THE NYC FOOD MARATHON:26.2 DISHES IN 26 LOCATIONS IN 24 HOURS
“The body’s not a temple. It’s an amusement park.”
In my avorite ood memoir,
I high-lighted close to 100 passages. Most wererelated to topics or urther exploration,questions I needed answers to.Six months later, only two passagesremained mysteries. Both related to proes-sional ches who had gone on “ood tours,”eating at 15–30 restaurants in single days. Onehad done it or pleasure while in Italy, theother or research prior to opening his own joint in NYC.I couldn’t gure out the logistics. How is itpossible to hit that many places? How couldanyone eat that much ood? Was it remotelyplausible, or a literary exaggeration? I askedJZ to help me test-drive it.I proposed an “NYC Food Marathon”: 26.2dishes, all at diferent places, in 24 hours. Itwas a nod to the 26.2 miles in a normal mara-thon, and we would walk the whole thing.But which 26.2 dishes? To narrow it down,JZ asked more than 40 NYC ches and oodieriends: “I it were your last day to live, whatwould you eat in NYC?” That created thestarter list, which JZ honed down to itemsunique to (or iconic in) NYC. Needless to say,all o them had to be
. The locationsalso had to be close enough together that wecould hit them by oot in a single day. For thisreason, we ocused on Manhattan.On December 20, 2011, less than 24hours ater I’d tackled the 14,000+ calorieVermonster, we did it. Like all rst-timemarathons, it was
Without a doubt, it was also totally worth-while. We ended up eating 20+
New York Times
stars rom 9 a.m. to 3:23 a.m. In a ootrace,that’d be slower than the bag lady pushingthe broken grocery cart, but in a ood mara-thon, 18 hours is an MVP hustle. The morn-ing we started, JZ’s partner and che-ownerat Riverpark, Sisha Ortuzar, texted: “I wantreports every hour.” He expected us to lose ourlunch beore lunch.We didn’t.A meticulous plan, a minute-by-minuteblueprint, was our savior. It’s included in thenext spread, with adjustments and notes inparentheses.Seem like a lot o ood? It wasn’t. It was areaking Godzilla-killing buttload o ood.To replicate our NYC Food Marathon (ora ood marathon in your own city), which Itotally encourage you to try, a ew guidelinesare mission critical. It’s all worth saving upor. Think o the stories or the grandkids!Now the golden rules:
Do this with a riend. It’s 100 timesmore un.
Split everything (ood quantities andcost). Our marathon cost about $550 total,but your mileage may vary.
The 4-Hour Chef
by Tim Ferriss