Traveling to the Big Apple for the 2016 Panasonic NYC Triathlon? We polled our NYC office for their top picks for training, eating and other fun things to do in New York City as a triathlete.
Best Multisport Shop
Paragon Sports has been around since 1908, equipping athletes for nearly every sport imaginable, including triathlon.
Turkish-style hammam at Life Time Athletic at Sky
Pop into Life Time Fitness’ first New York City location, Life Time Athletic at Sky, in Hell’s Kitchen. The 70,000-square-foot wellness facility offers the cutting-edge cardio and weight systems you need for a solid workout, but stands out for luxe amenities like a Turkish-style hammam and infinity pools on the sunny roof deck.
With several locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (including a few near the race site), Juice Generation is the go-to juice bar for fresh juices and other healthy blended beverages. The shops use fresh produce, often from local organic farms and orchards, and donate a portion of all sales to local organizations and non-profits. Fun fact: The chain was co-founded by Salma Hayek (yes, that one!).
Best Quick Healthy Eatery
After picking up your last-minute gear at Paragon Sports, grab a bite to eat at the Union Square Dig Inn. The chain specializes in quick-serve seasonal healthy meals made from locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats.
Best Post-race Celebration Spot
You can’t really beat the Hudson River views at the Boat Basin Cafe in Riverside Park, a perfect site for knocking back a few libations in celebration of your NYC Tri!
Best Pre-race Carb-loading Spot
Thin, crispy Roman-style pizza is the name of the game at Gina La Fornarina, but you can also find hearty pasta dishes for your carb-loading ritual.
Best Outdoor Training Spots
While you probably think “concrete jungle” when you picture New York City, the Big Apple actually has several wonderful parks and paths that are perfect for a ride or run. Hudson River Bike Path spans nearly the whole length of Manhattan, and both Central Park and Riverside Park have swaths of scenic trails, perfect for exploring.
Best Coffee Shop
Cappuccino at Cafe Grumpy
While Cafe Grumpy already had made a name for itself in the NYC coffee scene with its quality roasts and precise brewing methods, its name recognition has grown even more due to the HBO show, “Girls” (ask your daughter). See what the fuss is about at one of their seven locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Best Popular Tourist Destination
With so much to see and do in NYC, it can be hard to separate the hype from the must-do. But museum heavy-hitters The Met and the American Museum of Natural History are truly world-class and worth braving the throngs of tourists for a visit.