Cafe Grumpy

Cafe Grumpy

Coffee Shop, Bakery, and Tea Room$$$$
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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  • Dmitry P.
    "Great coffee in Greenpoint."(3 Tips)
    luke
    "order a cortado - the perfect ratio of espresso to milk."(20 Tips)
    Joshua L.
    "Chill cafe with great espresso based drinks"(11 Tips)
    Sami A.
    "Try any of the single origin coffees."(2 Tips)
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  • Jessica
    JessicaMay 16
    Probably on me for not ordering coffee, but the iced matcha latte here isn't good :-(
  • Oziel B.
    Oziel BorgesMarch 20
    Very nice place. Great coffee
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanSeptember 14, 2016
    This place is massive and has tons of space for working
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockAugust 4, 2016
    Soooo goooood
  • Tara T.
    Tara TaraJuly 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Why are all of the CG Baristas so unfriendly?
  • Julien D.
    Julien DubarryJune 9, 2016
    Their coffee is VERY good!
  • Chris O.
    Chris O'BrienMay 27, 2016
    Great coffee, fast wi-fi, big room with tons of table space in the back. I think I just found my new favorite place to get work done!
  • Michael
    MichaelMay 6, 2016
    Home to HBO series Girls, great coffee, open space, light buzz, great place to get work done
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicApril 26, 2016
    Great place for working, solid wifi and amazing coffee.
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MMarch 8, 2016
    Great cappuccino
  • Sibel A.
    Sibel AkcekayaMarch 5, 2016
    Great work/study environment as it is on the very quiet street..Good coffee and very spacious and gets lots of light
  • Brian G.
    Brian Grogan Jr.January 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Wifi: CheryIsWeb / 193meserole
  • Brian G.
    Brian Grogan Jr.January 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great, flavorful coffee roasted on premises. Large, communal tables in the back, quiet, library-like atmosphere makes it ideal for bringing a laptop and getting some work done.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateOctober 31, 2015
    Flat white + beans
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VSeptember 26, 2015
    Every time I wanna get a coffee here its always so crowded!
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 21, 2015
    Iced latte has a high milk to coffee ratio
  • Sensible S.
    Sensible SocialiteSeptember 16, 2015
    Good coffee but the atmosphere makes me feel like I'm yelling in a library.
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MartzJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Roasts its own beans behind the shop + lots of room to work + free wifi!
  • Kristina M.
    Kristina MJuly 18, 2015
    cold brew!
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AllonJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in NYC hands down
  • Gabriel P.
    Gabriel PuliattiMay 27, 2015
    Best café in Greenpoint. Large, comfortable and great atmosphere.
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GammieMay 14, 2015
    Great place to work, with big tables, quiet music (think library), and lots of natural light. All that seasoned with really good coffee!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LoryApril 18, 2015
    Chill cafe with great espresso based drinks
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJanuary 22, 2015
    Great coffee and great service was a nice way to close our ddy.
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MartzJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great people with a lot of space to work and of course great coffee.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LamDecember 21, 2014
    Great local coffee spot. The coffee baristas are chipper and nice despite the Grumpy title. The coffee is one of the best tasting coffee in NYC. Totally worth it.
  • Tara T.
    Tara TaraDecember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All of the baristas are awesome minus the rude glasses/big hair lady. I asked for more chocolate in my cocoa, told me how "they do it" & then proceeded to shoot tons of syrup in the cup. Thanks, jerk.
  • Evan W.
    Evan WaldenNovember 16, 2014
    Great place to get work done. Free wifi and good coffee!
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JorgensonNovember 6, 2014
    Great place to buy freshly roasted, quality beans (Malacara makes a rich, smooth cup), and the baristas can prepare anything fancy you'd like.
  • Betty C.
    Betty COctober 22, 2014
    Overpriced coffee
  • Peter L.
    Peter LindbergAugust 26, 2014
    I like their coffee beans. Cappuccino was quite well made. Really liked the black pepper/cardamom banana bread.
  • Dr. P.
