Fitness is great and all, but the real reason we run the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is for what happens after the race. Nothing beats a celebration with your crew after having just run 13.1 miles.
That’s why we teamed up with our friends at Airbnb on a guide to some of the best places to hang, eat, and drink with your crew after the race--all of which are along either the D, F, Q, or N trains.
Good luck, ATHLEEEEATS. Here’s to running fast and eating well afterwards.
So maybe your post-race celebration isn’t starting until later in the day. But what about those hours between the race and the party? Your move is Milk Bar. Airbnb hosts in Prospect Heights love this spot for its relaxed, airy space and tasty coffee, breakfast, and lunch options. You’ll definitely want to order the avocado toast.
Q Train - Opens at 7:30am
You just ran 13.1 miles. There are a lot of ways to celebrate, but probably none better than stuffing your face with some of NYC’s finest and most authentic tacos. After you cross the finish line, your next priority should be getting to Tacos El Bronco, a favorite of Airbnb’s Greenwood Heights hosts, and just a few stops on the N train north from Coney Island. The space is about as simple as it gets, but you won’t need more than a few (or ten) tacos and beers to feel right at home.
N Train - Opens at 10am
Need a little more variety? Krupa Grocery has something for everyone in your crew. And with its laid-back neighborhood vibes and big back patio, this place is an easy post-race celebration winner. Don’t let the carb parade stop just because you’ve already run the race - keep the party going with breakfast gnocchi and pancakes. Bonus: you’re a block away from a Prospect Park nap situation afterwards.
F Train - Opens at 7am
After the race, eating is obviously important. But so is drinking. You just completed a major feat of human strength, and that calls for alcohol. Head to Lavender Lake for a big, highly enjoyable beer and a big, highly enjoyable outdoor space to drink it in. As for what you’ll eat? Great comfort food, with a nice mix of fried stuff and slightly less bad-for-you stuff. Because balance is important.
F Train - Opens at 12
PIZZA PARTY. You haven’t needed this so badly since your second grade birthday party. Franny’s isn’t just a convenient location for it - it’s an excellent one. As long as your table is loaded with lots of pies and maybe a few vegetables, you’ll be happy. Just don’t skip out on the clam pie.
Q Train - Opens at 12
Have a bunch of friends coming from all over the city to meet you after the race? Then you need a place where you won’t feel like you have to get up and leave as soon as you’ve paid the check. Enter Greenwood Park, the giant indoor/outdoor spot that’s perfect for an all-day hang. There’s lots of beer, a good variety of snacks and plates, bocce courts, and more space than you’ll know what to do with.
F Train - Opens at 12
You just ran for a very long time. You don’t want to go someplace dainty or fancy or stuffy. You need something straight-up comfortable. And Hunter’s is exactly that - an unpretentious, casual environment with food built to please. You really can’t go wrong with the menu here, but you probably need at least one Elvis French Toast (with peanut butter, banana, and walnuts) for the table.
F Train - Opens at 10am
If you ran the half marathon, there’s an 87% chance you will want a cheeseburger afterwards. And one of the best ones nearby is at Rose’s. Not that you need to worry about what your non-runner friends want - but there are other options for them, too. Need another reason? The back patio is awesome.
Q Train - Opens at 12
Had enough carbs in the past few days to last a lifetime (or just until dinner)? Then what you need is meats. Lots and lots of barbecued meats. Get to it at Morgan’s, where you can eat the best BBQ in the area on a front porch. You’re not in Texas, but you might as well be. And if you end up getting a sudden urge for carbs, you can order some mac and cheese from Elbow Room right next door.
Q Train - Opens at 11am
Or, perhaps you’re one of those highly-civilized people who just wants to eat a regular brunch in a “cute” space with a group of friends. We support that, too. So here’s a great recommendation from several of Airbnb’s Boerum Hill hosts: Rucola. It’s not huge, but works well with a smaller crew. The space is exceedingly pleasant, the food is solid, and they serve the best pie in the city--from Four & Twenty Blackbirds. And no one is too civilized for pie.
F Train - Opens at 8am
Need enough space for your crew of 20? Luckily there’s Threes Brewing, a giant craft beer brewery with rotating food vendors and a sprawling back patio. Should your crew of 20 actually be a crew of 30 if you count babies, this place is also quite stroller-friendly.
D, N, Q Trains - Opens at 12
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