Non-Starbucks Super-Strong Coffee in Times Square?
For all the horrible corporate idiocy behind Starbucks, their coffee is one of the few joys I have in coming to work in the very center of Times Square every morning. I haven't soured on their hypercaffeinated espresso (forgive me, if I were downtonwn, I'd be at Mud, or Think, or Joe, or any of the fantastic places down there) but the service, specifically at 42nd & Broadway, is horrible. It's like Starbucks 1996, no communication, hideous lines, botched orders. The ritual is rendered stressful and maddening.
Help me. I've tried Juan Valdez across the street, it's not strong enough. Deli coffee is not an option. Cafe Duke is hardly better. Tell me there's a secret coffee spot around 42nd/Bway where the lines move quickly and the joe is as strong as at the Bux.
Unfortunately I have not found an alternative to McStarbucks either. I have found, however, that their best Times Square location is the one on 45th between 6th and 7th.
I like the coffee at the 'wichcraft kiosk at the corner of Bryant Park at 42nd and 6th. I'm not sure if it'd be strong enough for you but it might be worth a try.