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Manhattan is an infinite concrete web of streets and alleys, filled to the brim with every type of store imaginable from every area on Earth. Italian salumerias and cafès in Little Italy, herbal shops and restaurants that purvey foreign delicacies in Chinatown, French brasseries in midtown, and more. Among all these places is a little restaurant on Bedford Street called Chumley’s. Unless you’re paying extra close attention, you won’t even notice it. There’s no sign or plaque. The only distinguishable feature is the antique green door, covered by a black canvas awning and windscreen. The facade fools the onlooker as to what lies behind that turquoise door. Upon entering, you’re immediately greeted by a floral pattern wallpaper that is barely visible behind the numerous frames containing pictures of old newspapers, magazines and famous literary figures. A woman dressed in a tight fitting burgundy dress materializes from behind a door and…