- Amsterdam Billiards
110 E. 11th St., nr. Fourth Ave.; 212-995-0333
Just because the country’s No. 1 nine-ball player, “Iceman” Mika Immonen, regularly rules over one of Amsterdam Billiards’ front VIP tables doesn’t mean you have to be a shark to survive here. On the contrary, many patrons are casual shooters looking for well-maintained tables and a non-trashy bar. To wit: Each of the 25 Brunswick tables are cleaned every night (versus once a week, if you’re lucky, at other pool halls) and re-felted every few months. While prime-time weekend rates are a bit steep (from $8.75 an hour per person), the late-night Power Play ($29 per table, Sunday to Thursday) are hugely popular with strapped NYU students. The ambience: upscale pool-hall heaven, with a curved bar (and even curvier bar staff), plasma TVs, generously spaced tables, and oak everywhere.
Best Pool Hall
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).