One of the best things about living in New York is wandering without a set agenda. A few Saturdays ago, I met some friends for brunch and then wandered before meeting a few other friends for beers. It ended up being a really great day, with tons of walking, here is everything we did!

Stop 1) Brunch at Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea Parlor is a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown that is an institution. We got there at noon and put our names down (no reservations). It took about half an hour for a 3 person table, which for brunch in NYC is not bad at all. To kill some time, we got Boba a few doors down on Bayard St. Once they seat you, service is extremely fast! We got a bunch of small dishes (House Special Roast Pork Bun, Shrimp Sui Mai, Scallion Pancakes, Shrimp Rice Rolls and Spare Ribs) and our total was still less than $45. Don’t forget it is cash or American Express only.

Wandering Through Manhattan

We were stuffed when we finished brunch and wanted to walk it off. We knew we eventually needed to get to Brooklyn, so we started walking downtown towards the bridges. Our general route is on the map in the gallery above (about 30 minutes, we were walking slow).

Stop 2) NY Ferry to Brooklyn

I had only ever used the NYC ferry to go to Staten Island, but it is also a great way to get to Brooklyn if you are downtown. It only costs $2.75 and you’ll get a view of the Statue of Liberty as you pass by the Governor’s Island stop! The staff is super helpful but know you have to buy a ticket at the kiosk, then get in line for your taxi. We left from the Wall St. stop in Manhattan and took the East River Route to the Dumbo stop.

Stop 3) Testing Circa: A New Brew Pub

A friend of mine works at Six Point, a really great brewery in Brooklyn. So when he told us to meet him at a new Brew Pub started by one of the main brewers from Six Point, we were sold. Circa is in downtown Brooklyn, which we walked to from Dumbo (about 25 minutes). The beer was great, the space is awesome (you see the brewing right in front of you!) and the food was absolutely delicious! We had the Meat & Cheese Board, The Choke Pizza (artichoke, pesto, sweet peppers blue cheese and mozarella) and Wood Fired Beets.

Stop 4) Beers at Other Half Brewery

Other Half is a paradise for a true beer nerd. I have friends who have waited 6 hours in line to buy one of their limited can releases. That is crazy to me, but you know what? The beer is really good. We walked there from Circa, (about 25 minutes). They recently opened a bigger bar area, it used to be a super tiny storefront. Plus, they sell half glasses so you can try a few things without being too sloshy which is awesome.

It was a great day! Let me know if you try any parts 🙂


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