The Starbucks on 49th & Madison has a consistent crowd of people coming, going, using the restroom, and sitting a while. For a Starbucks in Midtown, Manhattan its size is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the L-shaped barista bar takes up a lot of the space and the seating is only lining the walls.
It’s location on Madison Avenue brings in a mix of tourists and business people. There’s actually an interview of some sort being conducted at the table next to me. Side note: I think if a potential employer were to ask me to meet at a Starbucks for an interview I would be very excited, and I’d probably ace the interview since I’d be in my natural element as opposed to a stuffy office.
Also, noteworthy. So far in the month of October, I’ve been able to visit and blog about a new Starbucks each and every day. I’m 11 for 11 and hoping to keep this momentum up. With roughly 80 days left in 2013, I’ve got a ton more iced coffees to drink before my mission is complete.
The Location… Midtown on Madison just north of Grand Central.
The Seating… A row of padded benches on one wall and two window bars (one for sitting and one for standing).
The Lines… At first I mistook the restroom line for the coffee line. Then I realized it was equally as long, just on the other side of the store.
The Lighting… Dim for a Starbucks, with spotlights on the walls not the tables.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A dim and crowded Midtown Starbucks.