A Marathon Route Pub Crawl
We're thrilled that healthy people the world over are going to lace up their sneakers and run 26.2 miles for fun ("Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?" -- name that movie*) in the five boroughs tomorrow. We'll be cheering for them. From our beds.
emilydickinsonridesabmx via flickr Looks fun? We'll be drinking.
The only marathon we're in shape for here at Fork in the Road is one of the drinking variety -- we've been training for it for years! -- so we've put together a pub crawl that (loosely) follows the marathon route. If you do it right, it might even leave you at the finish line just as wheezy and sweaty as the guys and gals who ran the race, you champion.
Stop No. 1: Staten Island Ferry (bring a roadie!), Whitehall Terminal
OK, you sticklers, we realize that the real race starts over by the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge, but you don't really want to be stuck on that part of Staten Island with no way to get over to Brooklyn since the bridge is shut down for runners, do you? We didn't think so. Get your start by jumping on the free ferry from the Whitehall terminal at the tip of Manhattan. Bring a couple of roadies -- beer is allowed on the boat -- take in a view of the harbor (and the Statue of Liberty!), and then turn around and come back. The ferry departs every half an hour, and you'll have about a five-minute wait time on the return trip.
Stop No. 2: Longbow Pub & Pantry, 7316 Third Avenue, Brooklyn (and maybe Bab Al Yemen)
Jump on the R train to Bay Ridge at Whitehall and head out to the 77th Street stop. Walk up to 74th Street and Third Avenue, where you'll find the Longbow Pub & Pantry, a Welsh pub that pours cider and doles out formidable plates of fish and chips. If you'd like to get something more out of your trip to Bay Ridge -- how often are you out here, after all? -- walk up to Bay Ridge Avenue and Fourth Avenue and find Bab Al Yemen. Go on, have a little lamb.
Possible dim sum interlude: Pacificana, 813 55th Street, Brooklyn
You're going to be passing through Sunset Park via the R train, so if you want a solid way to steel your stomach for what's to come (and you skipped Bab Al Yemen), you might stop off at Pacificana. It's a bit of a hike from the 59th Street or 53rd Street R stop, but hey, you decide if dumplings are calling your name.
Stop No. 3: South, 629 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
Take the R on up to Prospect Avenue and head over to South, on Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets. Have a craft beer (or a $3 Miller High Life), a shot, maybe a grilled cheese, and, if you've failed to heed our food suggestions prior, definitely some popcorn, which is free.
Stop No. 4: Hank's Saloon, 46 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
Oh, let's hit a dive bar, shall we? Take the R up to Atlantic Avenue, and find your way to the intersection of Atlantic and Third avenues, where one of this city's iconic taverns has held court for decades. Shoot some pool, toss back a cheap drink, and pump a bit of extra cash into the jukebox, which spins classic rock.
*Back to the Future Part III (Bulletproof vest!)