I figured I’d compile all the other things we did in New York outside the race in one spot. It always comes in handy to refer back to when looking for a good restaurant recommendation!
We stayed at 6 Columbus, which wasn’t that fancy of a hotel, but it was the PERFECT location. Right across the street was the Columbus Circle shopping area, which had a Whole Foods and an Equinox in it. You got access to the Equinox if you were staying at the hotel, which was great. I used all their foam rollers.
The first night we checked in, we had sushi at the restaurant connected to the hotel – Blue Ribbon Sushi. OMG it was expensive and probably the best sushi I’ve had in a long time.
The next morning, I got up and went to Pick-A-Bagel, down the street from our hotel, and then took a Lyft over to Tracksmith’s pop up store. The held in Soho at a store called “The Rowing Blazers.” The vibe was very on brand for them, even though it was a rowing themed store. Still fun to see.
Then I took a yellow cab over to the expo. I never did decide if Uber/Lyft or yellow cabs were a better option. The hotel, the expo and the Tracksmith pop up were all kind of far apart, so that made it a bit of an expensive morning to get around. I could have used the subway, but I was really trying to limit walking a bunch.
After the expo, I went back to the hotel and dropped off my stuff, and headed over to Central Park to run 4 miles. The race stuff and finish line were up and it was really neat to see it all.
After that, we rested for the afternoon and went to Upstate Seafood & Oyster Bar for dinner. It was dark so I didn’t take any pictures, but it was so good! We also ended up at Big Gay Ice Cream for dessert and shared a cone called “The Salty Pimp” LOL.
The next day, we slept in and John joined me for a my shake out run and had the MOST fun 😉 I ate a bagel beforehand and more carbs after.
Then we went over towards the Minskoff theater for lunch. We ate at Junior’s Deli in Times Square – which we wouldn’t do again. It was just meh food. It was in a really crowded area so that’s probably why. I got pasta & John got a pastrami sandwich and neither were great.
Then we went to Lion King on Broadway which was a lot of fun. I picked doing that the day before the race since its a sitting activity for 2.5 hours.
After walking through Times Square a bit, we went back to the hotel to rest & then headed to dinner at Basso56. I had made reservations about 3 months in advance and I was glad I did. It was PACKED. Probably like many other Italian places.
The food was great and the next day was race day! You can read my recap here.
Immediately after the race, I showered and changed and we went to get pizza! We walked to Hell’s Kitchen area – near out hotel – as the race was still in full force and the city was kind of a mess. We got pizza at B Side Kitchen and it was awesome.
John’s pizza is the one on top – pineapple and prosciutto. Mine is the bottom one with chicken and cheese. It was exactly what sounded good post race. We walked down the street to a bar called Valhalla after and that was a lot of fun. After a drink there, we walked to Levain cookies!! I was SO excited to try one and it did NOT disappoint.
The next day we did almost 11 miles of walking. We started off with The Vessel, which I loved, and walked the Highline to Chelsea Market after.
We got lunch in Chelsea market and continued on our walking tour of Manhattan.
The subway station in Colubus circle had a bar in it, so of course we had to stop for a drink.
We eventually made it back towards Central Park and I was going to try and get my medal engraved, but OMG the line was INSANE. So I decided not to and we had a giant pretzel and drinks at Tavern on the Green instead and it was awesome.
For dinner, we went to Momofuku Noodle Bar in Columbus circle. I’ve been hearing about it for a long time, so I was pumped they had a location near us. The Ramen was really really good. The pork buns were meh and the scallop tartare was not my favorite.
After that, we went to the giant new flagship Nordstrom nearby so John could shop and I could try a MilkBar Cookie. It was really good, but I liked Levain best.
The next day we got bagels from Brooklyn Bagels (which is in Chelsea), and then started walking again. We walked by the Empire State building, the New York Life building, through Grand Central Station, the Twin Towers Memorial, and the Chrysler Building.
John was REALLY excited to the find Ghostbuster’s Hook & Ladder building.
We didn’t feel like we needed to spend the time going to into the Statue of Liberty, but we did take a water taxi all around and that was a great way to see a lot in an hour. We did it at 3:50 and got some awesome sunset views.
We met up with a friend at his hotel in Columbus Circle & later walked through the Juliard campus on our way to a wine bar. I didn’t take any photos, but it was cool to see.
The next morning, we took the subway to Brooklyn to explore. John worked from a coffee shop and I wrote my race recap, then we went to the Other Half Brewery, which I loved. They have a ton of candy flavored sour beers.
Later that afternoon, we went to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library which were both a lot of fun.
And I got the final cookie on my list of New York cookies, a classic black & white cookie from a deli. So good.
We met up with friends at a place called the Library Bar for a drink, and got dinner at Victor’s Cafe, which had Cuban Food & was amazing. We flew out the next day & I was so excited to get home to Bennie. But we had an amazing time!