New York’s bicycle-sharing program, Citi Bike, launched on Monday with 6,000 bikes at more than 300 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This makes getting around the city and its boroughs more fluid than ever, and allows you to embark on some epic food crawls by bike. We’ve planned out food and drink tours of three off-piste neighborhoods that are all doable on those brand-spankin’-new shiny blue bicycles, which can be parked at an ideal starting point for each adventure.
To see where all 300 of the City Bike stations are located, check this map. Before heading out, make sure the stations you plan to use are currently operational, as the bike program is still expanding. Now let’s roll:
Bedford Stuyvesant Crawl
Park your bike at: Monroe Street and Bedford Ave, Brooklyn (map)
Why it’s destination-worthy (and what to do): Bed-Stuy is rapidly emerging as Brooklyn’s newest neighborhood for food lovers, with Saraghina serving stellar pizza, SCRATCHbread offering brunch in a cup, and Peaches Hot House frying up scorching chicken and soul-food sides. Start your neighborhood tour at Do or Dine, which is not to be missed on a visit to Bed-Stuy for Nippon nachos (nachos made with dumplings in place of tortilla chips), foie gras doughnuts, and whole golden sea bass with thick-cut fries.
Park your bike at: Franklin St and Milton St, Brooklyn (map)
Why it’s destination-worthy (and what to do): Greenpoint is a neighborhood that’s damn near impossible to get to if not by bike—relying on the G train is not recommended. Greenpoint is also where Paulie Gee’s, one of New York’s top Neapolitan pizzerias, is located.
Paul “Paulie Gee” Giannone is a master of his craft, cooking puffy, cheesy pies in his 800-degree wood-fired oven (which he had custom-built in Naples). Don’t miss Paulie’s Cherry Jones pie with sweet gorgonzola, milky fior de latte, salty prosciutto, dried bing cherries, and orange blossom honey.
After you’ve had your pizza fix, bike over to Manhattan Inn for live piano and a cocktail or Brouwerij Lane for 150 varieties of bottled beer and 19 tap lines. You’ll surely work up an appetite boozing, so end your crawl at Crif Dogs.
Hunter’s Point/Long Island City Crawl
Park your bike at: Jackson Ave and 46th Rd, Queens (map)
Why it’s destination-worthy (and what to do): Catch a set by your favorite DJ and dance until you’re sweaty at MOMA PS1’s Warm Up series. Grab lunch beforehand at M. Wells Dinette, a cafeteria-style restaurant from French-Canadian chefs Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis. Dufour’s innovative menu features daily specials like housemade charcuterie, French onion soup, and an amped-up version of bibimbap with raw tuna and scallop.
After the show, go drink exceptional cocktails at the nearby Dutch Kills, and/or one of the 28 craft brews on tap at Alewife.