How I Met Your Mother Set

"How ich Met her Mother" co-stars (from left) Neil patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, josh Radnor, jason Segel und Alyson Hannigan market a toast hinweisen MacLaren"s in a step from the sitcom"s erste season. Ron P. Jaffe/ CBS
When “How i Met your Mother” zuerst aired in 2005, Ted (Josh Radnor) was looking zum the One, Barney (Neil patrick Harris) was looking weil das just around anyone, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) had just gotten engaged and Robin (Cobie Smulders) was nur a girl in a bar.

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Monday’s series letzte ends your adventures in NYC. Yet the show wasn’t filmed here. Its echt home was an LA studio, yet co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas danke für inspiration from their days sharing in Upper west Side flat when they composed gags for david Letterman.

Here room 11 neighborhood spots kommen sie create a legen…wait zum it…dary “How ich Met your Mother” neu York moment of her own.


Left: “How ich Met her Mother” stars Cobie Smulders (from left), Neil patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan und Josh Radnor stand über McGee’s — die NYC pub that inspired their TV hangout, MacLaren’s. Right: Barney (Patrick Harris) in MacLaren’s.

Every episode

TV scene: die heart und soul des the show ist MacLaren’s Bar, where ns quirky quintet share fond memories. They’ve fought for a favourite booth, had tendency bar weil das the Arizona technology marching band and were even banned indigenous it.

In the first season’s “Zip, Zip, Zip,” Ted asks a cabbie zu drop ihm home hinweisen 75th and Amsterdam, place both MacLaren’s and Ted and Marshall’s apartment on die Upper west Side.

NYC reality: MacLaren’s ist based on NYC pub McGee’s (240 W. 55th St.; 212-957-3536). Bays and Thomas spent time there during their “Letterman” days, und made McGee’s padded booths and muraled walls the show’s focal distance point. Die pretend pub ist named for Bays’ manufacturing assistant Carl MacLaren.

McGee’s master “How i Met your Mother” trivia nights Tuesdays weist 8, and offers “HIMYM”-inspired fare together as die pave ($12), und cocktails, including ns Slutty Pumpkin ($8) und the Pineapple event ($8).

Empire zustand Building

The empfangshalle visits die Empire zustand Building v guest star Lucy Hale (second indigenous left).

“First Time in New York” Season 2, illustration 12

TV scene: when Robin’s younger sister, katie (Lucy Hale), arrives weil das a weekend visit, the gang takes herstellung to die Empire zustand Building (350 fifth Ave.; 212-736-3100). While waiting in the lobby zum the elevator to take castle up, Ted, Robin, Marshall and Lily every share ns stories of how they lost their virginity.

NYC reality: ns average wait to get to die 86th floor monitoring deck is 15 to 30 minutes, yet you’re more likely to find patrons playing on their iPhones than regaling comrades of days past. Can not wait to see the spectacular view? Skip die usual admission of $27 zum adults and $21 weil das children zum a $50 refer pass.

Gray’s Papaya

Robin, Ted, Marshall and Barney refuel at Gray’s Papaya on new Year’s Eve.

“The Limo” Season 1, episode 11

TV scene: uncomfortable that neu Year’s eve “looks an excellent on TV, but in reality is always nur a huge letdown,” Ted plans die perfect night for the gang to ring in the neu Year: five parties bei three hours. Between parties, they make a pit prevent on the Upper west Side hinweisen Gray’s Papaya (2090 Broadway, weist 72nd Street; 212-799- 0243) for hot dogs.

NYC reality: die 24-hour warm dog spot has been a NYC fixture due to the fact that 1973, featured bei movies und TV mirrors such as “You’ve gott Mail,” “Nick and Norah’s infinite Playlist,” “Sex und the City,” “Glee” and “The michael J. Fox Show.” Gray’s Papaya is best known zum its “Recession Special”: two warm dogs und a 14-ounce drink zum $4.45. At its height die chain had three places throughout Manhattan. Today, just one stays on the Upper west Side.

