Café Grumpy Greenpoint was one of the first premium coffee joints to open in NYC. Since opening its doors in 2005, owners Caroline Bell and Chris Timbrell have added outposts in Chelsea, Park Slope and the LES, as well as an in-house roastery at the Greenpoint location. Grumpy are among the best in the business – and they also do flat whites! No meals, but you can pick up a delicious sweet treat to go with your coffee. They also hold regular coffee cuppings and barista training for anyone who’s interested – check their site for dates and info.

Cute hole in the wall, with a little bench outside that’s perfect for watching the world go by. The Café Grumpy Bakery is right next door too.
Location: 13 Essex St (Hester and Canal)
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-7.30pm, Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 7.30am-8pm, Sun 7.30am-7.30pm
Subway: F to East Broadway or Delancey-Essex St; J, M, Z to Delancey-Essex St.
Close to: Hester St Market, The Sweet Life, Brown, Bacaro.

The biggest Grumpy of all, a great spot!
Location: 193 Meserole Ave (at Diamond)
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-7pm, Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm
Subway: G to Nassau or Greenpoint Ave
Close to: McGolrick Park, Word Independent Bookstore, Five Leaves, McCarren Park.

Nice space with plenty of room, and outdoor seating in the summer. No laptops!
Location: 224 West 20th St (7th Ave and 8th Ave)
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-8pm, Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-8pm
Subway: A C E to 14th St or 23rd St; 1 2 to 18th St; L to 14th St; F M to 23rd St
Close to: Westville (if Elle’s your server tip her good!), Barneys Co-op, Rubin Museum of Art, Tekserve, Chelsea Markets.

Limited seating, but there aren’t many options out here, so no complaints!
Location: 383 7th Ave (11th St and 12th St)
Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-7.30pm, Fri 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7.30pm
Subway: F to 7th Ave-Park Slope; G to 7th Ave-Park Slope
Close to: Ladybird Bakery, Prospect Park Bandshell/Ballfields, Southside Coffee.