    Dr. PloinkyAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best espressos I've had in Brooklyn or Manhattan. This ain't no cookie cutter Starbucks.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyAugust 9, 2014
    Best cold brew in NYC.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RamanAugust 7, 2014
    Good meeting spot. Pretty quiet and somewhat empty during weekdays
  • Eater
    EaterMay 1, 2014
    This coffee shop eventually grew to include several locations as well as an in­house roastery as of 2009—plus its own role in HBO’s Girls. The staff includes three certified Q Graders. Read more
  • Dmitry P.
    Dmitry PospelovDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Great coffee in Greenpoint. Read more
  • Tom P.
    Tom PavlichNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Just put a Revenge From Mars in 3D machine in the back by the roasters! $0.50 a game // 3 games for $1.00.
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MatadamaNovember 11, 2013
    The music and vibe great! Try any muffin!
  • Zach H.
    Zach HarrisSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be a chump. Order a Gibralter off menu like a boss.
  • ⭐️Leslie H.
    ⭐️Leslie Horn⭐️September 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Here is where you can get coffee!
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BekSeptember 9, 2013
    Walked in and walked right back out. Stinks of pretentiousness.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 6, 2013
    You may arrive grumpy at this cafe, located within walking distance from Prospect Park, but you'll leave happy after trying their Guatemalan coffee.
    Downvoted Apr 25
  • Adam B.
    Adam BurrowsJuly 11, 2013
    I think there's a hint of cardamom in the banana bread. Just so you know.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BurksJuly 10, 2013
    There's a book share in the back.
  • Jaqueline I.
    Jaqueline IJuly 6, 2013
    Love the blueberry pie cookie!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MorganJune 28, 2013
    The iced coffee was too acidic. Not impressed. :/
  • Alan C.
    Alan CMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee and other such drinks. BUT...the slowest Internet on earth. What is this dial up?
  • Agata R.
    Agata RkwczMay 22, 2013
    Great place, an island in the ugly neighborhood, good coffee, nice service, can be confused with apple store :) they make cafe au lait not like in the EU but they are aware of that :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    The last shop standing of the four-store Grumpy empire to allow computer use, this neighborhoody spot is often as quiet as a library on weekends.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    One of our favorite overall cafe/roasting operations in NYC, this local chain has a green coffee buyer that does direct trade with coffee farmers for all of their coffee & roasts it in Greenpoint. Read more
  • Soapy J.
    Soapy JankelApril 3, 2013
    Amazingly tasty coffee and cool merchandise too!
  • Alessandro O.
    Alessandro OrsiniMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the Best cappuccio so far in New York !
  • Chris K.
    Chris KisselMarch 23, 2013
    I stole your MacBook Pro
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CociMarch 12, 2013
    Flat whites make an Aussie feel at home :)
  • Sami A.
    Sami AvilesMarch 6, 2013
    Try any of the single origin coffees. Way, way better than any cafe latte.
  • Katrina M.
    Katrina MauroFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the The Bee’s Knees - So gorgeous and soooo delicious.
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Try the hot chocolate... as seen on "Girls" :)
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNJanuary 22, 2013
    Famous in the coffee shop working community long before it became famous through HBO's Girls. Greenpoint haunt with top coffee and tea, big tables, pleasant vibe.
  • Avi S.
    Avi SabanJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bad service, good coffee.
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea CarterNovember 16, 2012
    Not a lot of places to relax and stretch out, but very good drip coffee and great service!
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    This, the original branch of Cafe Grumpy, is a favorite spot of ours for good coffee and getting work done. Lots of tables, a smattering of plugs, and sometimes overwhelmed wifi. Top notch baked goods Read more
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    This, the original branch of Cafe Grumpy, is a favorite spot of ours for working good coffee. Lots of tables, a smattering of plugs, and sometimes overwhelmed wifi. Top notch baked goods.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongOctober 21, 2012
    Pay with Square! Also, the banana bread has a pleasant spicy kick.
  • Jo L.
    Jo LeavensSeptember 14, 2012
    Love the black iced tea!
  • Dali's D.
    Dali's DollSeptember 8, 2012
    Come by bike and get a discount! Woo!
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MurrayAugust 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee I've ever had. Iced or hot.