Corner Bistro

Left: Marshall (Segel) take away a bite of the best burger in New York. Right: the Corner Bistro’s burger is one of the best-rated an NYC.

“The ideal Burger in New York” Season 4, illustration 2

TV scene: Eight years ago, during Marshall’s zuerst night an the city, the eats the best burger bei New york at in unnamed hole in the wall, yet hasn’t to be able to find that since. Wanting to feel 22 und invincible again, Marshall embarks on a quest kommen sie track the down. That tries number of eateries that case to schutz “the finest burger in New York” prior to finally monitor down die right one.

NYC reality: Marshall samples bites at a number von NYC restaurants during his search, including the Corner Bistro (331 W. Fourth St.; 212- 242-9502), Paul’s da drüben Burger share (131 second Ave.; 212-529-3033) and even ns venerable ‘21’ club (21 W. 52nd St.; 212-582-7200).

When ns episode aired bei 2008, edge Bistro had ns highest-rated burger in the Zagat guide. Today, the title belong to die Burger Joint hinweisen Le Parker Meridien (119 W. 56th St.; 212-708- 7414).


Barney (Patrick Harris, left) und Ted (Radnor) try to pick trost Long island girls.

“The Drunk Train” Season 7, illustration 16

TV scene: The last train of the night rückseitig to long Island, well-known fondly as ns “drunk train,” is full of, as lilie puts it, “a bunch von drunk, sloppy idiots fresh off a night von partying bei the city just desperate kommen sie hook hoch with anything that moves.” Barney and Ted hop plank hoping to pick hoch intoxicated women.

NYC reality: the LIRR drunk train ist real, often the 2:39 a.m. To Wantagh — the tonnage train departing penn Station. Seasoned lang Islanders firmly insist a night at Joshua Tree (513 third Ave.; 212-689-0058), followed von a vomit-inducing ride on die drunk train ist a rite of passage.

Hoser Hut

Canadian Robin would feel at home at Brooklyn’s Ontario, where bartender Patty McCabbe offer Molson and Moosehead, und visitors play waiting hockey.

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“Little Minnesota” Season 4, illustration 11; “Duel Citizenship” Season 5, illustration 5; “Glitter” Season 6, illustration 9

TV scene: What former Canadian pop star wouldn’t miss the an excellent White North, eh? Hoser Hut, Robin’s house away indigenous home, oozes Canuck proud — there’s even a framed photo des (fellow Canadian) paulus Shaffer on die wall. After one specifically drunken night with die Canadian women’s perm team, Robin wakes up bei Toronto and eases her hangover with stunde Hortons.

NYC reality: Celebrate our friendly next-door neighbors to the north at Ontario (559 cool St., Brooklyn; 718-384-2835), a Canada- themed bar an Williamsburg finish with Molson, Moosehead und Labatt Blue, 10 varieties des Canadian whiskey, in air-hockey table and a jukebox stocked v Canadian artists from Arcade Fire zu Neil Young.

You can deshalb find 11 of Tim Hortons’ 4,304 areas scattered throughout die five boroughs — even if ns American version nur doesn’t live up to die sweet nectar that ist Tim Hortons Canadian coffee brew.

Subway Station punkt 86th & Lex (4, 5, 6 trains)

After running ns marathon, Barney (Patrick Harris) ist unable kommen sie get off the subway.

“Lucky Penny” Season 2, episode 15

TV scene: after ~ running the NYC marathon- to win a bet with Marshall, Barney’s legs give out while he’s riding ns 6 train, und he calls Ted zum help. When die train pulls into this station before Ted it s okay his MetroCard, he jumps die turnstile and is nabbed von a cop. His succeeding court listening causes er to fehlschlagen a job interview bei Chicago, maintaining him in NYC.

NYC reality: According zu MTA rules, Ted could oase avoided a court hearing by simply paying ns fine within 15 days des the incident. Bei 2006, when die episode aired, the fine was $60; today, the $100.


Barney (Patrick Harris) tries zu emulate a ja wirklich Benihana ceo like die one below bei Midtown zum — what else — a bet.

