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Oct 25, 2007 12:01 PM

swedish bicycle trip to brooklyn

Hi there, i´m a swedish guy coming to NY to run the marathon i will be renting a bike (like i always do when in NY) i would be so happy for suggestions on a nice bike trip to some nice casual restaurant outside manhattan, perhaps an italian, new american or mexican place where i would feel comfortable eating by myself, any suggestions is greatly appreciated!
Cheers Jacob

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  1. A culinary bike tour of southern Brooklyn might include Sunset Park for Mexican (I recommend La Flor Bakery at 5th Ave and 42nd Street for tortas and mex street food, Tacos Matamoros for tacos and chile rellenos at 5th Ave and 46th Street), Vietnamese (Ba Nguyen (?) for banh mi sandwiches and coffee on 8th Ave near 43rd Street), and Chinese (Lan Zhou Hand Pull Noodle, 60th Street near 8th Avenue), and Bay Ridge for Arab (Tanoreen for tasty sit-down, Al-Salaam meat market on 5th Ave for killer take away shish kebab sandwiches). From there you can ride the bayside bike path under the Verrazano Bridge and on to near Coney Island (Totonno's for wood-fired pizza, but only whole pies) and Brighton Beach (Glechik for good Ukrainian, but heavy food). The bike path continues east from Sheepshead Bay (awesome roast beef sandwiches at Roll-N-Roaster on Emmons Blvd) and from there you can get out easily to Rockaway Beach. If you head back north, great Italian sandwiches at Tre Fratelli deli on Ave Z at about E. 21st street) or at Lundi's Pork Store on Ave N. Memo at Kings Highway and E. 19th Street has excellent Turkish food.

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    1. re: guide boy

      hey brilliant thanx! but do you really mean i could bike all the way to brighton b? that an hour with the subway right from manhattan?

      1. re: JacobtheSwede

        As a marathon runner I would think you could bike that far, and you can always get on the subway with your bike when you get tired. It takes about a half hour to bike from Brooklyn Bridge to Prospect Park. From Prospect Park, if you bike straight down the Ocean Parkway bike path, it's about another hour to Brighton Beach. From there, a half hour biking out to Rockaway Beach. Plus time to stop and eat.

        1. re: guide boy

          So many options..
          The quickest, bike over the brooklyn bridge pick up a small pie at Grimaldi's take it down to the pier near the bridge and finish with a Brooklyn Ice Cream cone,
          If you do go to Coney Island, you can go out via the Greenway along the shore (aiming towards the Veranzano, (about 22 miles out) and then come back via the Ocean Parkway, just be prepared that the path is kinds bumpy (trivia note, it was origianally a horse and carraige path) but the service road is easily shared with the car traffic.

          You could also go over the 59th St bridge into Long Island City, pass by all the development going on, over the Pulaski bridge (a very small one) with a great view of Manhattan, and then head through Greenpoint in Williamsburg, to see a very happening, but still diverse New York Neighborhood,.

          And if you are open to other directions you could head over the George Washington Bridge, turn around and stop and have many options for your meal on the way back down, the Dinosaur Bar, a barbeque restaurant despite the name. at 131st and 12th avenue, or someplace in Harlem.

          Another thought is check to out the websites for the 5 bourgh bike club and New York Cycle club as you may find an organized ride that you could join along.
          Happy Pedeling1

          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

            Go over Brooklyn Bridge only if you must, otherwise it's crowded with pedestrians 24/7.
            Other alternatives to Brooklyn are Astoria (instead of 59th St. bridge take Manhattan's eastside bike greenway to 102st take a pedestrian bridge to Randalls island, from there take Triboro, which will land you in Astoria - you can also get on Triboro from 125th but it's kind of confusing and very sketchy up there - junkies live right on the pedestrian/bike pathway) and the Bronx (you can go directly from Central park - every bridge connecting Manhattan and Bronx has a bike pathway).

          2. re: guide boy

            hey thanx again for your post, but you know i have to save some energy for sunday :)

