Today my visit to the Starbucks on 84th and 3rd Avenue can be summed up with the following picture:
So I doubt this self-made image will ever reach ‘meme status’ but I suspect it will resonate with some.
When I walked into this Upper East Side Starbucks, all the seats were taken, which is much more common in Midtown. The crowd was pretty stagnant, so I ordered my drink and was prepared to wait a while. Then — like it was meant to be — a man vacated his comfy green armchair just as I was topping off my iced coffee with breve. Essentially… NYC Starbucks jackpot!
Although this Starbucks is particularly crowded on a weekday afternoon, it is also larger than most Starbucks in the city — which helps disseminate the crowd a bit. It’s close to one of the few 4/5/6 stops on the east side, and on a strip of 3rd Ave that consists mostly of lunch-hour restaurants and other cafes.
With comfy chairs as rare as they are in modern-day Starbucks stores, this is a pretty descent location to sit for a while.
The Location… Just two blocks south of the 86th street stop.
The Seating… A half-dozen tables-for-two and a set of comfy green chairs.
The Crowd… Heavily crowded for the Upper East Side.
Restroom… Just the one.
The girl in front of me was named Kate, and the barista took the time to ask if it was spelt with a ‘C’ or a ‘K’. Now that’s someone who cares.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A crowded and sizable Upper East Side Starbucks on the cusp of Yorkville.