The Starbucks on 52nd & Lexington is located on a small section of 52nd street that has been dubbed Lew Rudin Way. The apples on the street sign made me think he must have been some great educator here in NYC, but as it turns out he was a great landlord instead. Alongside his brother, he headed one of NYC’s oldest real estate dynasties and was a strong civic booster. Doesn’t sound like your typical landlord, right? He died of cancer just after 9/11, and this portion of 52nd street was renamed in his honor in 2002.
The Starbucks on the corner of Lew Rudin Way is impressive for a Midtown location. It even has three outdoor tables right there on the sidewalk. Obviously, this is an added perk that most NYC Starbucks cannot afford; however, the fact that the tables have no barrier what-so-ever from the street crowd is a little unnerving. Plus the WiFi is really shoddy out there.
But never fear, there’s still plenty of seating inside.
The Location… Just north of the 6-train and south of some excellent shopping onLexington.
The Seating… A ton of seating inside (including a cushioned bench) and three tables outside with patio umbrellas.
The Size… It’s large even if you don’t count the outdoor seating.
The Crowd… A good crowd both indoor and outdoor.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Drink of Choice:
Venti Iced 1/2 Passion 1/2 Green Tea.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
A decent sized Midtown Starbucks with some outdoor seating.