Academic life has the advantage of working in many places around the world. I have visited NYC in 2012 for 6 months. Although I worked hard, I could not leave this amazing metropolitan city unexplored. My way of pushing myself to explore every corner of city is by visiting restaurants spread around the city. In NYC I put the Lonely Planet NYC 2012 into an excel sheet and starred every restaurant on google maps. Now that I live in London I have done the same with the addition of adding the top 50 restaurants recommended by the Timeout. Below you will find the Excel sheet for NYC. I also have added the restaurant list for London. The London list is constantly updated as I explore the city further. If you need any recommendations there are grades and one sentence notes for every restaurant I tried.
Here is also the link to a google map of restaurants which I have already visited in London.