Whether you’re trying to escape your roommates or simply need a place to work that’s not full of distractions (“I’ll get down to business right after I re-grout the shower!”), Grounded, in the West Village, is the kind of spot that feels like home away from home—if home resembled Havana, Cuba. Filled with beautiful green plants hanging above dark wooden furniture, the café has speedy, reliable Wi-Fi, so you can get your work done fast. Take heed: There is a two-hour café limit, but it’s not strictly enforced—we’ve worked there for eight-hour stretches and have never been kicked out. However, there is one serious distraction at Grounded: their organic menu, featuring tasty breakfast wraps, delicious smoothies, and, yes, tons of caffeine.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013