Today is my first day exploring the neighborhood — and Starbucks — of Morningside Heights, Manhattan.
Apparently there is debate as to which larger neighborhood Morningside Heights belongs to — either the Upper West Side or Harlem. Characteristically, I see more UWS here than Harlem — lots of strollers and dogs on lead. This neighborhood is also nicknamed Academic Acropolis, due to the fact that several university campuses call it home, including Columbia of the Ivy League.
Before examining the Starbucks on 111th and Broadway, I even took some time to walk the long and narrow Riverside Park, which is perfect for joggers and families alike. There’s also tons and tons of benches in case you want to take a book and a sandwich and have one of those typical park bench moments.
The Starbucks itself is large and in charge. Sure, it’s crowded and filled with studying students, but there’s plenty of seats to go ’round. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the WiFi bandwidth. Certainly no video streaming here. There’s also no oven (random?). So, no breakfast sandwiches or toasted bagels. Sorry guys!
The Location… In Morningside Heights, just south of Columbia and right off the 1-train.
The Size… A very large seating area in the front and plenty of seats in the back near the restroom.
The Seating… Plenty of small tables and communal tables.
The Crowd… Very crowded.
The WiFi… Since virtually every patron comes attached with a laptop… yeah, it’s slow.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A studious Morningside Heights Starbucks near Riverside Park.