Yep, here it is again, my annual thread asking for suggestions regarding what to do when we’re not watching baseball. The trip begins 3 weeks from today, and Dopers have steered me right in the past.
This year’s trip is a little different, as we’ll be starting out in New York City for four nights and using public transportation to get around. Seeing games in Brooklyn (Cyclones), Queens (NY Mets), Staten Island (Yankees), and the Bronx (NY Yankees), in that order. I don’t think we’ll be lacking activities to fill our days and nights in NYC, but I’ll still welcome any advice on the coolest neighborhoods, the best bar districts, fun non-touristy stuff to do, etc. Given the game schedule, there won’t really be time for sit-down restaurant meals or Broadway shows or anything like that. We’re staying near the Queensboro Plaza station and will be buying multi-day transit passes.
After New York, we’ll rent a car and head off to
New Britain, CT
and Bridgeport, CT
for one night each. We may stop in Boston for lunch and to gawk at Fenway Park (Red Sox are out of town) on the way from Manchester to Pawtucket.
So what I’m looking for are the best bars, diners, local color, and so forth in these towns on on the drives between them. We’re 2 guys, ages 49 and 50, both married. We prefer local hole-in-the-wall taverns over dance clubs any day, independent establishments over chains. But again, any and all suggestions are welcome. No drinking and driving, so watering holes near the ballpark are a plus.