Dill Pickle Martini and Cracklings

31 Great Jones Street bet. Bowery & Lafayette Streets

I like reserving the remaining brine from a jar of pickles so that I can add it to chilled vodka. (Sometimes I'll even take a straight sip of it. I find the salty -sour flavor refreshing.) Does anyone else do that? When I saw the Dill Pickle Martini on Five Points' drinks menu, it felt like a cocktail that was formulated just pour moi. An equally thrilling discovery was that pork cracklings are offered as a bar snack ($6), which makes the perfect accompaniment. I usually come to Five Points for brunch, but it'll now also be classified in my mind as a neighborhood bar.