I first heard about Amsterdam Tavern from the fictional novel, “Ellington Boulevard” by Adam Langer. Although Langer referred to the watering hole by another name in his book, I had a weird feeling it was based on a real bar. In fact, the author lives in the neighborhood, so I decided to do a little investigative work and look for it. My assumption was correct, and what I found was a fairly quiet spot for a Friday night in Morningside Heights. Not many of the ubiquitous Columbia University crowd could be found there. (Inside Tip: If you are into the Ivy League, undergrad scene, check out the Village Pourhouse’s Upper West Side location, rooftop hangout The Heights or dive bar 1020.) The cozy, little bar plays sports on its many flatscreen TVs, spins indie rock music on the stereo, cooks delicious snacks in the kitchen and serves a wide variety of draft beers at the bar. Check out the food and drink menus at amsterdamtavernnyc.com.