Coffee Shop · Upper East Side
1491 Lexington Ave (at E 96th St), New York, NY 10029, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 5:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 PM
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

96th & Lexington Ave


Based on 344 votes

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    Kelly ann M.
    "Love there cafe mocha and the staff is always friendly and fast."(5 Tips)
    Kelvin C.
    "First i ordered a mocha cookie crumble frap."(2 Tips)
    Liana C.
    "Very nice customer service and free wifi!"(3 Tips)
    Charisse R.
    "Good Hot Chocolate as usual"(3 Tips)
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  • Kevin B.

    Friendly and kind Starbucks service, but grab your morning coffee and head east on 96th. Sit in the park between Lex and 3rd Ave. Watch the trains, watch people, relax a bit with some great coffee.

    Kevin Borchers · November 18, 2013
  • Kelvin C.

    This SBUX is terrible. First i ordered a mocha cookie crumble frap. They are out of one ingredient. So I move to the next item. The caramel. They are out as well. Finally I moved to 3rd item on menu.

    Kelvin Chen · August 18, 2013
  • Geraldine V.

    I love the staff here and the atmosphere SO un-Starbuckian -- the place used to be a fab old apothecary which sadly closed but this is a nice place to get coffee.

    Geraldine Visco · July 28, 2013
  • Genesis M.

    This place can get a little crazy in the morning. Double check your drink order before scurrying out the door so you don't end up with my tea and I have your Americano.

    Genesis M · October 11, 2013
  • Geraldine V.

    Might be a good place to meet a husband if you come on a Sunday morning. So far, a little girl and infant kept staring and coming over to say hi while their divorced dads drank coffee.

    Geraldine Visco · August 4, 2013
  • Dominic d.

    I think we know... It's not about the coffee. It's all about the wifi. Just keep your head down and your headphones on and you can surf to your heart's content without a purchase.

    Dominic del Principe · April 19, 2013
  • Michelle K.

    This is a nice location because it's right near a subway station. Whenever I have classes at the campus school (94th & park), I come here before class and treat myself.

    Michelle Kim · February 26, 2015
  • Joe G.

    I been to many a Starbucks and this Girl was the nicest I have ever met! Plus if you are into People watching, this is the place.

    Joe Guglielmo · February 11, 2012
  • Geraldine V.

    This Starbucks is less annoying than most of them. Nice young staff, bigger space with windows. Used to be a fab old fashioned pharmacy.

    Geraldine Visco · June 15, 2013
  • Brittany M.

    Went to buy a chocolate croissant today and noticed about 6 flies in the food glass. They arent hard to miss saw them right away... kind of gross

    Brittany Martinelli · October 17, 2014
  • Brenna M.

    Great Starbucks! Very friendly and helpful baristas. Good for hanging out, not great for working as there are not many outlets.

    Brenna McCarthy · September 10, 2013
  • Astoriawinediva

    Love the Pikes Place Roast, smoooth. The little brown sugar tarts are like mini pop tarts but just a two bite size ..perfect for the waistline.

    Astoriawinediva · June 1, 2012
  • Delia H.

    Love the layout! All Starbucks have either stay & sit or quick & go vibes. This is definitely stay, sit & chill.

    Delia Hernandez · January 16, 2015
  • Wes B.

    Don't expect your coffee in a New York minute. Make sure you have about 20 to kill. A tortoise moves faster than these baristas.

    Wes Benter · March 24, 2012
  • Geraldine V.

    It just took me TWENTY MINUTES to get an iced coffee. They used to have nice employees. Now they are lazy and not too bright!! I was fed up and asked for money back.

    Geraldine Visco · June 28, 2014
  • Logan F.

    The staff are very friendly and are always chatting with the regulars. Most neighborhood-y Starbucks I've been to.

    Logan Finlay · December 12, 2012
  • Patrick P.

    Buy an over-priced mediocre tasting coffee product. You may have seen other such products at similar wallet-raping locations.

    Patrick P. · June 2, 2013
  • Joanne K.

    Hazelnut ice coffee, light on the ice (so as not to dilute the flavor as it melts).

    Joanne Kim · June 2, 2014
  • Kelly ann M.

