NYC New Years Eve events 2018/2019

New Years Eve
In order of Cost
DEC 31
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 8 PM – 11:59 PM
Haybaby Cat Farm
184 Irving Ave, New York, New York 11237
Legend has it that every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight Bird the cat calls upon the ruinous arcane energies of forbidden realms to grant three wishes to whoever gives her the best belly rub so get your rubbing hand greased up and limber this could be your lucky night starring
Cindy Cane
No cover || Bands at 9 || Cheap booze || Be excellent to each other
My partner in Galleria, DJ Kool Thing Spins at Maiden Lane free on Avenue B and 10th Street.  Expect to party like its 1999
Free at Lady Jays, Steve Myers of Mighty Fine spins.   They have the miller high life chapagne style bottles for 8 bucks and champagne for $20 a bottle as well as free champagne toast at Midnight.
Lady Jay’s
633 Grand St, Brooklyn, New York 11211
NEW YEAR’S EVE @ Night of Joy
Genesis P-Orridge  &  Edley O’Dowd
DJ Set – No Cover
Tarot Readings by Hissy Fit Cult Party
SVMMON presents…
New Year’s Eve 2018 with Talon Bar
Joe Hart (Svmmon/Procession)
playsuit (House of YES/[MIN])
Jamie K (Strangelove Seoul)
…Dark Synth//Wave//Post-Punk//Goth//
Tarot Readings – Visual Projections – Rituals – Fog
Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight:::::
Leather & Lace // Lingerie // Fetish // Dark looks are encouraged ?
220 Wyckoff Ave | Brooklyn
10pm – 4am
? 2 Dance Floors + Lounge + Heated Outdoor Terrace ?
DEC 31
NYE Hard Times w/ Mr Vacation Captain Heartlock & Drew Redmond
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10 PM – 4 AM
Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar
445 troutman street, Brooklyn, New York 11237
Looking for the prime spot to spend your New Years Eve this year? Well look no further! We will be assembling all the key ingredients at Hard Times Christmas Liquors At The Sunset Bar to ensure a guaranteed shit show that will surely lead you to a crucial recovery day or three afterwards!  The power trio of DJs consists of Mr. Vacation, Captain Heartlock, and yours truly! No theme whatsoever. Just whatever crazy shit each DJ feels like bringing. Also at the stroke of midnight there will be a Miller High Life toast soon followed by an HOUR of FREE BEER from 1AM till 2AM!! Oh yeah….and there’s no door charge as well. Just get your asses down there and party! What more could you ask for?
On MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st, we’re bringing back the debaucherous and dirty NYC of the past with a 1970s-themed New Year’s Eve party!
(Think ‘The Deuce’ with tiki drunks. Heh.)
Party starts at 9pm and goes into the wee hours!
Free champagne toast at midnight!
Food and drink specials! (Kitchen opened till midnight.) Giveaways!
But most importantly, NO COVER!
•’70s attire is encouraged but definitely not necessary to party it up!•
We’re gonna party like it’s 1978!
*Sponsored by Miller Coors*
266 Irving Avenue
Bushwick Brooklyn, NY 11237
A very rare non free show at Ottos
Come celebrate with us by ringing in the New Year! $10 cover at the door. Champagne toast at midnight, noise makers, and live music! DJs Bobby Boulders and Heather up front to keep you grooving all night long!
Doors at 8PM and first band starts at 9PM.
11PM MERISI (from Minneapolis)
Ten Dollars
New Years Eve w/ Rev. Vince Anderson & The Love Choir! + Special Guests!
Mon, December 31, 2018
10:00 pm
Union Pool
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
Join us for a very special NYE w/ Reverend Vince Anderson & The Love Choir! There will be special guests and party favors included in the $10 ticket sold only at the door!
DEC 31
NYE 2019
9 PM · The Glove · Brooklyn, New York
Michael T Presents “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”
MOST certainly a night to be remembered featuring NYC rock acts:
DJ Sets by DJ Mark Hertz!
$15 Door
8pm – midnight
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
Defcon NYC Industrial dance party starting its 10th year as DEFCON
MONDAY 12.31.18
with only the best:
Industrial (classic, new & rare)
Belgian New Beat 🙂 ,
Synth &
Electro dance Traxx at DEFCON
Drink Specials downstairs with Miranda!
join us!!
also, on the street level:
