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It's all smiles at Cafe Grumpy
It's all smiles at Cafe Grumpy

NEW YORK — Until last year, Café Grumpy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was mostly known as a destination for the serious coffee drinker, the type of place where each modestly sized cup is individually brewed and goes for $4 a pop. Now, thanks to "Girls," the polarizing HBO series in which Lena Dunham stars as Hannah Horvath, a self-involved writer and reluctant Café Grumpy barista, and Alex Karpovsky as Ray, her angsty, thirtysomething boss, the shop has achieved a measure of fame that extends well beyond New York's coffee connoisseurs. Like Tom's Restaurant, the Upper West Side diner whose exterior stood in for Monk's Cafe on "Seinfeld," or Magnolia Bakery, where Carrie and Miranda feasted on...

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