Kerouac and Kinsey: icons of the 20th century, tied up together in that vague, now-wholly commodified entity known variously as the Counterculture Revolution, the End of the 1950s, and When Things Started to Loosen Up and Become Cool. But beyond their side-by-side inclusion on cultural studies syllabi, the two share a far more specific connection to a single place: Chase’s Cafeteria. It turns out that this little joint, which once took up space at 210 W. 42nd St., surrounded by all the other dens of iniquity, was where Jack Kerouac used to hangout with his fellow Beat buddies, the likes of Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs getting wasted and plotting new ways to “stick it to the man” (i.e. get laid/drunk/high); Chase’s allegedly shows up in On the Road, renamed “Ritzy’s Bar” (which admittedly has a slightly hepper ring). The best part of the story though, is that the one-and-only Alfred Kinsey did a good deal of research at Chase’s Cafeteria, in preparation for Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) — and we assume “research” just means he was hanging out with Kerouac et al. watching them try to pick up chicks and fellas. Who knows, maybe the two K’s even… naw, forget it.