  • HBO
    HBOAugust 9, 2012
    Girls happened here. Hannah donned pants with “a slim leg” and joined Ray as a barista at this BK coffee spot.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.August 4, 2012
    Go say hi to Hannah Horvath.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JunterealJuly 30, 2012
    Decent americano....yet, I prob the only person here now without a MacBook.
  • Kaitlyn E.
    Kaitlyn EJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drinks are pricey, come in small sizes, and are nothing spectacular.
  • chris t.
    chris torrensMay 25, 2012
    Not grumpy. Friendly. And tasty coffee too. Wi-fi seems a bit spotty.
  • Futonland.com
    Futonland.comMay 23, 2012
    Best coffee in neighborhood. Latte with an extra shot will make your day!
  • streng New York
    streng New YorkMay 15, 2012
    The espresso is fantastic and the staff is friendly. Best coffee in Greenpoint.
  • Ethikus
    EthikusApril 29, 2012
    Cafe Grumpy is an ethical & sustainable cafe participating in Shop Your Values Week! Pledge now to get discounts at 200+ businesses in NYC from May 3-10, 2012. #SYVW Read more
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CrawfordMarch 11, 2012
    Thanks for the tasty coffee, and letting me use your wifi when I was unemployed and the internet hadn't been set up at my new apartment.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    They roast their own coffee here, and it's usually great. Try a single origin espresso or pourover and something from their Essex St bakery. A good number of plugs but sometimes overwhelmed wifi.
  • Peter C.
    Peter CuceDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They roast their own coffee here, and they're usually great. Try a guest espresso or pourover and a treat baked by them on the Lower East Side. A good number of plugs but sometimes overwhelmed wifi.
  • Josh C.
    Josh CarrafaNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    copo mico!
  • Oren S.
    Oren SNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I recommend trying the coffee.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HarrisOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Giabralter, an off menu special, and my go to drink at Grumpy.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeungSeptember 29, 2011
    Trivia: the owner saw a lot of cafes that served average coffee with happy people inside. He decided to do the opposite. Good coffee with grumpy people inside : )
  • Zach G.
    Zach GlassAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best iced coffee in NY
  • Janiejaner G.
    Janiejaner GrenierJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The baked goods improve every week (but I still miss Scratchbread).
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 25, 2011
    Brewed to order, it's the best cup of coffee you'll find in the area hands down! Try their Ethiopian bean in a macchiato for a intensely fruity cup.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WeeseJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in Greenpoint. Slow internet
  • Janiejaner G.
    Janiejaner GrenierMay 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The Kenya's bangin' but I still miss the Honduras :(
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerMay 1, 2011
    Mint iced tea rocks!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    Café Grumpy has all the high-tech gear, including Clover drip-coffee brewers and the Synesso espresso machine.
  • Janiejaner G.
    Janiejaner GrenierApril 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes, the Honduras pour-over is worth the money...
  • Mary
    MaryMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the carrot-cream cheese-strawberry muffin!!
  • Janiejaner G.
    Janiejaner GrenierFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    TIL that a Gibralter is like a cortado, but better...
  • MixedBunny
    MixedBunnyDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their pumpkin carrot cream cheese muffin is my fave :)
  • Corvida R.
    Corvida RavenSeptember 22, 2010
    They have great service here. Just ask for anything. The folks are really nice and helpful.
  • KIT T.
    KIT TENAugust 31, 2010
    Miss the brownies from red hook, but you can still get em down the street @ a rival coffee shop . Still i love BOTH places. But this is the place to relax, yes its possible .......caffeinne and all...
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 27, 2010
    Great coffee and great professional service! Try the coffee from Guatemala with a pumpkin cream cheese muffin.
  • Nick V.
    Nick VolpeJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great iced coffee but closes early at 7 on weekdays. =(
  • Henry W. N.
    Henry W. NgJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great coffee, pastries, muffins, and veggie sandwiches. Plus some decent art hanging on the walls which rotate periodically.
  • luke
    lukeMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    order a cortado - the perfect ratio of espresso to milk.
  • Jen B.
    Jen BallMarch 5, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Turn off all your technology and sit here for an hour with a good book and a latté.
  • William S.
    William S.March 4, 2010
    Earl grey tea is awesome! The sandwiches are not so fresh though. Best to skip them.
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