    Love there cafe mocha and the staff is always friendly and fast. Conveniently located...👍👍

    Kelly ann Mitchell · April 9, 2014
  • Hilary P.

    If you're looking for a Starbucks to camp out at, I'd look elsewhere. Pretty crowded and unreliable wifi

    Hilary Parker · December 6, 2013
  • wanda b.

    Awesome staff...become a regular and they make a point of having your order ready...priceless, when it's that really needed first cup of the day.

    wanda buncamper · November 11, 2010
  • Sarah

    Friendly and cozy the way a coffee shop should be, but super slow service no matter the time of day.

    Sarah · November 15, 2010
  • Meghan Kathleen

    I've never been let down by the short vanilla latte, try one, it's the perfect amount.

    Meghan Kathleen · September 26, 2010
  • Allison

    Service is pretty slow, and there's never a seat open. This neighborhood needs a better coffee joint.

    Allison · March 18, 2012
  • Hank S.

    Sassy black barista with the red glasses is a douche. He's one of the reasons I try to avoid this location.

    Hank Searfus · August 4, 2013
  • Nick E.

    The tin ceilings are a nice touch of NYC for the otherwise cookie cutter chain.

    Nick Ehle · September 4, 2010
  • Mycal

    Very nice cutie working the counter, the overall service is to SSSLLLLOOOOWWWWWW!

    Mycal · January 18, 2012
  • Kimball

    Always a line but it moves fast, w/ speedy, courteous baristas

    Kimball · August 4, 2013
  • Genna S.

    These are the best and nicest baristas in the whole world!!!!! No joke!!!!

    Genna S · December 4, 2013
  • Guy L.

    I kinda/sorta like the feel of this one, but there are virtually no outlets😕..Like, why?

    Guy Lennox · September 11, 2014
  • Daniel C.

    Slow service, and when they are fast they are rude. They have an attitude problem, confusing being rude with being fast!

    Daniel Chang · May 7, 2011
  • Derrick Y.

    There are two sets of outlets at each end of the bench along the wall.

    Derrick Yanford · April 5, 2012
  • Paco C.

    The must have improved the service because it was fast!

    Paco Carreño-Galvez · February 10, 2013
  • Christian T.

    This location the service is very fishin in service coffee

    Christian Torres · October 18, 2014
  • Heather C.

    Outlets are scarce, but the subway is right outside the door.

    Heather Cheney · March 31, 2012
  • Jamie M.

    The coffee here is great! I wish we had a place like this on the west side!

    Jamie Maloney · January 13, 2013
  • Capt Awesome

    Afternoon employees can't be bothered to remember what you ordered, nor how to make it

    Capt Awesome · May 16, 2011
  • chantal T.

    The lines r always long, but staff moves quick

    chantal Taylor · April 19, 2012
  • Arthur♡♡♡

    Starbucks is known for its wonderful coffee, and lattes

    Arthur♡♡♡ · May 10, 2015
  • Yaseen R.

    Your usual Starbucks: great hot and cold milky coffee.

    Yaseen Rocca · November 13, 2014
  • Raysa T.

    This place is always packed but very fast & nice staff!

    Raysa Toribio · April 15, 2013
  • Anahi D.

    Very nice staff, but don't come here if you're in a hurry.

    Anahi D · May 18, 2012
  • Brian G.

    Really friendly baristas here!

    Brian Grogan Jr. · November 13, 2013
  • Belleza ⚾️⚽️⚾️ F.

    Right next to the six line. Perfect for coffee before work.

  • Liana C.

    Very nice customer service and free wifi!

    Liana Casciani · March 2, 2015
  • New York D.

    Nice benches and ambiance.

    New York Dog Nanny · August 19, 2015
  • Capt Awesome

    Service has gotten much better and friendlier

    Capt Awesome · December 2, 2011
  • Melanie M.

    Best Starbucks in NYC. This is my favorite one.

    Melanie Miracolo · November 10, 2013
  • Capt Awesome

    Make sure you get what you actually ordered

    Capt Awesome · November 14, 2011
  • Steve M.

    Agree. Ver slow service. Prepare to wait.

    Steve Mann · May 6, 2012

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