Willow Billiards arms pros and beginners with chalked cues for two hours of 8-ball action paired with delicious brews. More than 10 new Brunswick Gold Crown III tables and two antique Peter Vitalie Lord Nelson tables cushion stricken balls with a half-dozen cozy pockets. Lined with 14 brass-rimmed stools, a fully stocked mahogany bar stretches for 22 feet and decants drafts (up to $5 each). Willow Billiards flanks its libation station and abundance of tables with an exposed brick interior ornamented with mahogany wood and illumined by brass and onyx lamps. Tournaments occupy numerous tables on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, so customers should take the limited availability into consideration on those evenings.
With a full complement of Brunswick Gold Crown tables punctuating the pool hall with swatches of green felt, Crown Billiards offers ample space for pool enthusiasts of all levels. Weekly tournaments give seasoned players a chance to show off and compete for cash prizes, while amateur leagues gives beginners a chance to work on their games. The resident pool pro Carmen Lombardo gives tips to players and offers lessons for an additional fee. Crown Billiards also houses a cue repair shop and a full kitchen, which serves coffee, snacks, and hot sandwiches.
Craving finger food? Head to Amsterdam Billiards and Bar and chow down on classic pub fare. The menu at Amsterdam Billiards and Bar does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Amsterdam Billiards and Bar has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Amsterdam Billiards and Bar patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the E 11th St location.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Amsterdam Billiards and Bar.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Society Billiards, a local favorite. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. You can also catch the latest scores on the TVs in the bar. Parents, bring your kids along to Society Billiards, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Society Billiards has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the bar's reservations.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
One harbors certain expectations when entering a jazz club in New York City. A list of classic cocktails is a must, and it goes without saying that smooth, soulful music should be playing at all times. A night at Fat Cat might prove to be a jarring experience in light of such expectations. Cocktails and jazz are certainly well represented, but the club’s patrons eschew hushed reverence. Any musicians who take the stage must be prepared to compete with the clacking of billiard balls and the cheers that break out during foosball games. Fortunately, they are so talented that they nearly always win out. After their sets, they might even join in on lively games of backgammon, chess, and “Who Wants to Pay the Bar Tab?”.