Thanks to the sheer density of Starbucks in Lower Manhattan, I’m beginning to know my way around the Financial District despite its irregular street names. In fact, the other day I was downtown giving directions to my boyfriend — who’s lived in NYC for 6 years, mind you.
One thing I’ve noticed about these FiDi Starbucks, is that they range greatly in quality. Basically, they are either great or just horrible. Location doesn’t even seem to be a factor in this — especially since they’re all so close together. And my experience today only further solidifies this theory.
I’m at the Starbucks on Fulton & Nassau. This Starbucks is only 2 blocks north of the very classy, unique Starbucks at Liberty & Nassau. However, it is lacking all of the decor styling and 80 percent of the seating. The best thing I can say about this Starbucks is that it’s in a good spot and has two doors.
Also, the barista that took my order was friendlier than your typical NYC Starbucks barista, and that is something I will always appreciate.
The Location… Near tons of trains that go through the area — J/Z, A/C, 2/3 and 4/5.
The Design… No it’s not big. But there’s an entrance where the line forms and an exit where you pick up your drinks — obviously designed with efficiency in mind.
The Crowd… Not too many people coming in for an afternoon coffee.
The Seating… A small stretch of window seating and one table in the corner that fits three.
The Size… A small corner Starbucks — thank God for two entrances.
The Hours… Open until 9pm on weekdays and 8pm on weekends. Typical FiDi.
The Restroom… None for public use.
I was greeted with a smile and they even added the milk for me.
Drink of Choice:
Tall Iced Coffee.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A small and not-so-crowded FiDi Starbucks.