61 9th Avenue, (at 15th Street) New York, NY 11011
DescriptionStarbucks Reserve is located at 61, 9th Avenue at 15th Street, in Chelsea, Manhattan. There is no parking lot or garage. It is located near the High Line. Street-level, double doors lead to a three level, 23,000 square foot venue. Elevators go to all levels.
There are several low bars with counter seating, as well as many tables and chairs. There is ample space to maneuver, as well as good space between seating areas. Floors are smooth concrete.
Ten, single occupancy restrooms are located on the lower level. Two of them are handicapped accessible. One of these two has a self-contained sink and baby-changing station. This area and the stalls are rather dark. Also, some of the doors open outward, and others inward.
- Doors: large, wooden, street-level, double doors
Number of floors: 3
Ramps: slight decline to restrooms
Steps and staircases: eleven steps up or down to the three levels
Width of aisles: ample space to navigate
Places to sit: low counter seating, tables and chairs
Location of restrooms: lower level
Type of restroom: **ten single-occupancy restrooms, two of them are handicapped-accessible, one of these has a sink and baby-changing station
Ease of entry and exit: some doors open outward, some open inward
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: a variety of items besides coffee, everything is made on premises
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and helpful
Notes: *there is no dedicated parking ** restroom area and stalls are quite dark
We “happened” upon this massive Starbucks quite by accident as we were headed to the High Line. It was early in the day, my better half wanted some coffee, so we decided to go to Chelsea Market. While walking past this Starbucks, I noticed that it seemed different. As we opened the large, street-level, wooden doors we took a double-take. Wow, this place is enormous (23,000 square feet), and not like any Starbucks we had ever seen. With three levels, a variety of coffee stations, a bakery, bar and food level, this is more like a coffee theme park than a coffee shop. The website describes it as “an immersive space for you to explore, discover, and indulge in the world of coffee.” There are three separate “bar” areas on the three floors. There is even a working fireplace! All cooking and roasting is done “on the premises.” You can even watch the coffee bean roasting process. There are five bars, two for coffee, one each for cocktails, take-away, beans and pastries. We found lots of seating, from easily accessible low counters, to beautiful wooden chairs and tables that were designed and made in the U.S. Steps and elevators go to all levels.
The only downside is the restroom area. There are ten, single-occupancy restrooms, two of which are handicapped-accessible, with a baby-changing station and sink in one of them. No matter how you get to this area, it is simply too dark. I practically walked into a full-length mirror in the area. Be careful, some of the rooms open outward, some open inward, so pay attention to the signs on the doors. Unfortunately, the rooms themselves are also too dark, making it diffiult for all, especially someone with a disabiity. This venue has only been open for a few months, so hopefully these things will get resolved.
This location is number four, of only six to be built worldwide. Even if you don’t like coffee, or Starbucks, this place is a “must see!”
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to visit a venue’s webisite, www.starbucksreserve.com, when plannning a visit, to know before you go.