this Starbucks utilizes a revolving door, which is typical of this neighborhood and helps avoid the bottlenecking of business men (and women). Inside, this Starbucks is much more expansive than I would have thought. Unlike in Midtown (an equally crowded neighborhood), the size of the Starbucks in FiDi have been impressive. The vast lobby has a extensive wrap-around stanchions to keep it under control, and there’s still plenty of room for seats off to the side. There’s a coffee-themed wall mural on on wall and even some of the exterior windows are decorated with Starbucks themed glass.
If I was one of the few to live in Downtown Manhattan, this very well could be my Go-To Starbucks.
The Location… In FiDi and surrounded by trains (N/R, 4/5, J/Z, and the 1).
The Seating… A good amount of tables-for-two, group tables and a row of high chairs against one window.
The Size… Surprisingly large for such an old and bustling area of Manhattan.
The Crowd… It comes in waves, so I’m sure it’s even busier on a business day.
The Restroom… Just one with quite a line even on the weekend.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Salted Caramel Mocha… My fall drink of choice.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A surprisingly large FiDi Starbucks.