New Wave 80s dance hits:
Rob Xian (The Bank/Albion Batcave)
The Pyramid Club NYC
101 Avenue A (btwn 6/7th st.) NYC 10009
21+ w/ Proper ID
$12/$10W FLYER
20 dollars and friends only.  Open to public after 1ish.
NY Night Train 12th Annual New Years Ball
SAVE THE DATE! our last Home Sweet Home edition after many epic years! and the send-off is a new approach to achieve a smaller community-oriented family-style event instead of the usual madness! AFTER THE BANDS (12:45AM or so) IT WILL BE OPEN TO ALL (GENERAL ADMISSION AT THE DOOR), but for the first half, ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY FOR THE LIVE MUSIC! we have a killer bill of bands way too big for the place. and we are limiting admission to make sure there’s room for all the friends but its also not a sardine can. there will be NO GUEST LIST. but tickets will be cheaper than anything else around. every dollar will go directly to the bands. but… here’s the catch… tickets will only be available to friends and friends of friends of the bands and djs and bartenders.
So if you don’t know any of these folks personally you are SOL
$20 to the live music pot – 100% of which goes directly to the bands – this price includes FREE MIDNIGHT CHAMPAGNE TOAST, live MYSTERY LIGHTS, DADDY LONG LEGS, MIRANDA & THE BEAT, and FLASYD plus dancing ’til 4AM with DJs JONATHAN TOUBIN, and REYES RODRIGUEZ plus a seated cocktail oasis upstairs for when you get tired of the commotion… we will be ordering pizzas etc and you can just park there and make a night of it
F*Bomb #147: F*Bomb’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31st
Bands & DJs 9PM-2AM
Featuring hit songs by:
Aerosmith, Animotion, Beastie Boys, Billy Squier, Blondie, Depeche Mode
Digital Underground, Eddie Money, Eddy Grant, Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley
Expose, George Michael, Heart, House of Pain, Judas Priest, Living Colour
Prince, Queen
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, Robert Palmer
Run D.M.C., Salt -N- Pepa, Shannon, The Breeders, The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Cult
The Doors, The Human League, The Romantics, The Runaways
The Stooges, The White Stripes, The Who, U2
Performed by:
Alex Rude, Aly Dukes, Amy Allensworth, Andy Sexton, Carmine Gonzales, Craigman
Crystal Durant, Dave Fleming, Drew Blood, Emilie Bienne
Garrett Valentino, Howard Rappaport, Jeanne Rosenberg, Jeff Gordon, Joe Hogan
King Morgan, Lee J. Thompson, Lottie B. Leymarie
MaryAnne Piccolo, Melissa Faye Villain, Mike Pacheco
Mike SOS, Mystie Chamberlin, Natalia Barham
Pam Grande, Paul Bertolino, Purple Pam, Reginald Saffold
Rob Buchwald, Salchi, Seth Fineberg
SuperMorgan, Tommy Von Voigt, Vance Garcia, Vic Pullen
Go-Go Bombshelle – Alison Bargoddess
Champagne toast at Midnight!
Drink specials
Cover charge $20
21+ with I.D.
Arlene’s Grocery
95 Stanton Street
Between Ludlow & Orchard Sts.
Subway Soul NYE Bash at Ceremony 224
See in the New Year of 2019 at our Subway Soul Club costume party!
Be inspired by Brooklynite Truman Capote’s fantastical and glamorous Black & White Ball.
Imagine yourself as a party guest mingling with the glitterati of 1960s society; Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Penelope Tree. Dress in black and white evening and cocktail wear like Audrey’s Hepburn’s long black dress in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” Monroe’s white “Seven Year Itch” dress, a Courreges space suit or a Mary Quant graphic mini. Gentlemen can express their inner James Bond in a black or white tuxedo, ‘don’ a “Mad Men” suit or go all Andy Warhol in a black turtleneck sweater and white jeans. As long as your outfit is black and/or white, have fun with it! Add a mask if your feeling flirtatious!
See inspiration at our website here.
We’ll be decking out Ceremony with black and white decorations and at midnight we’ll count down to the New Year with a FREE Champagne toast!
Dance the night away on a wooden floor to the best in 1960s Motown, Northern Soul and Go-Go Grooves on vinyl 45s by a particularly delicious DJ line up featuring Peanut Butter Brown (Uptown Getdown) and One Mint Julep (Soul Night). Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus will be shaking (not stirred) and hostess with the hostess Lady Dawn will be providing the sauce!
