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Cava: Let's get right to the point: This is a place to take your folks. After all, you're going to be looking for a place to sit after your visit to the Museum of Natural History...and a lot of these other Amsterdam Ave. joints are pretty frat-tastic. Since ma and dad might not be in the mood for jello shots (okay, maybe dad is), this spot offers have an inviting area for a healthy glass of something Spanish ($9-15) and a nibble of Caribbean. Accordingly, the place isn't exactly Cava-nous. Instead, it's cozy with many of the familiar wine bar trappings: low lighting, sprinkled seating, small bar (no liquor here) and adorned ceiling, all permeated with music playing slightly-too-loudly. The good news is that the staff is amicable, which means you won't have to hear the "snotty waiter" story every time you return home for the holidays. If you aren’t so keen on wine, make sure you're with someone who is (like your mom). And most of all, relax: After a few plates and a decent bottle, you can escape down the street for a shot of Jäger...actually, better make it a double.