New York’s hotels are catering to Sunday’s marathon runners in all kinds of ways, and now, the city’s restaurants are following suit—primarily by providing carbs.
Restaurants all over Manhattan are hosting special pre-marathon menus and prix fixe meals, which are predictably focused on carbo-loading, yes. But they’re also showing you’ll need fresh veggies and nutrient-dense foods to keep you fueled to the finish line. Here are three places where you may want to book a table, stat. —Lisa Elaine Held
1. The National: SIN Workouts has partnered with The Benjamin hotel to offer a variety of marathon-related events like a finish-line dash and a post-race stretch. That also includes a pre-race menu for runners at the hotel’s restaurant, Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar & Dining Rooms. Expect healthy dishes like grilled chicken breast with quinoa tabouli, kale, and spiced walnuts or baked salmon with pearl pasta, pesto, and citrus salad. And there’s an energizing chia seed pudding for dessert. www.thebenjamin.com
2. Davio’s Manhattan: Runners can show their marathon badge on Friday or Saturday for a $40 prix fixe that includes an arugula or farro salad to start and a choice of pasta dish (gluten-free or whole wheat), like pennette with roasted lamb and Brussels sprouts or linguini with razor clams. The third course? A homemade granola bar, to go! www.davios.com
3. MAZE by Gordon Ramsay: This restaurant inside The London NYC is focusing on serving antioxidant-rich superfoods on its Pre-NYC Marathon Fuel Menu. It’s a $42 prix fixe, which includes a kale and quinoa salad with avocado and flax seeds, whole wheat linguini with grilled salmon and broccoli, and more. www.thelondonnyc.com