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For Year 8: 2018/2019 To Do List

Well, that is it. May is pretty much over with, so I can no longer put off publishing my most recent to do list. I have been way to lenient on myself this year but it is so hard to put a finite line where no other contestants are allowed to apply. 

Of course I kid. 

I know accept that there will be numerous places I want to eat at and visit that will come my way after this posting so I am being more concise than ever as I format this year’s to do list. 

Since my blog was created in early March 2011 I usually give myself until April before I had to publish an edited to do list. This is why you don’t see these posts at the beginning of the calendar year. But this year this task got away from me rather fast. However, today I have put an end to all of that. 

Going forward these are the items I will prioritize and you will notice there is a lot more on the food list than the activities side of things, especially under what is New

If it still appears on this list and was on my previous list, that means I reevaluated its position and decided it still was worthy of a spot. Any discrepancy between this list and the year before, when there has been no blog reviewing my opinion, means it has gone to the waste-side. Otherwise you will see it listed as Remaining From Prior Year.

2018/2019 To Do List; Food

Remaining From Prior Year 
ManhattanAmy Ruth’s113 West 116th StreetChicken and waffles

S’Mac157 East 33rd Street Bet. Lexington & 3rd Avenues, Murray HillMac’Cheese spot

Insomnia Cookies482 Third Avenue at 33rd Street, Murray HillDelivers warm delicious cookies to those of us awake until 3am.

Lafayette380 Lafayette StreetFrench cuisine

Murray’s Cheese254 Bleecker StreetCheese Mecca plus breads, meats, and olives

Beecher’s Hand-Made Cheese900 Broadway Variety of cheeses and small sharable plates

Campbell ApartmentGrand Central Station- 15 Vanderbilt Avenue NYCClassic cocktails & light fare in the ornate Grand Central offices of a 1920's mogul.

Rainbow Room 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th FloorIconic; Drinks, or if Brunch begins again

Clocktower NYC 5 Madison AvenueBrunch in a club setting with dining rooms and pool table

Black Seed Bagels176 1st AvenueHand rolled, wood oven baked bagels, creative sandwiches

Redemption NYC1003 2nd AvenueSleek lounge serving wings and burgers

Donahue’s Steak House845 Lexington AvenueVintage establishment serving quality steaks

Delmonico’s56 Beaver StreetOpened in 1837, premiere steakhouse

Haven Rooftop132 West 47th StreetCabanas in a glassed in rooftop bar serving cocktails and French cuisine bites

Orwasher’s Bakery208 East 78th Street #4Jewish bakery for cookies, doughnuts, breads, sweets

Alleva Diary188 Grand StreetNow owned by Tony Danza, store for all Italian goods opened over 100 years

Stonewall Inn53 Christopher StreetHistorical Landmark for the gay rights movement
BrooklynPizza Moto338 Hamilton Avenue Neapolitan style pizza

SmorgasburgWell House Drive,Prospect ParkOutdoor food market

Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli2718 Avenue UTraditional foods, Brooklyn institution
BronxJake’s Steak House6031 BroadwayUsually a wait, steakhouse with a view of Cortlandt Park

La Salle Bakery 3139 East Tremont AvenueBread and pastries
QueensSal, Kris, Charlie’s Deli33-12 23rd Avenue Old fashioned, oversized Italian subs

Queens Comfort40-09 30th AvenueModern takes on comfort food like guacamole stuffed onion rings
OuterboroughsSally Apizza237 Wooster Avenue New Haven, CT 06511A New Haven tradition since 1938

Coney Island Pizza40 Hamburg Turnpike Riverdale, NJ 07457Cooked on a wood burning oven

ManhattanButcher and Banker481 8th AvenueLocated in a former bank vault from the 1930s, restaurant serves up steak and cocktails

Boucherie225 Park Avenue South or 99 7th Avenue SouthFrench cuisine 

Taureau558 Broome StreetFondue

Black Tap136 West 55th StreeetBurgers and creatively massive ice-cram shakes

The Plaza at The Palm Court RestaurantFifth Avenue at Central Park SouthClassic piece of NYC history 

Bar Primi325 Bowery StreetAnother restaurant by Chef Andrew Carmellini

Anchor Bar327 West 57th Street
Buffalo’s home of the hot wing now has a location here
BrooklynPaulie Gee’s60 Greenpoint Avenue 

Lombardi’s32 Spring StreetAmerica’s first pizzeria

John’s Pizzeria of Bleecker Street278 Bleecker StreetHistoric pizzeria

Clinton Hall247 Metropolitan AvenueFondue Burger

Olmstead659 Vanderbilt Avenue Brunch- especially bacon, egg, and cheese eggroll

Fornino Pizza291 Kent Avenue Pizza

The Osprey60 Furman Street/ 1 Brooklyn Bridge HotelChicken salad sandwich 

Talde369 7th Avenue Dumplings and chicken wings

Bamonte’s32 Withers StreetOpen since the 1950s, known for gigantic raviolis and lasagna with chicken and spinach 

Embers Steakhouse9519 3rd AvenueOpen since 1985, uses Vinnie’s Butcher Shop right next door

Hometown Barbeque454 Van Brunt StreetPulled pork, ribs
OuterboroughsPizzeria La Rosa12 Russell Avenue, New Rochelle, NY, Parking available on 11 Allard Avenue New place opened by Frank Pinello of Best Pizza

Bar (Apizza)254 Crown Street, New Haven CTMashed potato and bacon pie

Tony Boloney’s363 Grove Street, Jersey City or 263 1st Avenue, Hoboken, NJHome of the Taco Pizza and other creative ones just like it. 

2018/2019 To Do List; Activities

Remaining From Prior Year
Grants Tomb
West 122nd Street &b Riverside Drive
General Grant’s National Memorial

Morris Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace
Oldest house in borough

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Fifth largest church in the U.S. 

City Hall Park Monuments
City Hall
Memorials for Jane Addams, Horace Greenly, Crime Victims, Declaration of Independence, Freedom Tree Marker, Joseph Pulitzer, Liberty Flagstaff, LT. Issac Barre, Underground Railway, Provost Prison

Gracie Mansion
East End Avenue at 88th Street NYC
Mayor’s home

Belvedere Castle
79th Street, Central Park
Dates to 1919 with exhibit rooms, observation deck
Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue
History of area and exhibits

Lefferts Historic House
452 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Park
Built in 1783 showcases life of Brooklyn families in the 1820s

Brooklyn Navy Yard 
63 Flushing Avenue 
Tour describing WWII effort and other uses for the facility
Woodlawn Cemetery
517 East 233rd Street
Rosa Parks, FW Woolworth, Irving Berlin, Elizabeth Lady Stanton, Nellie Bly, Joseph Pulitzer, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, 
Lyndhurst Manor
635 S. Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591
Gothic Revival Mansion

Ferncliff Cemetery
280 Secor Road, Hartsdale NY 10530
Joan Crawford, Tom Carvel, John Lennon, Jim Henson, 

Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road Westbury, NY 11590
Gold Coast Mansion

Boldt Castle
1 Heart Island Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
“If you haven’t seen Boldt Castle lately you haven't seen Boldt Caste”

Jay Heritage Center
210  Boston Road Rye, NY 10580
John Jay Ancestor’s Home

VanCortlandt Manor
525 South Riverside Avenue Croton On Hudson, NY 10520
Historical Landmark

Wychoff House and Museum
5816 Clarendon Road
Oldest farmhouse in borough
President Grover Cleveland Birthplace 
207 Bloomfield Avenue Caldwell, NJ 
Childhood home of the former President


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