Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Starbucks vs. Local Coffee Shops in the East Village

Yesterday, a Starbucks opened in the East Village, after months of protests from neighbors who prefer their local coffee shops to chains. The brand new Starbucks was even reportedly egged this weekend before their official opening.

As an East Village resident for the past 6 years, I’ve come to love my local coffee shops - especially Paradiso, B Cup, The Bean, 9th Street Espress0 and Mocha for their neighborhood vibe, menu offerings and plain ‘ole good cups of coffee.

The Starbucks took over The Bean's old space, due to issues they had a few months back making the pricey rent. Neighbors were outraged to lose a local favorite for a chain. (Happy to report The Bean's new location is much nicer and larger on 2nd ave!)

While I am not a frequent Starbucks drinker, I think they’re convenient when you’re running to the subway and are in need of a caffeine fix. They’re also reliable when you don’t have cash and want to use a card, as most local coffee shops are cash only. Starbucks also offers low-calorie breakfast items, such as a Spinach and Feta Egg White Wrap, which is a great on-the-go option to stick to your diet.

Do you think the addition of this Starbucks, along with the IHOP on 14th Street and a couple 7-Elevens changes the neighborhood to feel like the burbs rather than downtown NYC? xo

1 comment:

  1. god i love spinach and feta egg white wraps... #starbucksforevs


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