Forget performance-enhancing drugs: Go for the unbelievably great fresh spaghetti with tomato and basil.
45 Tudor City Place, near 42nd St.; 212-599-5045.
Six words: Babbo’s seven-course pasta tasting menu.
110 Waverly Place, near Sixth Ave.; 212-777-0303.
3. Cacio E Pepe
The namesake dish, presented theatrically in a huge hollowed wheel of pecorino, is superb.
182 Second Ave., near 12th St.; 212-505-5931.
4. I Trulli
Mamma Dora Marzovilla is back in the kitchen, leading a team that does nothing all day but roll and shape Apulian pastas.
122 27th St., near Lexington Ave.; 212-481-7372.
Unlimited helpings of three daily pastas, and we’re not talking Ronzoni.
355 46th St., near Eighth Ave.; 212-397-7597.
The One-Man Marathon Support System
Anybody can cheer at the finish line. These spots are where your friends really need help.