In New York, on the first Sunday of every November, the streets fill with lithe limbs and pumping hearts. Runners of all sizes and shapes (and speeds) snake their way through the triumphant path that is the New York City Marathon. It is a literal journey, yes, but also a symbolic rite of passage. For there are few times in this town where the way is cleared of cabs and passerby and the city is laid to bare, just for you. If you happen to be participating in this iconic sporting event, SIXTY has selected some of the best spots to fuel up and carbo-load before the run. Those who will be on the sidelines as emotional support, you need sustenance, too. Eat up, all.
When it comes to morning carbs, the bagel is king. So before the NYC Marathon, get your starchy fix at Frankel’s Delicatessen in Greenpoint. (Side note: we profiled owners Zach and Alex Frankel when the spot first opened in 2016. You can read it here.) From hot pastrami on rye to potato latkes, they’ve got all the Jewish specialities. But for the purpose of this piece, we recommend you order an egg and cheese on an everything bagel. Melty perfection courtesy of chef Ashley Berman.
631 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Clinton Street Baking Company
Understandably, some of us lean more on the sweeter side of breakfast. In that case, Clinton Street Baking Company is the best bet. This Lower East Side gem serves up some of the fluffiest, yummiest, undeniably scrumptious pancakes around. And they come in three flavors: wild Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk. If you miss the morning window, don’t fret. CSBC serves up brunch favorites like their famous buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, brioche French toast, and the aforementioned pancakes for dinner.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
You’re not going to eat pasta and bagels all day. Understandable. For lunch, some meat on a giant slab of bread is what you need. And you’ll find all that and more at Parisi Bakery, where they wouldn’t dream of skimping on the fillings. The star of the show is definitely their signature sandwich, The Dennis, a monster of a hot hero that piles together chicken cutlet, prosciutto, mozzarella, and tomato. Come hungry. It’s huge.
198 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
You’re about to embark on a 26.219-mile run — you deserve to treat yourself on the lead-up. Treat yourself at Babbo, one of the best spots in Manhattan in the pasta department. This white tablecloth joint has flour and water down to an absolute science. At the time of this writing, there are sixteen different pasta dishes. Pick between linguine with clams, beef cheek ravioli, goat cheese tortelloni. The list goes on. Or, better yet, don’t choose at all, and elect for the pasta tasting menu with optional wine pairing. Decision made.
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
Babbo might have the West Village market cornered, but chef Missy Robbins is making a name for herself on the other side of the East River. Of her celebrated Williamsburg restaurant Lilia, New York Times food critic Pete Wells stated the following: “… pasta made by Ms. Robbins is a direct route to happiness…” Noted. With her recently opened Misi, Robbins goes full tilt on the noodles. Here, you’ll find a straight-to-the-point (and straight-to-the-gut) selection of ten antipasta and ten pasta entrees. Robbins is a master. Go there and behold.
329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Speaking of noodles. Momofuku Noodle Bar does, well, you get the idea. Noodles in the form of ramen, noodles in the form of soup. They’ve got noodles that are chilled, noodles that are spicy. Options abound, all of them delicious, all of them super carby. So point at the menu and order something — just don’t skip out on the pork buns.
171 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Header photo courtesy of Ben Stern