My wife and I are going to Philly and NYC for a few days. I'm looking forward to some beer/pub research.
I was in NYC last weekend. The local homebrewers (a great bunch, BTW) met me at Rattle N Hum near The Empire State Building. I think it was on 33rd between 5th and Madison. They have a web site.
Great selection! They had an IPA festival recently, so many were still on tap. They had 5 gravity casks and 2 hand pumps, plus something like 40 taps. I didn't have food while there, but what I saw looked great (like a proper English breakfast).
Two big thumbs up if you're in midtown.