Drink City; Photo - GettyManhattan User's Guide has a nice roundup of some new and old places for a drink. Gothamist is most interested in Shebeen (202 Mott Street) - "Irish name, South African owners, in the middle of Chinatown and Little Italy, occasional African music played."

Also, MUG mentions the bar at Tom Valenti's newest UWS venture, 'Cesca (164 W. 75th Street). The bar is nice and roomy, plus provides some funny people watching. Apparently the bar menu will expand to offer the entire menu. When Gothamist visited, we were amused when very done-up women walked inside, took a look around and left after seeing there were no single men around. We tried the Sicilian Screw at 'Cesca, and though we ordered it for childish reasons (Screw - heh!), it was a rather delicious citrusy drink. Bless you, Tom Valenti, for trying to better Upper West Siders' tastebuds one block at a time.

Tom Valenti's "Chef on a Shoestring" menu of Endive Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette, Poached Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Spinach, and Pistachio-Fig Tart .