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Pre-marathon dinner in Manhattan

Friends and I are staying near Bryant Park and looking for dinner the night before the marathon. It doesn't have to be pasta, maybe salmon, rice or pasta. Nothing too rich...we'll save that for after the race! It doesn't have to be a restaurant (i know there is a whole foods at Columbus Circle that might have some ready made food?) Just looking for something light.

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  1. Within walking distance you will find Docks and Wild Edibles for excellent seafood.
    There is also the Grand Central Oyster Bar if you want to get fresh oysters and chowder. Most of the other choices on the menu are not memorable.

    1. Head over to Hell's Kitchen and get some pasta at Etceteraetcetera or viceversa or Nizza. Or literally dozens of others over there.

      I am sure you know better than to eat shellfish (I usually go with pasta and a grilled chicken breat, the protien helps)

      1. Mercato is not far, was discussed on this thread:

        Or you're about a 15min walk to koreatown, if a bibimbop or korean stew sound good i like cho dang gol:

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        1. re: Ttrockwood

          I would definitely avoid spicy korean stew night before marathon-are you kidding? Just when you are about to kick off for race......well no need to elaborate.

          1. re: UES Mayor


            Maybe rice cakes and tofu with kimchi and a non-spicy broth?

            1. re: kathryn

              Isn't kimchi made of cabbage and tofu beans? Total fail for a prerace meal

              You want pasta or rice with simple sauces and a protein like grilled chicken. And make sure you get your fiber through Sat afternoon.. don't want to spend any longer than necessary in those latrines in Staten Island, (espescially if you are wave 3 or 4 they will be super nasty by then and out of toilet paper so bring some of your own)

            2. re: UES Mayor

              The OP mentioned rice and a bibimbop or the stew can be made without the spicy stuff....i order it that way since i'm a spice wimp myself

          2. Pasta:
            Osteria Laguna

            Fish and rice:

            1. I'm having the same problem, finding foods that are safe and won't cause bowel movements/gas during the race on Sunday.

              I think we're going to go with a huge late lunch at Bouley and some light dishes w/ rice and soup dumplings at Shanghai Cafe for dinner.

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              1. re: howo5

                no no no no

                Bouley is a nice place, French, known for rich foods. there is plenty of time to eat that after the race or now during taper (though I diet during taper) The days before the race are not Chowhound days (unless you search for boring tomato sauce with little garlic or onion or parmesean cheese)

                Friday should be low fat, hi carbs, high fiber and protein. Saturday should be same but eliminate most fiber from say 2PM on. Sunday AM, oatmeal or a bagel etc and bring food to snack on while in Staten Island. There is a long gap between leaving home and starting the race (if takingthe ferry be on a boat 2 1/2 hours before your start time... 30 min for the ferry, 30 min for the shuttle, 60 min to get to corral and fully sorted, corral closes 30 min before your wave)

                If you must have Asian go for Ramen or just a big bowl of mai fun noodle soup.

              2. I realize you came to a food forum for chow advice and not a running forum for nutrition advice, but I really think you should nix the idea of a dinner out the night before and go with the Whole Foods plan. (Or even request a hotel room with a fridge and bring food with you from home, which is what many, many running coaches would recommend.) Take it from someone who spent 10 minutes in the port-a-pot at mile 18 of the Philly marathon last year, and missed qualifying for Boston by 7 minutes. Whomp whomp.

                1. Thank you all for the advice...good to hear from so many runners! We'll figure out what works best...it could be just going to a Whole Foods, or something, and bringing something back to the hotel room.

                  Here's a question that's more fun...how about food for after the marathon (Sunday night). We're usually craving salty, american food, but i'm sure a lot of stuff will sound good. Again, we're staying near Bryant Park, we may want to walk, but not too far. Any suggestions?? Annnnnd go....

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                  1. re: mpollmann

                    Thing to keep in mind is exhaution and desire for sleep.. a fat steak and a bottle of wine sounds great, but I'd be asleep halfway through. I am a local so not a big deal for me to hit an NYC hot spot. I hit one of the bars near the finish for beer and wings and often go home after and eat a preconstructed lasagna (made Saturday) so I just toss it in the oven, shower, rest and chow... and then pass out. I also have a crazy yen for chicken parmegiana... the size of a sewer cover.
                    What food have you denied yourself during training.. go for that