New York City Marathon food specials for carb-loading runners

The New York City Marathon is back on Nov. 4, and there are some tasty perks.

As you train for the 26.2-mile race, you may need to load up on carbohydrates prior to the big day — on the cheap. It’s easy to find food that’ll give you the carbs you need, but not when you’re trying to save money.

Whether you’re training, want to carb-load just before the race or celebrate afterward, we have a list of some specials and low-cost meals to take advantage of. 


Nov. 2-4

Patavini, a new pasta boutique at 1794 Broadway, will have a special marathon edition potato gnocchi with vegan pesto sauce and turmeric, chickpeas and chia seeds Friday through Sunday. Runners will get 15 percent off.

Cardoncello DiVino 

Nov. 5

Take advantage of a special carbo-load dinner menu for $48 per person, which includes roasted red beet salad, whole wheat cavatelli and turkey breast with mashed potatoes. Those who go to Cardoncello on the following Monday will get a 10 percent discount when they show a marathon medal.

Bond 45, Cafe Fiorello and Trattoria Dell’Arte

Nov. 4

Bond 45 (221 W. 46th St., 212-869-4545), Cafe Fiorello (1900 Broadway, 212-595-5330) and Trattoria Dell’Arte (900 Seventh Ave., 212-245-9800) will be offering a "Pasta Gigante," a 10-ounce portion of rigatoni and Pomodoro sauce topped with ricotta for $25. Runners will also get free blankets, coconut water bottles and chocolate milk at Trattoria Dell’Arte on the day of the race.

Church & Dey

Nov. 4

Church & Dey inside the Millenium Hilton New York Downtown is offering a $25 unlimited pasta dinner. Runners can choose from cavatelli pasta with shrimp, broccolini with basil and parmesan; tri-color penne with basil pesto; or rigatoni Bolognese. (55 Church St., 212-312-2000)

Woodpecker by David Burke

Nov. 4

To help runners prepare on Nov. 3, Woodpecker will serve up a "Carb Bar" with pasta dishes, wood-fired pizza and more for $5 only. Then on Nov. 4, runners can recover with a free beer and a "Roadrunner Pizza" on the house. (30 W. 30th St., 646-398-7664) 

Boulton & Watt

Nov. 4

Medal-wearing runners get one free cast iron chocolate chip cookie. (5 Avenue A, 646-490-6004)

Park Avenue Tavern

Nov. 4

Runners get one free drink. (99 Park Ave., 212-867-4484)

Parker & Quinn

Nov. 4

Line crossers will get one free beer, wine or mixed drinks. (64 W. 39th St., 212-729-0277)

Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant

Nov. 4

Runners will get 30 percent off any pasta dish the night prior to the race and 20 percent off the table’s bill on the day of the marathon. (102 North End Ave., 212-945-0100) 

Clinton Hall

Nov. 4

Get a free Double Smashed Burger with a Gigawatt IPA when you show your medal at any one of Clinton Hall’s locations (230 E. 51 St.; 16 W. 36th St.; 90 Washington St.; 247 Metropolitan Ave. (Williamsburg); 601 E. 189th St. (Bronx). 

Areppas Midtown East

Nov. 4

Any runner who shows their medal after the marathon will get a free empanada.  (954 Third Ave.)

Free bottles of wine

Nov. 4

The following restaurants will offer a free bottle of wine to runners who show this year’s medal:  Don Angie, Quality Italian, Quality Meats, Quality Eats, Smith & Wollensky, Park Avenue and Maloney & Porcelli.

Easy Victor Cafe at Legacy Records
Nov. 4

Visitors to the NYC Marathon Expo at the Javits Center can grab a free drip coffee with any purchase when they show their bib and those who need to carb load should head in for a free pasta dish with their dinner, including cavatelli verde, triangoli, spaghetti, torchio and raviolo doppio.


Nov. 4

For two days only, Irvington is offering a pre- and post-marathon pasta special for $22 —house pappardelle pasta made with lamb ragu, arugula and parmesan.  (201 Park Ave. S., 212-677-0425)


Nov. 4

Carb load on Housemade rigatoni and meatballs at Kingside on Nov. 3 or head there on the day of for a Kingside burger and IPA for $25. (124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8000)

Magnolia Bakery

Nov. 4

Show your medal at any of Magnolia’s six locations to get a free cupcake of your choice or a small banana pudding:

  • West Village at West 11th and Bleecker streets
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street
  • Upper West Side at Columbus Avenue and 69th Street 
  • Penn Station