Advance tickets $20
There is a $2 booking fee.
?Send $22 per ticket via Venmo or Paypal to
Be sure to include;
?Your name ( that the tickets will be under on the door )
The number of tickets you wish to purchase.
?We will respond with the ticket numbers allocated to you.
Tickets are non refundable but you can transfer them to someone else.?
Done! Your name will be on the door!
Previous New Years Eve parties sold out in advance. Don’t be disappointed!
More info at
Rubulad Proudly Presents
On Monday, December 31st
2019 Blast Off!
A veritable explosion of joy!
with live music by:
Preachermann and The Revival
Funkrust Brass Band
Van Goose
Les Sans Culottes
with your MC Tanya Solomon Magic
your DJs:
$mall ¢hange (Jim Dier)
Baby K. (Kelly Webb)
Djeka + Dj rtrane
DJ modrums
and more!
Visuals by The Sperm Whale NYC
Yummy Octopus Balls by Yoko nips @4533studio
Traze Pizza
Mike Flaherty’s Art Hole at Rubulad
Blue June Tarot
Adornments by Prince Peacock
Midnight Champagne Bunny Toast
and much much more!
Dress: sparkle and shine
8:30 pm doors; 9:00 pm show. 20 beans in advance, before 10:00 pm or way late; 30 at the door.
Adv. tix avail here :
RSVP to for Bushwick address.
The Kingsland Presents:
Murphys Law-
Total Chaos-
The Krays-
The Ice Cold Killers-
269 Norman ave Brooklyn NY 11222
door 7pm
Free champagne toast at midnight!
A handful of $89 tickets remain for Dances with Vice
The Celestial Ball: New Year’s Eve 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018 9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:00 AM
India House
1 Hanover Square New York, NY
If you happen to have Renaissance clothing handy….
FemmeFatale presents:
Dance away all your woes from 2018 as we welcome a new year and new hope!  Indulge your inhibitions at our masquerade party!  Let us dance! Let us celebrate! Let us drink! Let us eat cake! OFF WITH 2-0-1-8
Masks • Feathers • Suits • Tuxes, Marie Antoinette • Louis XIV • Gowns • Little Black Dresses • Leather and Lace • Celestial Beings • Queens • Kings • Luxury and Latex • Lingerie • Fetish Chic • Fashion Fierce • Seductress and Suave • High End Haute Couture • Princesses  • Chic Dresses  • Formal wear  • Vintage Beauty  • Royals
Resident Femme Fatale DJ and Hostess Jessica Louise Dye
Joined by:
Maverick Inman catching you in his flash!
Devin Caskie & Sam Watson twirling and whirling!
Lory Lyon leading you onto the dance floor!
Issac Scott #Milesawae spinning funky beats.
Aphrodisiac Edibles • Performances of Pleasure • Confetti & Candles • Champagne Toast • Masks • Hats • Noisemakers • Party Favors • Cupcakes • Hors d’oeuvres • Ball Drop Viewing • Costumes & more!
Doors 9pm. Come early, stay late.
purchase the premium open bar (10-2) for only $75. Use code “JESSICA” for discount
Roxy Presents: the Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Surrealist Ball
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10 PM – 1 AM
The Roxy Hotel NYC
2 6th Avenue, New York, New York 10013
Surreal: very strange or unusual; having the quality of a dream.
The time has come for the Roxy to once again transform itself into a Surrealist tableau in order to properly bid adieu to 2018. The fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Surrealist Ball invites guests back to a modern-day version of the legendary 1972 ball given by Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, complete with daring décor, exquisite costumes, and excellent entertainment. Get inspired by our album of Surrealist looks and get ready for a magical evening of premium cocktails, endless dancing, and a headlining set by none other than David Johansen.
Although Surrealist-inspired dress is not required, guests are highly encouraged to throw caution to the wind and indulge in the fantasy. Think fancy, fabulous and nonsensical; add glitter to a set of antlers, wear three masquerade masks at once, paint a third or fourth eye onto your forehead, put a birdcage in your hair, glue a clock to your top hat.
Every guest, including General Admission ($195) will enjoy Premium Open Bar from 9pm – 1am. Bar Seating ($225) and Bar Booth Seating ($275) will also enjoy Surrealist-inspired bites, and Premium Seating ($296) will also get tableside Premium vodka and champagne.

