Coffee

From Bean to Brew: Inside the Café Grumpy Roastery

Cafe_Grumpy_Sack_Rosie_de_belgeonneGrumpy by name, awesome by nature, Café Grumpy has been one of Greenpoint’s most beloved coffee shops for almost a decade and now, with the addition of a new roastery, there’s even more to love.

Founded on the corner of Meserole Avenue and Diamond Street in 2005, Grumpy has since spread to five other locations including their most recent opening at Grand Central Station, where they triumphantly replaced a Starbucks. The cafe also brushed with fame during its starring role in HBO’s Girls.

In 2009 Grumpy started roasting their own beans in the back room of the Greenpoint cafe, but this year’s increased production demands led them to seek out a larger roasting space. Fortunately an ex-floristry warehouse just a few buildings down became available and their coffee-roasting palace was born. I met up with head bean buyer and ‘coffee educator’ Cheryl Kingan who gave me a grand tour of the roastery and the low down on the entire process of bean to brew. Continue reading

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On view now at Cafe Grumpy: “The American Lens” by Jeremy Fink

An exploration of the iconic ©Jeremy Fink

If you ask yourself the deep questions before your morning coffee, head over to Cafe Grumpy on 193 Meserole to get your cup of Joe and slice of America while Jeremy Fink’s project The American Lens is up. What makes an icon? Where is this country headed? What’s happening to immigration reform? Am I really eating a biscuit made with kale + pinenuts + gruyere? Continue reading

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Ovenly Goods Now on Offer to East River Ferry Commuters

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Morning Coffee Fix from Ovenly

Rely on the East River Ferry to get to work? Pleased that it’s back up and running from Greenpoint? Well, here’s some news to make your morning ferry ride even cheerier…

The thoughtful folks at Ovenly are now taking their wares onto India Street Pier each morning to provide bleary-eyed commuters with their daily coffee fix. Continue reading

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Art On View Now at Variety Cafe

Variety Cafe Group Show © Andrew Guenther

If coffee is your lifeblood, then at some point you’ve ordered your 3rd small light roast of the afternoon at Variety Cafe (Let’s face it, you’re a regular everywhere). This month, the Variety at 145 Driggs & Russell is also serving up some amazing art via an exhibition curated by artist Andrew Guenther.

On view now: a series of paintings created by Andrew and re-worked by a number of local artists, including Jack Early, Tiffany Pollack, and D.L. Sparks. Sip your coffee, enjoy your croissant, and take in your daily dose of art. Continue reading

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Charlotte Patisserie’s Expands to Offer a Full Service Menu & More!

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Perfect summertime brunch now offered at Charlotte Patisserie
We can all agree that Greenpoint majorly delivers on the foodie front – with one exception – lunch. The biggest complaint I get (and I get ALOT of complaints) is that there aren’t a TON of lunch spots to chose from. We Greenpointers want choices! Well, guess who just rolled out not only a new lunch menu, but also dinner AND brunch service, that also includes wine? Charlotte Patisserie on Manhattan Ave. And don’t forget their incredible outdoor space and the infinite array of drool-worthy desserts! Continue reading

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Video: Coffee Talk with Tim Wendelboe

Greenpointers recently met Tim Wendelboe, world renowned coffee-roaster, educator, entrepreneur, and author of “Finca Tamana” and “Coffee with Tim Wendelboe.” He was in New York City a couple of weeks ago for a quick stopover before heading to Seattle for the 26th Annual SCAA Expo (that’s Specialty Coffee Association of America, duh). Wendelboe’s micro-roastery in Norway is famous its lightly roasted, exclusive selection of beans. Tim goes into some of the finer details of what “light roast” means in the video below. Continue reading

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Coco Launch their Brunch Menu (and it’s Awesome!)

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Quinoa and Red Rice Porridge at Coco

In January, the space next door to Coco 66 reopened under Manhattan restaurateur Michael Callahan.  The new restaurant, Coco (68 Greenpoint Ave), wowed us with a fresh and delicious dinner menu that included dishes such as Bourbon-Butter Grilled Oysters, a whopping great Double-Thick Pork Chop, and inventively prepared seasonal veg. The selection of late night bar food (served until 2am) also caught our eye with amazing Pickled Egg Sandwiches and $5 Cheeseburgers.

Now, nicely timed with the arrival of spring, they’ve started serving weekend brunch (10am-4pm), with a cracking menu devised by Head Chef Joe Capozzi (formerly of The Fat Radish) and consulting chef Julie Farias. Continue reading

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Five Leaves Crate Opens at Rough Trade

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Five Leaves Crate at Rough Trade

It’s been a busy year for Five Leaves owner Jud Mongell. In January his ever-popular Greenpoint eatery went bicoastal with the launch of L.A. Chapter, a Five Leaves-inspired restaurant at Ace Hotel LA.

Only three months later and another Five Leaves spin-off is already up and running, this time a little closer to home in the form of Five Leaves Crate, a pop-up cafe in collaboration with Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th St). Continue reading

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Greenpoint Cheap Eats Diaries Volume 1: Peter Pan

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Cheap Eats Destination Number One: Peter Pan Donuts

We love cheap food. And we don’t just mean your regular budget-friendly fare. We’re talking down and dirty, there’s-only-$12-left-in-your-bank-account cheap food.

Our mission is to find satisfying, delicious meals for under $5-$7 per person. Rosie and I are going to wade through this wasteland of small plates and $15 kale salads to bring you the very cheapest of the cheap. It’s no easy task, but we (and by we I mean me, Gina) are willing to try just about anything (keep an eye out for our White Burger post) in the name of broke-ness.

To kick things off we met for a power breakfast at Peter Pan, which we have deemed the best breakfast bang for your buck in, quite possibly, all of North Brooklyn. There, we said it. Continue reading

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Littleneck Lobster Rolls Coming to Greenpoint Soon!

Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin in front of soon-to-be Littleneck Outpost

The duo behind the much loved Gowanus seafood restaurant Littleneck are all set to unveil their newest venture in Greenpoint in April. The new cafe, aptly named Littleneck Outpost, will be located at 128 Franklin Street, right next door to Shayz Lounge and at the corner of Milton Street.

When we met with owners Aaron Lefkove and Andy Curtin they told us that the plan is to keep the Greenpoint cafe as more of a daytime operation than its Gowanus counterpart. They will start brewing La Colombe coffee and serving breakfast to early birds from around 7am, then continue through until early evening. Continue reading

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