It was tough to give up the old New Year’s Eve routine. For a couple years in a row, my dear wife Karen and I enjoyed dinner at Rico’s Ristorante and drinks at Chadwick’s.
Then we moved in October from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood to A Bitty Better in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville.
So change our routine we did.
I made reservations for two at 6 p.m., and the pleasant woman at Nick & Angelo’s was glad to take them.
We arrived a few minutes early and were given a nice booth immediately. The place was packed. We’d eaten here a lot in previous incarnations, and knew that the restaurant had been kept in the family since Pier 57 days.
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Our waitress tried to be attentive, even though the rest of her tables were waaaay over in a different room. When she didn’t make it for a while, the waiter at the next table introduced himself and asked if we needed anything. All was great.
This could be the start of a new New Year’s Eve restaurant tradition.
Then we drove to the Village of Liverpool, and parked across the street from the Liverpool Public Library. Even though I’ve worked at the lovely spot since May, I’d yet to venture inside the veritable Cobblestone.
At around 7:30 p.m., one side of the bar was lined with customers. The TVs carried the Clemson-Ohio State game. The waitress gave me a bottle of Blue Light for my dear wife Karen and a healthy glass of Cab Sav for me, and charged just nine bucks.
In a bit, I wandered around to take a good look. The game room had a shuffleboard table! I haven’t seen one of those in ages. The pucks were not out. I bet you have to ask behind the bar.
There’s also darts – the electronic, plastic type, not old-fashioned metal, unfortunately – and pool. Karen and I decided this could be a nice place to meet after work when the weather warms up. Indeed.
Then we also walked to The Retreat, owned by the same guy as The Cobblestone, to complete a local swing. We saw many of the same people doing the same thing. We are becoming locals, yes.
And we were home by 8:38 p.m., and I watched the rest of the football game and then we took in Ryan Seacrest’s version of the ball dropping in Times Square.
What did you do on New Year’s Eve this year? Do you stick with one tradition or change things up? What do you think of Nick and Angelo’s and The Cobblestone</strong