Through 2019, Trashy Travels All Time Foods (In no particular order-Maybe)


This list is incomplete as I still haven’t tried all the things I want to. Some are Trashy, some are classy, but here are some of my favorites of all time.

44. Chaps Pit Beef, Baltimore, MD

On an industrial highway next to a strip club and across the street from a tire joint and a sex shop is a little shack of wonder called Chaps.  Its a 45 minute bus ride from downtown.  Get anything with the beef.  I added sausage.  Load it up with tiger horseradish sauce, fresh horseradish and onions.  Yum.

Chaps Pit beef and sausage with onion and horseradish

43. Texas Hot ‘Coney’, Heids of Liverpool, Liverpool, NY (Syracuse)

Usually a Coney is a chili dog.  Usually a Texas Hot Dog is Chili Dog.  Here a Coney is a white pork and veal sausage.  You can get that ‘Coney’, topped with chili, but for a little more they will make you a Texas Hot which means its topped with a thick meat sauce, onions and mustard.

Heids Texas Hot Coney.


42. Beef On Weck, Original Charlie the Butcher, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo)

Their are many locations but the original is the best.  Super tender roast beef on a fresh bun and excellent sides.  Pile on the horseradish to blow your top!

Charlie the Butchers beef on weck.

41. La Cova Fumada, Barcelona, Spain

Bombas from La Cova Fumada.

This neighborhood restaurant has a local delicacy called bombas.  Bombas are potato croquettes with meat inside topped with a super garlicy sauce and a dollup of hot sauce.  They are not very patient with people who are unfamiliar with the menu though.

40. Bray’s Hamburgers, Detroit, MI

The Original from Brays.

The Original is Two small patties and thousand Island dressing and some magical grilled onions. I had asked for some of the “special sauce” on the side which is a garlic sauce used on a different burger.   In an old building that has been renovated so it doesn’t look old.  Theres a donkey statue inside that used to be on the roof.

39.  Dinics, Philadelphia, PA

Dinics Roast Pork, Sharp provolone and Brocolli Raab

Screw the cheesesteak, this joint serves the best sandwich in Philly, the Roast pork with Broccoli Raab and Sharp provolone in the Reading terminal market.  Its juicy deliciousness makes the best cheesesteak seem like a dry desert.  Afterwards get a donut from Beiler’s and some landjaeger from Smuckers (not the jam folks)

Swensons Akron, OH has 2 sauces!

38. Swensons, Akron, OH

Home of the galley boy, a burger with two sauces, a tartar sauce and a bbq sauce.

Fi Dolla Burger from Ethyls

37.  Ethyls Alcohol and Food, Manhattan, NY

Home of the five dollar burger which is slightly smaller than a shake shack burger.  It has sweet pickles on it that taste like relish and it is my second favorite burger in NYC.  Nice crunchy sear on the patty.

Hot Dog from Langois Market

36. Langlois Market, Langois, OR

I had just gotten a speeding ticket on the Oregon Coastal Highway.  Needing a break I saw a sign, “worlds greatest hot dog”.  So I got one of these weird looking things with a homemade sweet mustard and homemade pickles and it was suprisingly fantastic.



