2007_03_arts_bestof.jpgNY Mag's Best of New York is out. Want to know what's good in your hood? Here's a handy little chart that will direct you to just that. Here's a glance at some of the more fun categories:

Best impromptu dance party: No Malice Palace, 197 East 3rd Street (take that cabaret laws!).

Best zoo animal: Sasha the Siberian tiger, Bronx Zoo.

Cheap men's haircut: Frank's Chop Shop, 19 Essex Street. (Wu-Tang Clan and actor Rick Gonzalez-approved!)

Best dim sum: Chinatown Brasserie, 380 Lafayette St (not in Chinatown!).

Best dive bar: Cordato's Deli and Bar, 94 1/2 Greenwich St. The bar through a door in the back of the deli sounds...interesting. From their description: "the spirit of the Pussycat Lounge seeps in from next door as girls give stool-top lap dances to ruddy-cheeked suits, do-ragged gangstas, and ground-zero workers. The melting pot occasionally boils over—last year, an off-duty cop accidentally shot a man who knocked over his beer."

And finally, the best loop-the-loop roller coaster goes to Talon...which is in Pennsylvania.

The list goes on and on and on, and even includes the best places to purchase inexpensive items for your living room. Just as a lot of their best of picks however, even the "budget" suggestions for this are a little bit pricey.