Sarah shares with us her experiences as a runner in NYC including many races and places to train along with her favorite places to eat. I chime in with my favorite restaurants and my experience running the Staten Island Half Marathon. We also talk with Serena Marie RD about the food of the week.
Here are Sarah’s recommendations on running and eating in the NYC
Places to Run in NYC:
Central Park: My favorite place to run in Central Park is the Reservoir. It is a 1.5 mile loop so it is easy to keep track of your distance; there are also three other long distance routes to choose from in the park--6.1 miles, 5.2 miles, and 1.7 miles
Riverside Park along West Side Highway: My favorite place to run because you have incredible views of the Hudson River as well as other NYC landmarks such as the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty; the running path stretches from the George Washington Bridge to Battery Park. There are several amenities along the way such as bathrooms and water fountains.
Prospect Park: For those who don't live in Manhattan or want to explore another borough, Prospect Park is a wonderful place to run in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Run: Running across the Brooklyn Bridge (1.1 miles) affords beautiful views of the NYC skyline if you start in Brooklyn and run to Manhattan. If you decide to start in Manhattan and run across the bridge to Brooklyn, you can stop at Grimaldi's Pizzeria for a slice of pizza or the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a scoop of delicious ice cream. Watch out for the cyclists on the bridge!
Races Discussed on the Show:
TCS New York City Marathon: http://www.tcsnycmarathon.org/
The marathon will be on November 2, 2014.
Philadelphia Marathon: http://philadelphiamarathon.com/
NYC Half Marathon: http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/nyc-half
5th Avenue Mile: http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/nyrr-fifth-avenue-mile
Staten Island Half Marathon: http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/staten-island-half
NYC Runs: sponsor several runs in the New York Metropolitan Area (including Roosevelt Island) http://nycruns.com/
Pure Food and Wine: all raw and vegan; http://oneluckyduck.com/pages/pure-food-and-wine
Peacefood Cafe: vegan; http://www.peacefoodcafe.com/
Grammercy Tavern: http://www.gramercytavern.com/
ABC Kitchen: http://www.abchome.com/eat/abc-kitchen/
Sushi Nakazawa: http://www.sushinakazawa.com/
Restaurants I recommend:
Blue Ribbon Sushi http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_sushi_man_main.htm
Kefi (Greek) http://kefirestaurant.com
Pure Thai Chop House http://www.purethaishophouse.com
Pick a Bagel http://pickabagel3rdave.com/food-delivery-TW/pick-a-bagel-3rd-ave-new-york-city.3297.r?QueryStringValue=6LV3pEuqQxAV/xLavJstYQ==
Poke Sushi http://pokesushinyc.com
(Looks like Topaz Thai is no longer open in NYC.)
Fun Things To Do in NYC from Sarah:
Chelsea Market: Grab some food at one of the many restaurants located inside Chelsea Market (Beyond Sushi and One Lucky Duck are personal favorites) and take your food to The High Line for a picnic. The High Line is a public park built on a rail line elevated above the streets. http://www.chelseamarket.com/; http://www.thehighline.org/
Brooklyn Bridge Walk: I personally like to start in Brooklyn and walk to Manhattan--beautiful views of the NYC skyline. South Street Seaport is nearby when you finish the walk and can be a nice place to grab lunch or a boat ride. If you start in Manhattan and walk to Brooklyn, make sure to check out the Brooklyn Bridge Park when you come off the bridge (http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/)
Cloisters: Such an idyllic spot in Manhattan (http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters). Located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, the Cloisters offers magnificent gardens, works of art, and concerts.
9/11 Memorial: Beautiful and moving. Also, make sure to check out the newly opened museum (http://www.911memorial.org/museum).
Kari’s Must Have Book for Sightseeing with Kids in NYC:
City Walks with Kids: New York: 50 Adventures on Foot
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