Spent an unforgettable evening there a year and a half ago at the recommendation of Manhattan Hounds (also had two fabulous haute cuisine, expensive meals in the city, but McHale's was the highlight of the trip). Just booked a trip to the city in March and immediately looked up McHale's hoping to find that the demolition had been postponed. Sadly not.
Staying near Times Square. Is there anything in the vicinity (or not) that has that old authentic neighborhood bar atmosphere? Somewhere where two ex-Pittsburghers can feel at home, leaving our cash on the bar to be debited, and while away an entire evening without even realizing it. I'll start there, because I imagine that paired with McHale quality burgers is probably an impossibility. But one can hope.