New York City To-Do List Update

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I’ve been starting to chip away at this NYC To-Do List little by little! Although I do have my Newcomer in NYC Posts to keep track of most of my adventures, I did want to check in here and show you guys what I’ve actually gotten to and my reviews. And of course, for what I didn’t get to – stories of my failed attempts or near misses! Always kind of cool to see a behind the scenes look.

Quick key: if a place (/event) is in bold, it means that there’s a story to go with it. If bold and italics, it means I actually accomplished it! If not bolded, it means I haven’t had any run in with it at all, thus it is still an outstanding activity!

Here we go…

  • Brunch at Jacks Wife Freda – I’ve walked by a few times, but have not yet had a meal here! Laura and I walked by and attempted to eat there (always a long wait), but ended up at Ruby’s instead which was delicious (I definitely recommend it)!
  • Momofuku Milk Bar – Check! Didn’t love as much as I thought I would, unfortunately. However, that might stem from the fact that I love chocolate flavored things, and most Momofuku items are vanilla or are centered around a vanilla flavoring.
  • See a game at Barclays Center (Islanders are moving there next year!)
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Visit Williamsburg
  • Check out some of these fun coffee shops
  • Attend a fashion week show (Will be a hard one to complete)
  • Get a blow-out at DryBar – Well I mean, as you read here, Laura and I attempted to go to the Dry Bar but couldn’t get an appointment. I would still like to experience the actual Dry Bar, despite the fact that the blow dry trend is slightly overrated… (but tbh, anytime I don’t have to do my own hair is a good day).
  • Bergdorfs (of course, browsing only) Nicole and I went! Read all about that experience here. Even though we didn’t buy anything, I really enjoyed walking through the store and would definitely recommend it!


  • Some sort of a food tour (preferably a Dumpling Tour!) – Read here. I went on a Chocolate Tour and it was a ton of fun!
  • Big Gay Ice Cream – Visited! I really enjoyed my ice cream and would recommend stopping here at least once.
  • Shop a Sample Sale – Technically I didn’t go – my mom did – but I still have pictures from it and items purchased! Some info on that here.

Total completed: 8 | Total had some sort of run in with: 13


Not great, not terrible. Progress! I’ve also been to some awesome places that weren’t even on this list to begin with, so that’s pretty cool. In addition to what I haven’t finished above, I’d also like to check out:

  • Pastrami Queen
  • See Hamilton on Broadway
  • Eat at The Butcher’s Daughter
  • Ice Skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center (so touristy but I love winter in NYC and would one day love to do this!)
  • Outdoor Movie (every summer I hear about this and think it is such a cool idea)
  • Go to Dominique Ansel Kitchen Tasting Menu “Event” (long-shot but it sounds like so much fun)

What else should I add to the list? I love hearing your suggestions!

xoxo, Jamie

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