As any Francophile knows, the Tour de France has begun. Over twenty-one stages and over 2,000 miles will be covered between now and July 24, making it one of the most grueling sporting events of the summer. And since we’ve long considered transporting from uptown to downtown to sample New York’s best restaurants a competitive sport, we over-enthusiastically accepted the challenge that Daniel Boulud posed to New Yorkers and visitors alike — the Tour de New York Challenge.
It’s simple, really — order a main course at any of chef Boulud’s restaurants in New York (believe us, there are plenty) during the Tour de France and receive an official DB stamp. Rack up five stamps and you’ll earn a complimentary lunch for you and three of your closest friends at DBGB Kitchen and Bar. Unlike the real Tour de France, you don’t actually have to get on a bike to earn any honors. You just have to eat! Taxis, bikes, subways, and your own two feet can get you to his restaurants, which include Daniel, Café Boulud, Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud, db Bistro Moderne, Bar Pleiades, Epicerie Boulud, and DBGB Kitchen and Bar. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/seventyoneplace)
Print your own official Tour de New York Challenge card here, it awaits only the stamps that justify you eating at multiple restaurants with the name Boulud in them over the coming weeks. Whether you’ve got a rider you’re cheering on in the real Tour de France or, frankly, didn’t even know it was back again, this challenge is not for the faint of heart. It’s for the hungry.