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NYC Starbucks: 43rd & Lexington (Grand Central)

17 Sep

43rd and Lexington Starbucks

Grand Central Terminal on any day of the week is simply bursting with business men and tourists — both in and out of rush hour. They scamper through the concourse, dive in and out of shops, huddle together when lost and confused, and sometimes just zoom by you in a blur to catch their  train. And, of course, there are two Starbucks inside to further fuel the flames.

I visited the Starbucks in the Biltmore Passage for my 100th blog. Now, I’m in the northeast corner of GST at the self-contained Starbucks off of Lexington Avenue. This location may have its own interior, but unfortunately it is so small that it almost works against the Starbucks. Although there are two entrances — one on Lex and one within the terminal — the lobby is so narrow that when entering from the street it proves difficult to even get to the back of the line. And yes… there’s always a line.

Today is also the first day that I have spotted La Boulange bakery products in a NYC Starbucks. The company purchased this San Francisco based bakery earlier this year and is in the process of bringing La Boulange baked goods to all its locations. I first spotted the pink coffee sleeves and different pastries in California last month, and once I researched La Boulange, I knew it was only a matter of time before they made their way to New York. 

The Good:

The Location… Inside Grand Central but with its own exterior entrance on Lexington Ave.

The Bad:

The Size… Teeny tiny — just enough room for the line.

The Line… So long that sometimes it wraps outside of the Starbucks and into the terminal itself.

The Seating… None to speak of — just a standing bar that fits no more than four.

The WiFi… It took my computer several attempts to connect, and when it did the WiFi was atrociously slow.

Barista Friendliness:

3cups

Drink of Choice: 

Venti Iced Coffee.

3cups

Overall Starbucks Rating:

One of the two Starbucks serving Grand Central Terminal.

1cup

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