Rarely do I find a Midtown Starbucks that I feel comfortable enough to want to sit and stay awhile. They are either too small, too crowded, lacking seats or riddled with tourists. So when I do find one — like the Starbucks on 53rd and Lexington — I tend to pay special attention and cherish the moment.
In this particular case, I’m certainly not the only one who finds this Starbucks to be a good office away from the office. Virtually everyone sitting here has a laptop out. Some are even on what I presume to be conference calls. And of the people sitting in either of this Starbucks’ two seating areas, I’d say half are actually paying customers and half are simply in it for the Internet and office space.
It’s this type of behavior that has lead to several of the NYC Starbucks covering up their power outlets. This location’s outlets are free and plentiful — hence the crowd. It almost justifies the outlet covers, but I still feel that simple management and crowd control is a better alternative.
The Location… In Midtown-East and close to the 6 and E/M trains.
The Seating… It contains two distinct seating areas and a communal table.
The Size… Large — with two entrances and plenty of room to spread out.
The Crowd… Lots of non-patrons just taking up chairs and bandwidth.
The Restroom… Just one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A large Midtown Starbucks perfect to turn into your office for the day.