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Earl's Beer and Cheese: If you had to think of one of the oddest spots in Manhattan to locate a hip craft beer bar, it might be 97th Street and Park. Earl’s Beer and Cheese is minuscule, even by Manhattan standards, but the regulars have already built a great esprit de corps in the neighborhood. The four beer taps (try the Southern Tier Hop Sun, $5) and several bottle and canned options are reasonably priced and hard to find elsewhere (“Genny” Cream for only $3!). Meanwhile, the food menu offers some great snacking choices (seasonal pickle plate, $6) or even larger meal options (pot pie, $12)—there’s even free ground beef-covered hot dogs on Mondays! Of course, it’s all about the cheese, and Earl’s has plenty: from goat cheese, chicken, and rosemary mac’n’cheese ($8), to NY-state beer cheese ($6), this place is National Dairy Council-approved. Trains fly by, police cars speed around you, joggers quit their jogs early for a quick nip. Bring your dog, bring your baby, bring an empty liver.