I’ve been to a lot more joints than I’ve reviewed. A ton predate the Internet, so they are but memories. But others merely closed before I got a chance to review them. Here’s a list of the bars and restaurants that were in the queue when they met their demise. Never to see the light of day… until now. Included are any in-the-moment notes I took that maybe, possibly pointed to why the place totally bit it. Speaking of biting it, I am not digging the looks of that Dogmatic dog right over there…
Aleo 7 W 20th St. (bet 5th & 6th) telling note: Went with co-workers after work one day. Sat at tables out front. Seemed fine, but the beer selection was crap.
American Flatbread Tribeca Hearth 205 Hudson St. (bet Desbrosses and Canal)
Anka Grill 642 Lexington Ave. (at 54th St.)
Antarctica 287 Hudson St. (at Spring St.)
Bagel Maven Cafe 362 7th Ave. (at W 30th St.)
Banzobar 969 3rd Ave. (bet 57th & 58th)
BBQue’s Smoke Shack 668 6th Ave. (at W 21st St.)
Better Being Underground 55 Leroy St., Apt B (at 7th Ave.)
Big Slice Pizza of NY 146 5th Ave. (bet. 19th & 20th St.) telling note: Chicken roll with good outside, but oddball chicken that looked sort of like it was fuzzy balls of corn pops. Not too huge, which was good, I guess? And came with a “free” soda.
Bill’s Bar & Burger – Meatpacking 22 9th Ave. (at W 13th St.)
Blackstones Bar 245 E 55th St. (at 2nd Ave.)
Bread & Olives (Food Truck) Hudson Square
Brinkley’s Pub & Kitchen 406 Broome St. (at Lafayette St.)
BV’s Grill – NYC 919 3rd Ave. (at 55th St.)
Cafe Prague 2 W 19th St. (at 5th Ave.) telling note: One of those same-ass sandwiches they have everywhere.
Carl’s Steaks 70 Varick St. (at Grand St.)
Chef G’s Halal & Healthy (Food Cart) 55th & Park Ave.
Cherche Midi 282 Bowery (at Houston) telling note: Chill place (McNally). Went with ***** and got an old fashion and talked to the bartender about the election. [Talking politics is the kiss of death.]
FIKA Tribeca & Chocolate Factory 450 Washington St (at Desbrosses St.)
Flatiron Hall 38 W 26th St. (bet. Broadway & 6th Ave.)
Food Depot 138 5th Ave. (bet 18th & 19th St.) telling note: Sandwich counter is kinda sad. The cold cuts are sketchy. Had a tuna melt panini. It was fine, but not heated enough. They don’t seem to give a shit. Good soda selection though.
Hibachi Heaven (Food Truck) Hudson Square
Francois Payard Bakery 116 W Houston St. (at Sullivan & Thompson St.)
Glaze Teriyaki 60 W 56th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
Grand Sichuan 15 7th Ave. S (bet. Leroy St. & Carmine St.)
Halal Cart 5th Ave. at 21st St.
Hale & Hearty – Hudson Square 350 Hudson St. (bet. Charlton & King St.)
Hale & Hearty – Flatiron 11 E 17th St. (bet. Broadway & 5th Ave.)
SoHo Made Soups 75 Varick St. (bet. Grand & Watts St.)
SoHo Room 203 Spring St (at Sullivan St.)
The Storehouse 69 W 23rd St (at 6th Ave.)
Sushi Jun 875 3rd Ave. (at 53rd St.)
Sushirrito – Flatiron 12 W 23rd St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
Taco Bite (Food Truck) 5th Ave. & 18th St. telling note: The tacos looked really fresh and good, but ultimately the taste was a little too antiseptic.
Taco Dumbo – Rock Center 19 W 52nd St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
Taïm – Urban Space 570 Lexington Ave. (at E 51st St.)
Taipan Fusion Express (Food Truck) Hudson Square
Thunder Jackson’s 169 Bleecker St. (at Sullivan St.)
Toasties East at 55 924 3rd Ave. (bet. 55th and 56th St.)
Toby’s Estate Coffee Flatiron Espresso Bar 160 5th Ave. (bet. E 20th & E 21st St.)
Toum NYC Lebanese Food Truck Hudson Square
Tracks Raw Bar & Grill 1 Penn Plaza (Penn Station)
TreeHaus 830 3rd Ave. (at 51st St.)
The Treehouse 23 Grand St. (at 6th Ave.)
Uncle Moe’s 14 W 19th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)
Union Fare Gastrohall 7 E 17th St. (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway) telling note: Had a chicken sandwich that was pretty tasty, but small and not necessarily cheap. The space is really amazing and absolutely gigantic. Their rent must be insane.
Velour 297 10th Ave. (at 27th St.)
VERTS Mediterranean Grill – Flatiron 24 E 23rd St. (at Madison Ave.) telling note: This place is like a lame Chipotle.
Viên 220 Varick St. (at Downing St.)
Wall St. Burger (Food Truck) 55th St. & Park Ave.
Whiskey Rebel 129 Lexington Ave. (at 28th St.)
Wildwood Barbecue 225 Park Ave. S (at E 18th St.)
Zaro’s Bakery 920 Broadway (at E 21st St.) telling note: An uneventful turkey and brie sandwich with green apple. The bread was decent, but the rest of the sandwich was uninspired and unremarkable.
Zio Ristorante 17 W 19th St. (btwn 5th & 6th Ave.)