East Village Coffee Shops: Mud


Entering Mud

The third in a series of East Village Podcasts features on local, East Village coffee shops. Yesterday’s feature was The Bean.


On 9th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues is Mud, the coffee shop better known for its vehicular version. The orange “Mud” truck has been parked near the uptown Astor Place stop on the 6 train since 2001 and done “land office” business such that it has inspired imitators.

When I stopped by on Sunday, Mud did not seem to have a working air conditioner. Consequently, a chilly, iced tea was chosen. I’d already had a couple cuppas that day.. I felt I needed to lay off the coffee for at least one stop.

Mud may have a name which suggests coffee – and its history is the truck, after all – but this isn’t much of a coffee shop though some may disagree. It is more of a restaurant posing as a coffee shop. There is a front counter but even there few, if any, customers have just a cuppa.

In fact, I was so hungry that I overcame any reservations and ordered Huevos Rancheros with my iced tea.

Mud's Huevos Rancheros

Mud’s Huevos Rancheros

Upon arrival, the brunch dish was small and seemed like something I could make. And that’s never a good sign. A fried egg on top of a hard tortilla shell with rice and beans beneath and avocado on top: yes, I can make that.

3 minutes after the dish arrived, it had been consumed. I remained sweaty from the warm temperatures of Mud which can’t hurt in that I’m trying to watch my man-ish figure. I asked for the bill ($17 with tip), a bit pricey for what I received, and left for the cooler climate of the sidewalk.

Free Wi-Fi?

No idea. Mud isn’t conducive to using your computer other than a surreptitious iPhone. No one had a computer that I saw. And, I was too hot to remember to check if there was Wi-Fi access.

Sweaty Fellow Customers

Sweaty Fellow Customers

Tomorrow: B Cup


June 3rd, 2008

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