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Urban Athletics: Bike and Eat, The Pizza Edition Part 2: Manhattan

  • Apr 28, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Look at that meetup title, that's a mouthful, eh? Questionable grammar aside, that is exactly what this meetup is about -- I'm a pizza head and for those like me, this day is our culinary nirvana as we ride to taste some of the best pizza in NYC. Our first ride last month to explore the best pizza in Brooklyn was a smash, today we change locales to see what the borough of Manhattan has to offer.

The best pizza? Says who?

As much as I love pizza and have my favorites places, I'm but a rank amateur when it comes to picking the best in the city. For this task I look to the aficionados at for guidance. These guys live and breathe all things pizza daily and have eaten more slices than I can hope to in two lifetimes. Let's see if they know what they are talking about. For this trip we're going to sample the pizza at Joe's Pizza, Sal and Carmine Pizza, Patsy's, and Forcella.

Here is the cue sheet for the ride Print and bring it so you can catch up with the group in case you get separated.

The important stuff ...

  • This is going to be a casually-paced (10 - 12 mph) ride of about 22 miles round trip. Most of the ride will take place on bike paths but there will be parts with street riding and some automobile congestion. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are suggested.
  • Bring cold, hard CASH. Some pizzerias don't take credit cards and you don't want to be scrambling trying to find an ATM.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a patch repair kit, air pump, and spare inner tube. Bring your bike lights as we may be out until after dark.
  • Check your email the evening before you head out for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP.
  • Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.

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  • Karen

    Fun day, good food, great people to spend the day with! Kevin once again you lead an awesome adventure!

    April 29, 2013

  • Wilson

    Hello Pizzaholics,

    We have so much fun yesterday, "my crash with the toy car was a blast", Kevin you're the best. Here is my email address if someone want to connect in linkedIN wparra@hotmail or [masked]


    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Kevin

    Lots of great pizza was consumed today, thanks to everyone that joined me on this culinary adventure. Someone asked me for a recap so here is my scorecard for the day:

    1st place [tie]: Patsy's wins for overall best tasting slice. The sauce and cheese here just worked. But why oh why do you have to be located all the way up in Harlem and not on my street corner! If you're in the area, or even not in the area, get in here for a taste.

    1st place [tie]: Forcella. If you want a little refinement in your pizza experience, this is the place for you. Truffle oil, pesto, and other wonderful ingredients make for a tasty pie. Add in the establishment's ambiance and you have a pizza meal that you wouldn't be ashamed to experience on a first date.

    April 28, 2013

    • Kevin

      2nd place: Sal and Carmine's. Some say the best part of the pizza is the crust and I may be inclined to agree. I could be content just eating the crust from this joint for dinner.

      3rd place: Joe's Pizzeria. With all the celebrity photos on the wall I had lofty expectations of something special. Unfortunately, the pizza here barely surpassed that of your average NYC pizza joint. Maybe I'd have felt differently if Kate Upton was waiting on line in front of me.

      April 28, 2013

  • Elizabeth C.

    AWESOME!!!! Can't wait to do it again!!!! Kevin, thanks for time and energy in putting these events together! Muaa!!

    1 · April 28, 2013

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