11 Places We Had to Visit in New York City

1. Heartland Brewery

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  • The Heartland Brewery menu is extensive with appetizers, rotisserie, desserts, daily specials, and 11 beers on tap. There are 450 seats throughout the two story brewery in the Empire State Building, one of 3 locations.

2. Empire State Building


  • The 86th floor main deck, is the highest open-air observatory in New York. First opening in 1931, the Empire State Building was later granted their own zip code.


3. Irish Pubs

Fans of Irish pubs, we extremely underestimated the quantity in New York City. After 9 we declared our Irish pub crawl complete.

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  • The Longhall is popular for viewing soccer games, this traditional Irish Pub offers GAA game specials and traditional Irish cuisine in addition to burgers, sandwiches, big plates, and appetizers.

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2. Gabby O’Hara’s

3.  The PlayWright Irish Pub

4. Langan’s

5. The Mean Fiddler

6. Hurley’s Saloon

7. P.J. Carney’s Pub

8. Molloy’s Irish Pub (now closed)

9. The Irish Pub

3. Bann

Bann is the premier Korean restaurant in New York City with table top barbecue. Since dining at Bann we have eaten bulgogi and Korean barbecue in South Korea. We cannot wait to return to Bann to enjoy authentic Korean cuisine and makgeolli in the United States. We give this restaurant 5 stars!

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Makgeolli and table top barbecue at Bann

4. Central Park

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  • The USS Maine National Monument, located in Central Park, was dedicated in 1913 to the men Killed in Havana Harbor aboard the USS Maine.

5. New Amsterdam Theatre


  • Originally built in 1913, the New Amsterdam Theatre now only shows Disney performances. In Nineteen ninety-three the theatre closed for renovations after signing a 99 year lease with Walt Disney. 4 years later, the revamped Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre premiered Hercules and the highest grossing musical of all time, The Lion King.

6. How I Met Your Mother Bar, McGee’s

McGee’s is the bar that inspired How I Met Your Mother. Unfortunately, we were disappointed in the dimly lit, sticky pub with little resemblance to the bar on How I Met Your Mother, MacLaren’s.

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  • There are Monday food specials and a drink menu inspired by How I Met Your Mother such as: The Naked Man, S.O.B, Robin Sparkles, Don’t Drink Tequila, Daddy’s Home, The Pineapple Incident, Gay Pirate, Tantrum, Have you Met the Captain, and Slutty Pumpkin.

7. Rockafeller Center

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  • Jeff Koons unveiled his 45 foot tall sculpture, Seated Ballerina, in the middle of Rockefeller Center. The inflatable, nylon sculpture represents his modern interpretation of the Roman Mythology Goddess, Venus.

8. Yuki 55

Not sure how we even found the narrow staircase entering what we thought was a Japanese restaurant, we enter Yuki 55, a Japanese karaoke bar. Being the only occupants, we decided to stay for one quick drink after realizing our mistake. As we were about to pay our bill, customers trickled in, popular American music filled the air, inner Japanese and American Idols were released, and we spend the remainder of our evening in the small, magical, sake filled bar.

Yuki 55 karaoke Bar

9. McSorley’s Old Ale House


  • McSorely’s Old Ale House, the oldest tavern in New York City, has been open since 1854. Original decor, sawdust floors, and old wooden tables, little has been updated. Things are simple inside the narrow tavern. Customers have the choice of dark or light ale and a small chalkboard menu. Popular among locals and tourists, standing room and seats fill up quickly!

We ordered a cheese plate to accompany our small mugs of beer. The waiter set down a sleeve of saltines and a plate with sliced onions and white cheddar cheese. 

10. Bronx Brewery


  • Bronx Brewery has a small tap room with ten beers on tap, but the real party is outside. A large urban, outdoor space with picnic tables, umbrellas, a stage for live music, and line up of food trucks, it’s easy to forget the brewery is located in New York City.

11. Yankees Stadium

Yankees Stadium. New York City

NYC Travel Tips:

  • Exiting LaGuardia Airport, we boarded the Jackson Heights Q70 bus, transferred to the metro, and for under $10 per person, arrived in Herald’s Square. 
  • From our experience Memorial Day weekend is the best time to visit New York City. Many residents flee to the coast leaving behind less crowded sidewalks and empty bar stools. 

June 2016/ May 2017


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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