On the lifeguard station at Fourth Road in Brighton Seashore, Brooklyn, Capri Djatiasmoro and a gaggle of pals — all long-distance swimmers — acquired prepared Sunday morning for a unique sort of meals crawl.
Stuffing money and bank cards into their rubber caps and attaching neon swim buoys round their hips, they ready to hit the chilly water to swim to certainly one of their favourite meals: lobster rolls at Paul’s Daughter, on Coney Island.
It was the primary swim crawl of the season for Ms. Djatiasmoro and about 10 different swimmers, affiliated with the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers Club, who collect for 2 or three of those casual outings annually. Because the swimmers ready to run into the Atlantic, Ms. Djatiasmoro cupped her fingers like lobster claws and playfully pulled pals to the water line.
Whereas some folks wish to discover town’s eating places on foot, in a meals crawl, these New Yorkers choose a wetter route. The itineraries are timed weeks upfront to match the tide schedule. (The group swims out at low tide, then floats again with the incoming excessive tide.)
Sunday’s journey was the group’s first so-called Foodie Swim for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started. The swimmers proceeded west, following the sting of the shoreline for greater than a mile, their caps and buoys bobbing within the waves, earlier than rising on the Coney Island Pier and heading to the restaurant for lobster rolls and fried calamari.
Ms. Djatiasmoro, 70, who lives within the Kensington part of Brooklyn, has been organizing these occasions since 2010, when she started making mile-long swims to Steve’s Grill Home, the place she ordered exhausting lemonade, onion rings and French fries. Different swimmers took word, and she or he invited them to hitch in. (The restaurant, on the boardwalk in Coney Island, has since closed.)
After lengthy swims, individuals are starved, Ms. Djatiasmoro mentioned. “Understanding this lobster roll was right here for me was good motivation,” she mentioned between bites on Sunday. They take a half-hour to eat, then get proper again within the water for the return journey, taking care to regulate each other.
Eri Utsunomiya, 54, of Jersey Metropolis, N.J., and a few fellow swimmers cheered as they ordered their lobster rolls. They had been among the many first to complete. “When it’s troublesome, I intention for one jetty at time,” Ms. Utsunomiya, 54, mentioned of the swim. “However once I’m caught, I take into consideration meals.”
There have additionally been swims to Rudy’s Bar & Grill, in Coney Island, to chug a number of beers and eat cheese fries after which float again. Ms. Djatiasmoro’s pal Jeanne DuBois, urged the lobster-roll swim in 2018. They’ve additionally carried out a nine-mile crawl from Governors Island to Staten Island to eat barbecue at Juicy Lucy BBQ.
“The swim is barely profitable in the event you get pleasure from it,” mentioned Ms. DuBois, 62, who consists of an ocean swim as a part of her commute from Kensington to her job on the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. “We’re not into that ‘no ache, no acquire’ sort of stuff.”
On July 10, the group plans to return to the water for a 10-mile Key lime pie swim from the Coney Island Pier to Valentino Pier in Pink Hook, Brooklyn. There, they’ll eat pizza and barbecue alongside the seaside and finish the day with a slice of pie from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.
And the swimmers have set their sights on a brand new route, from Brighton Seashore eastward to Manhattan Seashore. Ms. Djatiasmoro is already speaking to a lifeguard there about what she calls “the meals and beer scenario.”
“I don’t know if they’ve lobster rolls, however I’ll accept a beer and a scorching canine,” she mentioned. “I’ll be burping scorching canines on the way in which again.”