      2. I my culinary biking usually takes me down Coney Island Ave. or Bedford on a Saturday when Sabbath is in full effect. I usually go up Ave J. near the D train elevated and grab two or three slices from DiFara for a energy boost. Then I make way down to Bedford again and hooka left on Emmons and take that to the Belt Parkway East path. I would avoid Roll n' Roaster. It has gone way down hill. There is a Greek seafood place (I forget the name) on the dock side of Emmons near the Comfort Inn that is supposed to be very good. After I bike to Floyd Bennett or JFK I retrace the route and stop at Randazzo's for two dozen cherrystones on the half shell. The clams on the half are the only thing I like at Randazzo's. If I decide to go down to Coney Island I will forgo Randazzo's and get my two dozen at Nathan's along with a side of onion rings. In all fairness though, Randazzo's might be more of the ambience you are looking for. If you decide to take the Belt all the way down to 68th street straight to 3rd Ave and make a left and head up the numbers. You will see a slew of restaurants. As much as I love Brooklyn Chinatown I would avoid biking on 8th Ave and avoid 5th Ave entirely while on my bike. The traffic is pretty nuts and there is no regard for road sharing. 6th and 7th Aves are good alternatives. In fact there is a great Mexican restaurant on the corner of 47th Street and 7th Ave right opposite the bike shop I go to. They make great tortas. I forget their name as well.

        Keep hydrated.

        1. new american - Bonnie's grill,, both have numerous posts.
          Salvadorian - EL continental - order Pupusas.


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          1. re: Geo8rge

            Bike to Coney Island along the Belt Parkway and come back on Ocean Parkway. Eat at Totonno's in Coney Island.

            1. re: dark knight

              Unfortunately Totonno's won't work for a single person as they only sell whole pies

              1. re: bobjbkln

                Good point - although a single pie isn't too expensive. But in that case I would go with the DiFara suggestion (but go out via the Beltparkway greenway.

          2. I love your question! I cycle daily from Brooklyn to work in Manhattan, and my suggestions depend on your mood...

            You want interesting urban environs, a good view, people-watching, and a hearty meal of meat and good beers/whisky. Take the Williamsburg bridge, chain up your cycle on Bedford, cruise down the strip, stopping in the Bedford Cheese Shop, and then continue on to Fette Sau, a fabulous American BBQ restaurant, very casual. An alternative might be Dumont Burger.

            You want to discover a totally unique Brooklyn neighborhood, take the Manhattan Bridge and bike over to Red Hook. Visit Fairway, Le Nells, perhaps have dinner at the Good Fork?

            You want to see an amazing park, take the Manhattan Bridge again, perhaps do a bit of a detour through the Atlantic Ave area, stop at Sahadi's, Nicky's bahn mi, bike to Prospect Park, check out the leaves and whatnot, have dinner or lunch at Franny's, or search this board for recommendations in Park Slope, of which there are many.

            I wouldn't personally recommend going deep into Brooklyn--Bay Ridge, Brighton, Coney Island, I feel like there is plenty for a foodie adventure closer in. Sounds like you will have an adventure!

            187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            Fette Sau
            354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
            311 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

            Bedford Cheese Shop
            229 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            416 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Llc Fairway Brooklyn
            480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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            1. re: Mandymac

              very interesting thanx! but shouldnt i head for peter lugers or isnt that place worth a trip?

              1. re: JacobtheSwede

                Hmmm...maybe, up to you. You'll get your fill of meat, definitely, at Fette Sau, and it's a much more chill environment. I enjoyed my Luger's experience as being a classic old-school NY steakhouse experience, but search the board for more thoughts on that. If you are dining alone, Luger's might not be as fun as Fette Sau or Dumont...

                1. re: Mandymac

                  Note that Fette Sau doesn't open until 5PM. And for someone who is about to do some hardcore athletics, I'm not sure I can recommend Fette Sau. I'm slowly getting off the Fette Sau bandwagon because I think the food is almost cloyingly heavy. I can't put my finger on what it is because I like fatty meat, but somehow I can't eat much of their food.

            2. The biking food tour is my favorite! On a nice day, you should have some fun. If I were you, I would first decide on the area you want to bike in/to. Then I would figure out where to eat, as almost every neighborhood has something worthwhile.

              It's true that the brooklyn bridge gets crowded, especially on weekends, but if you've never done it before it's still worth it. This bridge is a good choice if you want to see brownstone brooklyn (brooklyn heights, cobble hill, carroll gardens) dumbo, and red hook.

              The manhattan bridge is also good for these places. As a rider I prefer it to the brooklyn bridge, but as a tourist I might prefer the brooklyn bridge. You can always do one bridge one way and the other bridge the other way.

              The Williamsburg bridge (my personal favorite, perhaps because i do it less) can take you into Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick. Williamsburg is industrial hip and also has a hasidic neighborhood which is fun to bike through because it's like something from a different era. Greenpoint is like taking a little trip to poland. Williamsburg also has an old italian neighborhood.

              Though it's fun ride to coney island, i wouldn't go too far into brooklyn if you have a marathon to run. I think you'll have plenty to do with the areas nearer the bridges.

              Once you decide where you're going, post back and I, and many others, can give you suggestions on where to eat.