Bike Ride Leads to Eating with Abandon

Remember that fantastic sense of freedom you felt when you first rode a bike sans training wheels?  The wobbly exhileration?  For a bit of two-wheeled nostalgia, ride a bike in New York City.  It’s as if the whole world has opened itself up to you, and trust me, when you’re racing a taxi on a cobblestoned street to squeeze past the double-parked delivery truck (which you miss hitting by 4 inches) ten feet in front of you, that exhileration comes wooshing back.  Finding myself unhindered by subway schedules, traffic, and distance on foot (ahem, I rarely travel above 42nd St), I spent the weekend crossing the city at will like a kid who has realized she has no boundaries. I was also like a kid in a candy store…when you can get around thrice as fast, brunch in Brooklyn and drinks on the Hudson doesn’t seem so crazy.  Here, a pictorial….

My food trail was longer than this shadow

My food trail was longer than this shadow

 

Breakfast….ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo

Waking up with huevos rancheros at Bubby's in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Waking up with huevos rancheros at Bubby's

Cruising…

After brunch, we check out the small but perfect farmer's market just across the street from Bubby's, next to the park.

After brunch, we check out the small but perfect farmer's market across the street from Bubby's, next to Fulton Park.

Check out these beautiful carrots

Check out these beautiful carrots

It's worth crossing the bridge to sit in this park

It's worth the trip over the bridge to sit in this park and look at Manhattan.

Lunch…picnic on the Hudson River

the hero from Olives- love the marinated red onion and olive tapenade.

the hero from Olive's on Prince St.- love the marinated red onion and olive tapenade.

a good ol' turkey sandwich done right with bacon

a good ol' turkey sandwich gets an upgrade with smoky bacon and really good tomatoes.

wash it all down with fresh lemonade

wash it all down with fresh lemonade

 

Late Afternoon Snack….after a long ride up to Columbia University, we were thirsty, and hungry, again.

Dog and a Cold Beer, One of Life's Simple Pleasures.  This can be had at the Frying Pan.

Dog and a Cold Beer, One of Life's Simple Pleasures.

The Frying Pan happened to be hosting Bahamas Culture Day, so there were all these Bahamians selling incredible homemade food. This is fresh conch salad, courtesy of the Conch Man.

The Frying Pan happened to be hosting Bahamas Culture Day, so there were all these Bahamians selling incredible homemade food. This is fresh conch salad, courtesy of the Conch Man.

Many, many hours (and beers) later, we see one of the waterfalls in late afternoon sunlight

Many, many hours (and beers) later, we see one of the waterfalls in late afternoon sunlight

 HOW TO DO IT:

Metro Bicycles. Rentals from $35 a day.  Various city locations, get more info here.

Bubby’s in Brooklyn.  There’s one in Tribeca too, serves up consistently tasty American food, known for their pies and incredible biscuits. 1 Main St. in Dumbo. www.bubbys.com

Farmer’s Market. 1 Main St at entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Learn more here.

Olive’s. Simple, fresh, delicious sandwiches, salads, and baked goods for takeaway. 120 Prince St. www.olivesnyc.com

Frying Pan.  One of my favorite outdoor bars, literally sits on out on Hudson River.  No fuss, good food and drink and the perfect sunset.  Read more here.

NYC Waterfalls.  This art project by Olafur Eliasson is on display until October, and the waterfall underneath the Brooklyn Bridge is simply beautiful.  Learn more here.

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2 responses to “Bike Ride Leads to Eating with Abandon

  1. Bea

    Sounds like an amazing day :)

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