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Cafe Grumpy, Made Famous by HBO's 'Girls,' Coming to Midtown

 Cafe Grumpy, the coffee shop and bakery made famous by HBO's "Girls," is opening a new location in Midtown in Summer 2013.
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MIDTOWN — Cafe Grumpy is coming to Midtown.

The Brooklyn-based coffee shop and bakery, made famous by the HBO series "Girls," is opening its fifth outpost on West 39th Street, just three blocks shy of the heart of Times Square.

"We're excited," founder and owner Caroline Bell, 38, said. "It's a great address, another real New York area. And it's a nice clean space to start with — we don't have to gut renovate anything."

The cafe, which Bell hopes to open by August, marks the fifth outpost for Cafe Grumpy, which first opened in Greenpoint in 2005. It has two other locations in Manhattan in the Lower East Side and Chelsea.

"As long as we're off the F or G train, we're all set," said Bell, who lives in Park Slope.

And despite the mid-Manhattan zip code and the storefront just off Seventh Avenue, the cafe is staying true to its Brooklyn roots, with a bar hand-made by one of the Greenpoint cafe customers.

Cafe Grumpy gained nationwide fame as the workplace for "Girls" character and curmudgeon Ray Ploshansky, played by Alex Karpovsky, who is tasked with opening a new Cafe Grumpy at the end of last season.

"We didn't know it was going to be such a big thing," Bell said, referring to Grumpy's occasional appearances in the show. Asked whether viewers will see the Times Square outpost: "Ray has his own store now, so I don't know. But we'll see."