Best Shishas (2008)
Rock the casbah at RICO CAFÉ, where the Egyptian shishas ($7) get packed with banana tobacco. The eclectic storefront is a hodgepodge of exotic artifacts, mismatched chairs, and exposed brick. But what sets this place apart is its hospitality: Brightly colored sheaths fit for Tutankhamen were slipped over our heads, and when the funky Arabic sounds of al-jil got us up and writhing, our host, Mike, Prince of Egypt, joined in and taught us some moves. Alcohol's a Muslim no-no, but, hey, this is Alphabet City, so Heinekens and Coronas ($4) are on offer.