Starbucks is a nice place to go and sit down and relax with friends. I find it a much more viable option when you are not really hungry than going to a restaurant. For some reason my friend's have a knack for wanting to go to the IHOP next door.... but really I think that Starbucks is better. Their Cheesecake Factory cheesecake is decently tasting. I'll eat it until I am able to find a real NYC style bakery up here in Albany.
Starbuck's coffee is definitely better tasting than most of the other places in the are. I prefer it over Professor Java's.