Mighty Quinns Brisket with complementary Slaw and pickled vegetables.

35. Mighty Quinns BBQ-New York City (Multiple locations)

Brisket that equals the best in Texas for a wallet friendly price in a quick serve atmosphere. The Sauce is unnecessary. Make sure they give you the pickled onions, brined cucumbers and pickled bird chiles. The other sides are just okay. If you have a friend and are flush with cash, get a brontosaurus rib, a huge short rib that is several pounds. Steer cleer of the burnt ends as they are just scraps drenched in sauce.

34. Superdawg-Chicago, IL (Multiple Locations)

Try to get to the original location if you can. Featuring on pretty much every single hot dog show ever, I was able to swing by in 2016 on the Great Upper Midwest Burger trip. Chicago dog perfection including a pickled green tomato and crammed in a box with the only crinkle cut fries I have ever loved.

The Black Iron from Black Iron Burger

33. Black Iron Burger-East Village location ONLY-New York City

There are other locations of this joint that have inconsistant reviews, but this is Trashy Travel’s go to burger joint in NYC. I’ve tried 3 of the their burgers and all are perfect. Add to that some phenomenal thin onion rings, an excellent version of California garlic fries and you have burger perfection

Donut Shop Tamales

32. The Donut Shop-Natchez, MS

The first time I road tripped by myself in my now annual pilgrimage from Memphis to New Orleans, I stopped at this place for Donuts but saw that they sold Tamales and I bought a half dozen. It was the first time I tried Delta style tamales, which are mostly meat and just a little bit of corn. I devoured them shirtless in my hotel room later that night which was necessary because they were very messy. Now I find out that they have burgers too so I must go back.

Real Chili with Add ons

31. Real Chili-Milwaukee, WI (Multiple Locations)

Trashy Travel feels that there is a severe shortage of real chili, that is beanless, all meat chili. Probably inspired by the nearby Chili Johns in Green Bay. this chain has it going on. They do spoon it over either beans or spagetti, but I paid extra to skip that. The hotter the chili, the more expensive, but I believe the hot is just cooked down mild. Be careful of the upcharges for cheese, onion, jalapeno and more. That, as they say, is how they get you.


Jalapeno Sausage Cheese bread

30. Bourques Superstore, Port Barre, LA

This is a supermarket and it is sort of out of the way, but if you are near Baton Rouge it is worth a detour to get their Jalapeno Sausage Cheese Bread. Thats it. Get one for the drive and one to take home. Heaven.

Doesn’t look like much but the tartar sauce makes it.

29. Dicks Hamburgers-Seattle, WA (multiple locations)

One of those “this shouldn’t be good” kinds of places, many of these locations are beautiful roadside stands with way better than they should be burgers and fries. Stick with doubles for best results. The fries are impressive natural shoe strings that don’t travel well, but they are served with the secret sauce/tartar sauce for dipping. If you are looking for an unsweetened beverage better bring your own seltzer.


Chargrill Hot dog. Bright pink

28. Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC (Multiple Locations)

Bizarre ordering system where you fill out your own ticket and drop it in a slot and they call you to a window when your order is ready. HUGE grilled burgers and boiled bright red slaw dogs that put burger king to shame.

27. Dinosaur BBQ, Manhattan, NY

There a multiple locations of this restaurant but this is only for the Harlem Location. The other NYC location is not nearly as good and doesn’t have inhouse made desserts and the sides aren’t as good. The only bbq in NY with several pescatarian options, Dinosaur Harlem has Amazing Ribs and a deat called the sweetheart special which gives you four sides and a whole rack to share. Sides include great garlicey Cole Slaw, great beans and these oddly good “Syracuse Salt potatoes” which are small potatoes served in a butter sauce. The only only good and reasonable peel and eat shrimp in NY with a delicious and spicy cocktail sauce. Top in off with tart and tasty key lime pie for cheap and its a great meal. Brisket can be hit or miss though.

