The World's Most Popular NYC Marathon is Back

The World's Most Popular NYC Marathon is Back

Courtesy NYC Marathon


The New York City Marathon has grown from a Central Park race with 55 finishers to the world's biggest and most popular marathon, with more than 50,000 finishers in 2017. Get ready for Sunday, November 4, the day of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Whether you're a runner, spectator, or fan, we’ve got the best spots for you to carb load (and drink heavily in solidarity) on the big day.  



200 Mott St.

Carb load while also doubling as date night at one of NYC’s most romantic cozy Italian restaurants and cafes nestled in NoLita, Epistrophy. Indulge in a variety of freshly housemade pastas including Pappardelle Al Sugo Di Carne (flat, fresh pasta, braised beef tomato sauce, parmigiano-reggiano), Gnocchi Ai Funghi (homemade potato gnocchi, mixed mushroom, truffle oil, parmigiano-reggiano and Cacio E Pepe (fresh tagliarini, pecorino, parmigiano-reggiano, crushed black pepper).


Left Bank

117 Perry St.

Left Bank - the West Village bistro known for simple, refined and comforting seasonal dishes - offers a number of delicious pastas that highlight the very best of the season’s bounty, with highlights including Hand Cut Fettuccine Alla Bolognese (slow cooked beef & pork ragu), Butternut Squash Gnocchi (with pulled chicken and swiss chard) and Spaghetti (with pancetta, cauliflower, garlic, onion and curly parsley).



285 Madison Ave.

When you’re looking to carbo-load, and fast, the fully customizable noodle bowls at minigrow offer a more polished, food-focused take on the fast casual model. Crafted in partnership with the noodle luminaries at Sun Noodle, minigrow’s freshly made noodles – which include spinach and three-wheat varieties – also pack a protein punch at 12 grams per serving and provide a plush bed for toppings galore, like dashi-poached salmon, seaweed kimchi, miso corn and shiso-basil pesto.


Courtesy of Black Seed Bagels

Black Seed Bagels

1188 Broadway (in the Ace Hotel), 176 First Ave, 210 Elizabeth Street, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

Hit up one of NYC’s favorite bagel shops for their best-selling hearty Classic sandwich (Lox, Capers, Onion, Tomato) or an upgraded Bacon Egg and Cheese to fuel up in the most New York way possible.


Le Fanfare

1103 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn

Get your pasta fix on at this charming, authentic Italian spot in Greenpoint, also conveniently a block away from the course! Runners can load up the night before on their signature Cacio e Pepe, Malloreddus aka Sardinian Gnocchi (served with Berkshire pork sausage, marinara, pecorino) or be slightly healthy with Whole Wheat Pappardelle (served with duck, oyster mushrooms, grana padano). And if you want to carb-load while cheering on marathoners, Le Fanfare serves its delicious Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (served with guanciale, egg, black pepper, parmesan, pecorino) and Pane Frattau aka Sardinian Flatbread "Pizza" (served with marinara pecorino and 2 sunny side-up eggs) at brunch from 11:30 am - 4 pm.


Untamed Sandwiches

643 Lexington Ave.

Untamed Sandwiches’ menu of hearty sandwiches filled with tender, braised meats are the perfect way to carb-load and get plenty of protein before the big day. Fan favorites include the The Hot Goldie (beer braised beef brisket, red onions, black pepper aioli and sweet and sour cabbage) and The Butt (cider braised pork butt, broccoli rabe, pepper jelly, dijon mustard and sharp cheddar).


Courtesy Boqueria




1460 Second Ave.

Located just one avenue away from the Upper East Side marathon action on First Ave in the East 70s, Spanish tapas mainstay Boqueria is an ideal place for spectators to fill up for an day of exuberant cheering, either at brunch (beginning at 10:30am) over tortilla espanola orbrunch paella or a casuallunch of tapas classics. Also, all marathon finishers get a free glass of Cava on the house, to toast to their accomplishment!


Toby’s Estate Coffee

26-25 Jackson Ave., Queens

Williamsburg - 125 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

With an an early morning start time, coffee is a race-day necessity. Luckily, Brooklyn-based coffee roastersToby’s Estate have two locations along the marathon route. Race watchers in Brooklyn can grab coffee at Toby’s flagship cafe in Williamsburg (right off Bedford Ave on North 6th Street) – don’t miss the new fall specials like the Fig and Rosemary Latte – and a bite from the brunch menu. If you’re watching from Queens, Toby’s LIC cafe, housed in an original artist studio, offers warming drinks and a spacious backyard, perfect for enjoying the crisp fall air.


Woodpecker by David Burke

30 W. 30th St.

David Burke's Midtown locale opened earlier in 2018 and has been a staple for the neighborhood, with rotating food specialties from the esteemed chef and late-night happy hour specials since day one. On Saturday, Nov. 3, on the eve of the marathon, the Burke family is running an all-day $5 Carb Bar, with a range of pastas, wood-fired pizzas and other menu options available for $5 per dish. On race day, the runners are welcome to stop in to the restaurant with their tag number to enjoy a frosty pint of beer anda wood-fired pizza, courtesy of the Burke family.




194 Joralemon St., Brooklyn

At honeygrow, minigrow’s Brooklyn sister restaurant, freshly made noodles – custom made by Sun Noodle – are stir-fried to order with a variety of customizable sauces, veggies and proteins. Opt for one of the preset signature dishes, like the fan favorite Spicy Garlic or vegan and gluten-free Red Coconut Curry stir fries, or try the seasonal Sausage & Peppers stir fry (launching 10/29), with fresh egg white noodles, local sweet Italian sausage, roasted peppers and a tomato-basil sauce, for the ultimate #noodlepull.


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