Jef Klein

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Jef Klein is the author of The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York, published by Turner Publishing in 2006 (third printing in 2013).


Klein was born Jennifer Pimentel in Hillsdale, NJ, and nicknamed "Jef" as a child. She spent 14 years working in the restaurant industry in New Jersey and New York City, and helped organize a restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ, under the Communications Workers of America, acting as Shop Steward and Vice President. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1982 with a degree in Art History, and worked in New York City for City Harvest and The Paley Center for Media, as well as for Princeton University, before becoming a writer full-time. She currently lives in Providence, RI, and also writes under the pen name Jane Vassar.[1]



Winner of 2006 USABookNews History: Media/Entertainment award.

Silver medal winner of the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction in the U.S. North-East.[2]

TV appearances[edit]

Discovery Channel’s Uber Guide

PBS’ Emmy-award winning series, New York Originals: Episode 3, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 10

Print interviews and reviews[edit]

"Free Lunch Returns (And Why It Isn't Free)," The New York Times[3]

"Saloon Secrets," The Wall Street Journal[4]

"That's The Spirit," TimeOut New York

"History Is Fun," New York Metro

"Book of Best Bars," AM New York

Book talks[edit]

NYC Tenement Museum

NYC Landmark West!

The Dublin House

Columbia University


  2. "Announcing 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results - Part 2". Independent Publisher Book Awards. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  3. Torgovnick, Kate (March 18, 2007). "Free Lunch Returns (And Why It's Not Free)". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  4. Gardner, Ralph Jr. (April 25, 2012). "Saloon Secrets". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 8, 2016.

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