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Chicagoans in for the ING Marathon - Suggestions Please

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Chicagoans in for the ING Marathon - Suggestions Please

Lisellini | Oct 11, 2006 07:11 PM

Hello fellow Chowhounds,

My husband & I will be coming to NYC the first weekend in November for the ING Marathon. While my husband will be the only one running, we both plan to engage in a lot of dining, drinking (after the race, of course), and general good fun. I have only been to NYC once (ate at Babbo-was great), so any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also, I've done some research and would appreciate comments on my ideas as well -- what's overrated, what's great, etc.

Friday:

We will be heading over to the Javits Convention Center early evening to hit the expo. After that, I'm interested in just about anything for dinner -- preferably more on the casual side, rather than upscale. Pegu Club or Employees Only for dinner/drinks? Alta for small plates?

Saturday:

Breakfast -- Ess-A-Bagel or Via Quadronno, perhaps?

Lunch -- Cafe Azuri, Di Fara Pizza?

Dinner -- No suggestions necessary. We have reservations at Lupa. Marathoners need their pasta...

Sunday:

Lunch -- Because I expect my husband to be exhausted & starving, I would prefer something near the finish line (Central Park South) or near our hotel, which is closeby in Midtown.

Dinner -- I need help. I want something nice, with outstanding food. I've been looking at other posts and come up with the following: Blue Hill, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, AOC Bedford, Pastis, August. I'm open to others...

Alas, we must then return to Chicago. Thanks in advance.

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