Missoula Club

26. Missoula Club-Missoula, MT

Huge bar that makes tasty griddled burgers and not much else.

Hudsons Cheeseburger


25. Hudson’s Hamburgers-Couer d’Alene, ID

Grilled cheeseburgers, no fries with super thin hand sliced onions and pickles. No fries but they do have pie.


Hayes Chiliburgers

24, Hayes Hamburgers-Kansas City, MO

We were eating somewhere else in Kansas City and a server told us about this place. Delicious tiny chili topped sliders.

23. Chili Johns-Los Angeles, CA/Green Bay, WI

I have been to both of these locations, the LA location near the end of Route 66. Not quite a chain, the Chili Johns in Green Bay told me that many years ago, they gave a family member permission to open the LA Location and they have been both operating as solo entities for decades ever since. The LA location oozes charm. Very similar to Real Chilis methods. Served over either beans or chili, upcharges for toppings, more for hot. Unlimited oyster crackers. Yum.

22. Central Grocery, New Orleans, LA

They only do one thing and it is perfection-The Muffalatta. Buy one as soon as you get to New Orleans and put it in your hotel room for when you get home drunk. Drunk you will thank you. Cold cuts, cheese and Olive salad, pressed is round bread under a weight. You can also buy a jar to pepperocini to kick it up a notch.

Shrimp from Mai Kai

21. Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL

This is my favorite bar on Earth and the Greatest Tiki bar on Earth. Let me be clear, the food is…good to okay, but when you combine it with half off appetizers at happy hour with the best tiki drinks anywhere and the Shanghai Chicken (deep fried bacon wrapped chicken bites) become the best food ever. The Thai style crispy shrimp is a thing of wonder and the braised short rib, a steal at happy hour is magical. The cheese tangs stepped right out of a 70s party cookbook. And FREE dumplings and sushi in the bar at happy hour on Wednesdays.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

20. Hattie B’s Nashville, TN (Multiple Locations)

I’ve tried the Princes, the originators of this Hot Chicken, but Hattie B’s has taken it to the next level. Hot Chicken is fried chicken that starts out as if someone accidentally dumped an entire bottle of cayenne pepper in the flour mixture and then they take that and dip it in a hot sauce. Its magical and despite the torture, you keep coming back for more. Hatties also has great side dishes and dishes it out way faster than Princes.

Tadich Grill Crab Cake. They serve it with a little bit of butter.

19. Tadich Grill, San Francisco, CA

Not cheap, but this classic huge menu seafood restaurant is a must. Great crabcakes, and you can get the regional Louie salads or Ciopino, a tomato based Seafood stew.

Joes Stone Crab, these are mediums.

Joes Grilled Tomatoes

18. Joes Stone Crab-Miami Beach, FL

The best restaurant in Florida. Stone crabs are stone crabs (get the Mediums, don’t get suckered for the larger ones) but what makes this place phenomenal are the sides. Sadly they don’t have their garlic dressing anymore, but Joe’s vinegrette is amazing (salads can be split), the Garlic spinach or creamed spinach are divine and this dated oddity, grilled tomatoes is something i always dream about. It is a huge tomato slice covered with spinach, breadcrumbs and a normal cheese, maybe american?, that is broiled until it fuses together in awesomeness. Your life is meaningless if you skip the key lime pie.

Pancake balls with Candied Bacon

17. Katalinas, Columbus, OH
Pancakes balls filled with Pumpkin apple butter or nutella, served with spicy candied bacon. Get a side of brussel sprout hash. Best during summer as its in an old gas station and has all outdoor seating.

16. Katz Deli, Manhattan, NY

A rare survivor home to the best pastrami anywhere. Tip the guy a buck to pad your sandwich. They give you a piece to eat while you are hand carving it so be ready to eat. Pro tip, get it to go, ask for a side of russian dressing and half sour pickles.

15. Hatties Tamales, Memphis, TN

Theres a storefront, but I always by these in a satellite trailer in appliance store parking lot. The Delta tamale mentioned above is one of my favorite food items. Mostly meat, with a little bit of cornmeal around the edges with a spicy kick. Ten bucks gets you 8 or these delicious meat cigars.

