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Oct 22, 2012 08:00 AM

Post NYC Marathon Dinner

Hi all,

I've got some friends flying over to participate and cheer us on in the NYC marathon and I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for an excellent post race meal (early dinner time).

I live on the UWS, but am happy to catch a train anywhere in the city (we'd like to keep it Manhattan centric). No cuisine preferences, but i was initially thinking a nice NY steakhouse (maybe keens?) or similar. As the people flying in are from Australia and spend little time here in the US, I'd like to make it as classically "New York" as possible (if such a thing still exists).

There will be 5 of us all together.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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  1. Where are they staying? When I have cheered on friends who have run the marathon, they really want to just chill afterwards, maybe take an ice bath. Many people also don't want to eat too soon after finishing. So perhaps it'll be better if you can meet them near where they are staying, after they have gotten a chance to clean off and relax a little. Then go to your dinner.

    I was just at Keens a few weekends ago, and it was as good as ever (assuming it's conveniently located for the recovering runners). Porterhouse for two and sauteed mushrooms really hit the spot.

    Keens only has a few tables remaining for parties of 5 on November 4th, I only see 5pm and 5:15 on OpenTable. I would book ASAP.

    1. Keens is a great idea... if people will be awake... many years I finish, go for beers and wings on my walk home from the finish, hit the shower and then the couch. Sometimes I do not get up except to get more beer and to place a pre-prepared lasagna in the oven. Other yearss I have gone to parties

      You may find the steak houses have booked up for that night already anyway. Other great NY things could be any of the restaurants we always talk about here... (except sushi I suppose, that would not hit the spot... not even close)

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      1. re: dyrewolf

        Keens it is...I'm doing the Marathon too (It'll be my firs tone ever so I'm pretty excited), and agree i would likely not feel like travelling too far, but the others are staying in midtown, so Keens would make sense. I'l have the mutton chop again :)

        Plus, I love their scotch list!

        Thanks for reinforcing the suggestion.

        1. re: r32nissan

          I agree with Kathryn. I've run 8 Marathons (7 NYC 1 Marine) and food was the last thing from my mind when I finished. A cold beer and a cold bath!

          1. re: Stuartmc910

            I feel the same--I've done three NYC marathons and no way would I have wanted to go anywhere afterwards other than home. I also didn't feel like eating much more than necessary; it's one of the paradoxes of long distance running, I guess, that it's one time when you should eat a lot but you don't really feel hungry. I know your friends are coming from far away, but you might want to warn them that you might not be able to linger at the table too long and maybe suggest catching up with them at a great breakfast or brunch the next day.

            1. re: Skippy1414

              I could imagine. After my 21 mile training run a few weeks ago, I was just after a good cocktail and a small bite. I'm kind of hoping the adrenaline will still be there but somehow i doubt it. I'll see how we go. Thanks all. Less than 2 weeks until teh big day. :)

              1. re: r32nissan

                Make the rez, we locals are happy to sit on the couch and eat fried cheese after the race cause we're in our hometown. Out of towners want to enjoy the city.

                1. re: dyrewolf

                  good point...early res made. I'll muster up some energy to head to midtown to catch up with them...even if i may be unable to move haha.

                  1. re: r32nissan

                    Also, while Keens is "classic NY" (whatever that means... but it is) Aussies get great steak at home... and great asian. Italian is not so good there, nor is the French ... you may want to think down those lines....

      2. "Park Slope spots Talde, Pork Slope, and Thistle Hill Tavern are offering carbo-loading specials on Saturday, November 3, the eve of the New York marathon. One such deal: $4 double orders of tater tots at Pork Slope. After the race, all restaurants are offering half off drinks and a complimentary glass of Champagne, and for finishers with medals only, Thistle Hill is offering a $20 rib-eye steak, Talde is offering "victory ramen" for $13, and anything pork is $5 at Pork Slope." [Grub Street]

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          If we were in Brooklyn that would be a viable option (and a free champagne is never a bad thing)...unfortunately, myself on the UWS and visitors staying in midtown, I don't think we're going to be able to make it :(

          Edit - found this from last year...I guess there'll be some more things as the race gets closer.

          1. re: r32nissan

            Ah, le bummer. I hear you, though! Yes, I'm sure more and more things will come up as the date nears. Bravo and good luck to you!