Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village.
For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F’s and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it’s not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they’ve got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi.
Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can’t beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn’t want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn’t remember exactlt where it was and didn’t feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn’t even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I ended up staying 2 and a half hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes for the SAUCE .
So, anyway, that’s it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City.
I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GRANDED COFFEE ,
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
They Play GREAT MUSIC
Mostly CLASSIC ROCK :
“I LOVE IT” !!!
Today’s Set List :
SWEET – YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN
FREE RIDE by Grand Funck Railroad
The ROLLING STONES – Gimme Shelter
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
PINBALL WIZARD –
PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE of THE MOON
STEPPINWOLF “MAGIC CARPET RIDE”
MARK BOLAN “GET IT ON BANGA GONG”
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “DON’T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE” ?
and Much MORE …
The late great JOSH OZERSKY once proclaimed The BURGER at Raouls’ French Bistro on Prince Street in Soho, New York “America’s Best Burger.” Well, the Burger is pretty Dam Good but we don’t think we’d proclaim it the Best in America. Maybe among America’s Best, but we’d not say America’s Single # 1 Best Burger in the USA. We loved Josh, we miss him and his wonderfully unique style and utter enthusiasm, and that when he loved something, he call it “New York’s Best,” or America’s Best as in the case for Josh’s love for the Burger at Raoul’s of which just 12 are made per night.
We highly respect Josh and his decision, and Josh was usually right or not far off the mark, so we’ll call The Burger at Raoul’s one of New York’s Best, or one of America’s most wonderful Burgers, just not the single best.
A Night at RAOUL’S
REMEMBERING JOSH OZERSKY
The BADASS COOKBOOK
Learn The Secrets
to a GREAT BURGER
And How to Make The PERFECT STEAK
I Love thee So
Do You Love Me?
It matters not
My love for thee, is unrequited
Whether you love me or not
Still thee do I Love
You’re warm You’re Hot
I Love It HOT !
Oh so Good
I need you
whether or not
you need me …
Still, you’re always there
Each and every day
every morning the Year thorugh
Year After Year
and I have thee
whether or not you want me
Kind of like Love
Still, you’re always there
I have you two or three times a day
You comfort me
you’re always there
you can be bitter at times
but I love when you’re Hot!
Coffee, Thanks for your Comfort, your taste
I Love thee so
a Poem by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
WHEN WILL IT END ?