$-Jacques Torres -If you've ever wondered what the inside of Willy
Wonka's factory may have looked like or smelled like, then step into Jacque
Torres. Try the Mexican hot chocolate for an unexpected spicy kick to the
classic warm drink.
$-Blockheads - 951 Amsterdam Avenue. Burritos the size of your plate and
$4 margaritas. Need we go on??
$$- Jacob's Pickles - Pickles are the bedrock of this sprawling and fun-lov-
ing café, inspired to look like an old-fashioned Jewish deli, and the pickles
end up in nearly everything. The breakfast and ridiculously large biscuit
sandwiches are not to be missed. 509 Amsterdam Avenue
Where to Drink and Party:
$$-The Dead Poet -450 Amsterdam Avenue #1, New York, NY 10024. This
bar will please any literary nerd as the cocktails are named after dead writers
and poets. They're hauntingly good.
$-Prohibition -The Jazz Themed Bar offers a long cocktail list and live band
performances nightly. 503 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
$-Dive 75 - 101 West 75th Street, New York, NY 10023. This bar isn't as di-
vey as you would expect from the name, but offers a large menu of drinks,
board games, and you drink your beers out of a fish tank