14. White House Sub Shop, Atlantic City, NJ

The only thing worth going to AC for, this old sub shop has the best cold cut italian anywhere with GREEN cherry pepper relish served on huge rolls baked from local bakeries all day. Theres other subs like a decent steak sandwich but the italian is the reason to go here. Period

Als Hamburgers, Green Bay

13. Als Hamburgers, Green Bay, WI

They recently changed owners but this 80 year old burger joint has phenomenal burgers, fries and onion rings. People eat breakfast here too but I can’t figure out why.

Coffee Pot Meatloaf with the magical slaw

12. The Coffee Pot, Roanoke, VA

Theres a giant coffee pot on one side of the building and a big event room that has bands and karaoke. For some reason, the food here is great, including an insanely good vinegar cole slaw. Stay away from the shrimp though. I had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. One minus is that they allow smoking and it gets very smoky.

Slaw Dog with Onion Rings

11. Village Coney, Columbus, OH

Trashy travel is always on the quest for a great chili dog and this lunch spot has amazing ones topped with the most delicious fresh cole slaw anywhere. Great onion rings too. I got extra slaw to go and drunk ate it after sick weekend at ace of cups.


10. Matts Bar, Minneapolis, MN

Home of the famous jucy Lucy, a cheese stuffed burger. This one lives up to the hype. The regular burger is worthy too.

9. White Manna, Hackensack, NJ

Vintage teeny tiny diner that serves perfect thick sliders on potato buns that fuse cheese, onion and meat together into the perfect flavor bomb. They just do one thing and they do it well. Theres a one “n” White Mana in Jersey City but its not as good.

Hey Heys Sauerkraut balls

8/7. Hey Hey Lounge/Schmidts Sausage House (Columbus, OH)

Columbus Ohio has regional specialty, the Sauerkraut ball, and these two very different restaurants have excellent versions. It is sausage and sauerkraut blended into a paste, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. Hey Hey is a huge divey bar with other good bar food that makes a homestyle, chunky, very peppery version with pure horseradish for dipping. Schmidts is creamed until the inside is super fine and served with a mustard for dipping. Schmidts also has German Food and is famous for gigantic cream puffs in many flavors.

Mihms Charcoal Grill


6. Mihms Charcol Grill, Menasha, WI

My favorite burger in Wisconsin, this simple burger is grilled over charcoal and topped with butter and onion on a sheyboygan hard roll that is crusty on the outside and soft on inside. Smoky, juicy and delicious.




5. Bar Guernica, Boise, ID

Boise has a big Basque population and this small bar serves fantastic Basque inspired food. The garlic dressing on their salad is mind blowing, the croquette balls served with tiger sauce are divine and the Lamb dip and Pork with pimento sandwiches are awe inspiring.

4. Paynes BBQ, Memphis, TN

In an old gas station, this bbq joint serves some of the oddest, but best bbq around. They top everything with neon green slaw and a hot, sweet bbq sauce. The normal folks can get the pork sandwich, but the baloney sandwich on white bread with the slaw and sauce shouldn’t be as amazing as it it. Get the beans and tamales if they have them too.

Memphis BBQ company ribs (actually in MS but in greater Memphis)


Cashsaver fried chicken

3. Memphis is general

I’ve been going for 5 years in a row so far and I still haven’t eaten everything here. You have fantastic burgers at Ernestine and Hazels and Alex’s Tavern, the best bbq anywhere with regional variations within Memphis such as BBQ Spagetti, Cornish Game Hens, rib tips and others and the  great fried chicken varieties of Gus’ and Uncle Lous that is dipped in their sweet spicy love sauce. Yum.  Even the cash saver supermarket has mind blowing fried chicken for cheap.



