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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...

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