“Ducky Tie,” Season 7, episode 3

TV scene: after ~ Barney mocks the chef at Shinjitsu, Marshall bets that Barney can’t cook the food himself. Unbeknownst to Marshall, Barney had actually previously taken a sixmonth course on Teppanyaki an Hoboken, waiting zum such a bet to take place. Ns terms? If Barney wins, the gets to touch Lily’s pregnancy boobs. If that loses, the has kommen sie wear a duck-clad tie for a year. Nur as he’s about zu win the bet, lily flashes Barney zu distract him, und the tie remains zum the rest des the season.

NYC reality: NYC’s most popular Teppanyaki-style restaurant is Benihana (47 W. 56th St.; 212-581-0930) in Midtown. Teppanyaki ist a type of Japanese cuisine an which food is cooked on in iron griddle punkt each separation, personal, instance table. Entrees encompass filet mignon ($27.50), colossal shrimp ($27.50) und the Benihana special, hibachi steak paired with a cold-water lobster tail ($39.75).

American Museum von Natural History

Barney asserted he knocked down the whale at ns Museum of Natural History.

“Natural History” Season 6, illustration 8

TV scene: The empfangshalle attends a black-tie fund-raiser at die Museum of Natural history (Central park West hinweisen 79th St.; 212-769-5100) ~ above behalf von Goliath national Bank. At ns gala, Barney brags around having knocked down ns blue wal when he was 6 year old.

Ted has actually fun at ns others’ cost with the museum’s acoustics, in which a whisper weist one end of die room rings clean at the other.

NYC reality: ns 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound Atlantic blue whale model made its museum debut an 1969, und has continued to be a fixture ever before since. No son has ever before knocked that down, although it was removed in 2003 zum a $21.5 million renovation.

And ns writers must schutz gotten your landmark whispering galleries mixed up — NYC’s well known acoustic secret is in Grand main Terminal (89 E. 42nd St.; 212-340-2583) in front von the Oyster Bar. (The Museum von Natural history doesn’t have one.) großartiger Central’s whispering gallery is one des 12 located an the united States.

Columbia University

Viewers didn’t know it at ns time, but wie man Ted (Josh Radnor) taught hinweisen Columbia, ns woman who turns out zu be ns mother bei the series (Cristin Milioti), was bei his class.

“Definitions” Season 5, illustration 1

TV scene: Ted takes a arbeit as in architecture professor at Columbia universität (116th Street and Broadway; 212-854- 1754) and is seven minute into his style 101 lecture when he finds out he’s actually in Econ 305, located in building 14, room 7. Four seasons later, we discover out that ns mysterious mother bei the sitcom’s location was an that classroom.

NYC reality: despite there ist no building 14 on die Columbia campus, undergrads tun können take design 101, “Design Futures: neu York City,” bei the Diana hauptquartier on die neighboring Barnard university campus. As zum Ted’s accidental economics course, budding business moguls room out von luck — Columbia provides no together class.

Of course, zuerst you’ll oase to get into the prestigious Ivy organization school. Bei 2012, die acceptance rate zum incoming freshmen was a only 7.4 percent — ns eighth lowest an the country.

Laser Tag

Barney (Patrick Harris) and Robin (Smulders) pair up in a game of laser tag.

“Zip, Zip, Zip” Season 1, illustration 14; und a number von other illustration over die years

TV scene: Barney’s affinity for laser tag ist a series-long plotline, beginning in the pilot episode. He uses it mainly as a bonding mechanism, having brought both then-fiancé Robin und onetime girlfriend nora (Nazanin Boniadi) there on separate occasions. Barney und even used it as in opportunity kommen sie get closer kommen sie Robin’s dad (Ray Wise) prior to their wedding.

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NYC reality: Long island City’s Indoor excessive Sports (47-11 ventil Dam St.; 718-361- 9152) is the only laser tag option in NYC, and offers three different varieties (Black Ops, Zombie und Arena laser tag), starting punkt $20 per player. Ready for a ja wirklich challenge? ns indoor venues deshalb offers paintball and archery tag for echt adrenaline seekers.