Neyows Char Grilled Oysters


2. Neyows, New Orleans, LA

Recently doubled in size, this Cajun restaurant serves my current favorite version of my favorite food in New Orleans, Chargrilled oysters. I didn’t like oysters til I tried this dish and now I am addicted. Oysters and covered in butter and garlic and cheese and grilled til they get brown and crusty. They serve it with pieces of the bread used locally for po boy sandwiches to sop up the garlic butter. Other versions I enjoy in New Orleans can be found at nearby Katies and the Chain Acme Oyster House.

Suan La Chow Show From Mary Chungs

1 Mary Chung, Cambridge, MA

Home to my favorite dish in the entire world, Suan La Chow Show. Suan La Chow show is only available in the Boston area but should only be eaten here. Wontons on a bed of beansprouts in a spicy, savory sauce with pickled garlic. Also their peking ravioli and its dipping sauce are fantastic. Main courses can be hit or miss but Suan La Chow show never disappoints.

Columbus Ohio Tasty Things.

Basic Coney

Slaw Dog with Onion Rings

Coney with Slaw. Best slaw ever

Deluxe Cheeseburger.

The burger put together.


Village Coney-418 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206

O’Reilly’s pub-2822 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202

The Best Burgers of the Upper Midwest

I went on a great trip to Wisconsin to eat the famous butter burgers of the region.  I also took side trips to Minneapolis and Ohio.  Here are the best burgers of the Trip.

The Best Burgers on my Giant Upper Midwest Trip



Birmingham Vintage Roadside

Some pretty cool roadside stuff from Birmingham, including a Wigwam motel menu

Lost Amusment Park and Airport of Flushing, Queens

A friend of mine posted an article about the closing and razing of a Nathans in Yonkers.  Its the second largest Nathans in the US and I assume the last one that had an arcade inside.  We had such a location at 170th and Collins in Sunny Isles Beach Florida growing up but closed sometime in the 70s.

A little research led me to the fact that this Nathans was originally a restaurant called Adventurers Inn, and that there were at least a couple of them, including one that was a Amusement Park in Flushing, Queens.  

Turns out the amusement park was across the street from an airport.  Eventually both were abandoned and took years before they were finally razed.

Adventurers Inn park from PLACES NO MORE.

Adventurers Inn before it was bulldozed.  I have no idea why they didnt sell the rides.

Flushing Airport on Wikipedia

Flushing Airport from Queens Tribune.

Amazing article on Nathans on Long Island


I also found out about a park called Nunleys on Long Island.  The park closed but the carousel was moved.

Another small park not far from Coney Island, Nellie Bly, now its called Adventurers park.

Another Adventurers in on Long Island is now an Adventureland.

Some old photos from Flushing park in the 70s and other cool things.

An article on Fairyland In Queens, now a mall.  

Memories of the Jersey Shore




Keansburg which was heavily hit

Last chance, Bills Country Kitchen

One of the many places I have yet to get is Portland.  Just found out I am going to be missing out on an old school joint that is about to close, Country Bills


What if someone gave you Bills?


The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

While this building isn't old, the restaurant itself is.  The original locations closed and moved, yet this masterpiece of Hearty food lives on, with prices from another decade.  The menu is starch, starch and starch with only delicious fresh cole slaw to break it up.  I had the meatloaf, while my friend had the specialty chicken pot pie.  Definately worth a trip.

The North Shore

One of the great roads is US-1, also known as Route 1 in Mass.  While there are certainly strip malls and other boring normal things,  Saugus is loaded with amazing Roadside attractions.  Theres also the fantastic but now closed Weylus site, which was a giant Chinese restaurant that went under, leaving an amazing Pagoda that is just ripe for the ambitious entrepenuer.

The Vacant Weylus Above



One of many famous Roast Beef places in New England


Prince Pizza has its "Leaning Tower of Pizza"  Prince Pizzeria is 517 Broadway (Route 1), Saugus.   (781) 233-9950.


Meat Mecca Hilltop Steakhouse, with its 60 foot neon cactus and herd of plastic cows.  You also get treated like cattle.

Drove too fast to catch the name of this trashy bar.


Nearby but not on Route One is Kanes Donuts.  They Make a donut the size of your head.  Click thru for a post from New England Bites.

From New England Bites