I'm meeting a friend from Seattle just to catch up and am looking for a quiet coffee place that will meet a Seattleites coffee standards and I've heard good things about Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea? Has anyone been? Any other suggesitons in the area would be great.
I really like the space and vibe at Grounded on Jane between W. 4th and Greenwich Ave. I can't vouch for the regular coffee, but the chider (chai tea & cider) is very good. Grounded strikes me as the type of place that takes its coffee seriously, so I'd give it a try. I'd be curious to hear reviews on the caliber of Grounded's coffee from other 'hounds.
Grumpy has excellent coffee. Not the coziest place for hanging out though.
Although the Jacks at the Seaport that another poster mentioned is a bit far away for you, Jacks original shop in the West Village is outstanding - excellent fair trade coffee, and a rustic, dare I say hippie-ish vibe. It's quite small though, but then again Grumpy doesn' t have a ton of seating either. It's on West 10th St between Greenwich Ave & Waverly Place.
Another option could be to go to the Chelsea Market & go to 9th St Espresso. Kick ass espresso drinks. I don't think they have seating of their own but there are many other places to sit in the very funky and cool Chelsea Market.
The Jack's in the West Village was great. Joe's is also right there but Jack's seems a little less clustered. Cafe Grumpy's has good coffee and the staff is nice but I sometimes have major guilt pains when I plunk down $7.00 for a cup of coffee. I don't care if it is a clover machine....
I don't think you can beat Grumpy for pure coffee quality. Both the espresso and regular coffees are out of this world (and coffee is not $7 a cup; more like $2-4). The problem with the place is it gets very crowded, and the temperature rises to uncomfortable levels. I buy a bag of beans there every week or so, but I've stopped drinking coffee there because it's like sitting in a sauna, even when it's empty. You might want to try what used to be called Ninth Street Espresso. It's got a different name now, but it's still makes a killer espresso, and it's a very low-key place. It's at 13th St. between 3rd and 4th avenues.