Upper West Side Restaurants Ready for Ravenous Runners
By Leslie Albrecht
UPPER WEST SIDE — New York City Marathon runners will cross the finish line on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment — and a killer appetite.
Restaurants near the finish line at West 67th Street and Central Park West will be there to accommodate the hungry runners and, thanks to some changes at the end of the course, the eateries could see more marathon business than usual.
This year there's no designated family meet-up area near the finish line, so race officials are telling runners to join their families and well-wishers at nearby restaurants instead.
The marathon's website lists restaurants with specials, such as free desserts for runners who present their race bibs or e-mail confirmation at the Upper West Side's Isabella's, Atlantic Grill Lincoln Center and Ocean Grill.
Lansky's Old World Deli on Columbus Avenue and West 70th Street is laying in extra supplies of meat and eggs for marathon weekend, said hostess Nancy Barron.
"It's crazy that day," said Barron. "We have a lot people who come here after the marathon."
On Saturday night, Lansky's is offering a $10.95 all-you-can-eat pasta special for athletes in need of some carbo-loading. The restaurant doesn't accept reservations on the day of the marathon so it can handle the expected crush of athletes and spectators.
After runners have completed their 26.2 miles, Lansky's deli manager Chuck Abdelmonem says he expects to sell some of the restaurant's "Jackpot" sandwiches, which restaurant staff jokingly call the "heart attack sandwich."
The $21.95 gutbuster on thinly sliced rye bread has five and a half pounds of meat, one pound of cole slaw, a half pound of cheese and a half pound of sweet peppers.
For dessert, runners can head to Shake Shack on West 77th and Columbus Avenue. The burger joint is offering runners free servings of Upper West Side Marathon Concrete — a blend of vanilla custard, Levain cookies and peanut butter that's available only on marathon Sunday.
Non-runners can get some too, for $6.75.