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unhealthy food as half marathon reward. ideas?

tkm616 Aug 17, 2009 09:35 AM

a group of friends and i are avid runners and big foodies. as added motivation, after every race that we compete in, we pick an unhealthy food that we can reward ourselves with afterwards. the shorter the race, the smaller the reward. since we just ran the nyc half marathon, i need some ideas of restaurants to go to that can serve as a fitting reward for our accomplishments. i would appreciate top your choices of endulgence.

  1. kelea Aug 17, 2009 09:39 AM

    my choice was Hill Country for all you can eat Ribs, brisket and sides! it's on monday night...but i had to cancel my reservations since i ended up being the only one running and no one wanted to pig out after that. (instead, i'm feasting on home made Argentinean skirt steak tonight!)

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      KTinNYC Aug 17, 2009 09:48 AM

      Criff Dogs. The spicey red neck is pretty damn good and not so good for you.

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      1. re: KTinNYC
        tkm616 Aug 17, 2009 10:07 AM

        criff dog will definitely be on our list but maybe reserved for an upcoming 10k. reading their menu makes my mouth water.

      2. nofunlatte Aug 17, 2009 09:48 AM

        The only time I ever get fast food is after I've run a half-marathon. My choice is Arby's Jamocha Shake and Curly Fries--doesn't get much unhealthier than that. Of course, if you're looking for sit-down food, my suggestion won't help you!

        ETA I do like unhealthy food as a reward for healthy behavior!

        1. nofunlatte Aug 17, 2009 10:00 AM

          Ooops, sorry I didnt' see this was the Manhattan board! Thought I was still reading General Chowhounding Topics!

          Congrats on the half! Do let us know how you decided to reward yourself!

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            ESNY Aug 17, 2009 10:07 AM

            Big Pig Gig at Daisy Mays
            Korean Fried chicken and beer

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            1. re: ESNY
              tkm616 Aug 18, 2009 05:51 AM

              we did bonchon for our last half. what's the big pig gig? sounds awesome

              1. re: tkm616
                ESNY Aug 18, 2009 07:18 AM

                Its a family style meal at Daisy Mays. Either a whole pig, half pig, or whole shoulder. Plus sides.


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                  msny98 Aug 18, 2009 08:08 AM

                  The Pig Gig sounds awesome. That might have to be my marathon recovery meal. I do reward myself after every run that is 15 miles or up but need to keep the weight down till after the big race.. then gluttony begins.

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              chow_gal Aug 17, 2009 10:11 AM

              Isn't Gus and Gabriel a sort of haute junk food spot? [Does that even make sense?]

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              1. re: chow_gal
                tkm616 Aug 18, 2009 05:52 AM

                i just saw the menu. that might be our choice. thanks for the suggestion!

              2. k
                KTinNYC Aug 17, 2009 10:17 AM

                How about booking a Bo Ssam for you and your friends? 8 lbs of pork butt and sides!

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                1. re: KTinNYC
                  tkm616 Aug 18, 2009 05:57 AM

                  i heard about the infamous bo ssam at momofuku but i recently had it at my parents' house when i went home for the weekend. i'll put it on my list for the next half.

                2. bigjeff Aug 17, 2009 10:20 AM

                  congratulations to any of you who ran yesterday! I rewarded myself with my third trip to the summer this year to the Indonesian Food Bazaar and had me satay, gado-gado, fried banana fritters and cendol!

                  last time, I think I had ethiopian food at zoma after a race and I've also followed up the queens half with dim sum in flushing.

                  i would just go with that pure deliciousness, knowing you killed a couple thousand calories the day before.

                  1. princeofpork Aug 17, 2009 11:03 AM

                    Hw could you want anything but a Big Mac and Large fries?

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                    1. re: princeofpork
                      tkm616 Aug 18, 2009 05:58 AM

                      haha, i can't taint my body that badly yet since i have to still train for the urbanathlon in october.

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                      msny98 Aug 17, 2009 04:23 PM

                      I ran the half and then another 3 just to complete the pain. I was headed over to Blondies on the west side for wings (my default marathon recovery place too) and it was siezed for non payment of taxes.. Thought about dragging up to Dinosaur for ribs and just gave up and got some burgers and beers at no place special as my legs seemed uncooperative

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                      1. re: msny98
                        bigjeff Aug 18, 2009 07:12 AM

                        it was that extra 3 miles! but I bet that burger was goooooood.

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                        bearmi Aug 18, 2009 07:29 PM

                        How about Peking Duck at Peking Duck House? It's greasy but sooo good!

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                        1. re: bearmi
                          bigjeff Aug 19, 2009 07:45 AM

                          or screw the ceremony of the peking duck and just pick up a half roast duck from chinatown, and a bunch of napkins and sit in the park and chow down.

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                          windycity Aug 20, 2009 09:33 AM

                          The BBQ pork shoulder at New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe - fatty pork and honey bbq sauce, Shanghai-style. Plus some soup dumplings.

                          Gribenes, hot pastrami, and chocolate soda at 2nd Ave Deli.

                          Amy Ruth's chicken and waffles.

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                            tkm616 Aug 26, 2009 02:59 PM

                            update: we ended up going to gus and gabriel and had a really good time and enjoyed all of the food. it was the perfect place to replenish those lost calories. we went on a friday night around 8pm and were seated promptly. the place was full but didn't seem crowded and it wasn't too loud. we started with potato skins, tater tots, and mexi mac and cheese. the "cheesy" tots didn't really taste cheesy but good nonetheless. the potato skins were exactly what you'd expect and the mexi mac and cheese was awesome. both of my friends got the burger (the roasted mushroom one and the fried egg, bacon one). i didnt' try the burgers but they were both adequately sized and had no complaints from either friend. i ordered the smothered crispy chicken. the portion was HUGE and the chicken was really juicy and cooked perfectly. my only complaint was that i expected fried chicken but i think it was oven baked. we were stuffed so we shared the sundae with cookie dough. too much cookie dough and not enough ice cream for me but if you like cookie dough, you'll definitely want to order it. we only drank water so the bill came out to $80, including tax and tip. nothing mind blowing but good food and great atmosphere.

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                            1. re: tkm616
                              kelea Aug 26, 2009 03:03 PM

                              Hey...i had the chicken before my run :) it is fried. it's just not battered. but aren't those biscuits amazing??!?

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                                tkm616 Aug 27, 2009 12:51 PM

                                yeah, biscuits were awesome. i dont' know how i forgot to mention those. i guess it was fried which is how they got it so juicy but i was hoping for the breaded fried chicken.

                              2. re: tkm616
                                LeahBaila Aug 27, 2009 12:57 PM

                                Holy crap...This place sounds amazing!!!!!!!!! I've GOT to get myself there!! Wow.


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                                  RussianGirl Aug 27, 2009 01:46 PM

                                  Same here - not sure how it's possible I haven't been there. I may have to put it on the list after the Westchester triathlon. I love this topic, btw. I usually go for a big, juicy burger, fries, and a bloddy mary myself.

                                  1. re: RussianGirl
                                    LeahBaila Aug 27, 2009 03:57 PM

                                    Indeed! This topic rocks. I could talk about junk food allllllllllllllllllllllllll day. :)


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