From New Yorkers to tourists and celebrities, the New York City Marathon draws international attention. Spectators line the route from Staten Island to Manhattan — and along the way, marathon watchers can stop for a snack at some of restaurants scattered along the route. These locations also serve as perfect places to celebrate after you complete the race, too!
8723 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
BAY RIDGE, BROOKLYN: This specialty donut shop is located on the marathon route and offers traditional donuts with creative (and delicious) twists. With over 15 different varieties, people will have a hard time making a decision between the Apple Pie Donut, Fruity Pebble Donut and the “Under the Sea,” topped with Swedish Fish. Not only will the donuts guarantee a smile on anyone’s face, but the whimsical and color interior of Darn Donuts makes everyone feel like a child again.
376 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
CLINTON HILL, BROOKLYN: As the marathon heads throughout Brooklyn, spectators can take a break at Speedy Romeos. Just off the route, the restaurant is a neighborhood hot spot that offers Italian and American dishes, cooked in their hardwood fired pizza oven and on their wood grill. Speedy Romeos serves perfectly charred pizzas, juicy steaks, fish, burgers and various salads. Before heading back to cheering, people need to order the Brooklyn Pizza made with tomatoes, housemade mozzarella and Neapolitan-style crust.
8-08 Queens Plaza South
Long Island City, NY 11101
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LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS: As runners head into Manhattan over the Queensboro Bridge, people can cheer them from the rooftop of Ravel Hotel at Penthouse 808. The expansive indoor and outdoor rooftop serves Hawaiian and Asian-inspired fare and large-format cocktails. People can chow down on their signature rib eye with grilled pineapple while gazing at the city skyline.
Glaser’s Bake Shop
1670 First Avenue
New York, NY 10128
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YORKVILLE: With over 100 years of experience, Glaser’s Bake Shop has become synonymous with delicious baked goods. As people step inside the old-fashioned, yet comfortable atmosphere, they will be drawn to the vast selection of pastry and treats, including turnovers, scones, Danishes, rugelach and cakes. The vision of two German immigrants, Glaser’s Bake Shop has become a neighborhood staple. People can get a box of their famous black-and-white cookies as a celebratory treat for runners.
2287-91 Patsy Lancieri Way
New York, NY
EAST HARLEM: New York is home to numerous culinary legends, including the iconic Patsy’s Pizzeria. With eleven locations throughout the area, the East Harlem outpost is their original location, that quickly established itself as a family-style and traditional Italian restaurant. Becoming known for their thin crust pizzas, marathon watchers can take a break and indulge on their Patsy’s Pizza alla Vodka, made with creamy vodka sauce and grated mozzarella.
Maxwell’s Central Park
1325 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
HARLEM: Waiting along Fifth Avenue, spectators can refuel their cheering at Maxwell’s Central Park. People can indulge on the gastropub-style food, including slow-cooked braised lamb shank, smoky mac n’ cheese and crispy fish Po’ Boy while overlooking Fifth Avenue. Nothing completes a meal at Maxwell’s than sipping on one of their creative and classic cocktails.
14 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
MIDTOWN: As the runners race to the finish line in Central Park, people can enjoy a meal just off of Fifth Avenue at Avra Madison. The spacious restaurant is a Mediterranean oasis that makes people feel they are in Greece rather than Midtown Manhattan. People can order their notable dishes, including grilled octopus and eggplant chips with homemade tzatziki sauce. Weather permitted spectators can dine outside and enjoy their meal while still watching the marathon.
240 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
CENTRAL PARK SOUTH: With the runners nearing the finish line, marathon gazers can grab a meal at Marea. The Italian inspired restaurant serves a refreshing interpretation of coastal seafood. The menu reads like a map, which lets diners chart their own course with selections devoted to crudo, oysters and Chef Michael White’s award-winning pastas. The menu also includes fish dishes, whole fish preparations and a selection of meat and side dishes to round out the extensive offerings.
Tavern on the Green
Central Park West & 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
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CENTRAL PARK: Once runners cross the finish line, they are steps away from the historic Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Originally built in 1870 to house the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green has served presidents, actors and marathon participants. Offering a hearty and rustic menu, the restaurants uses local and seasonal ingredients. Runners can refuel on their signature dishes, including The Tavern Burger with American cheese, pickles and chips.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.