Park barbecues: Where to grill in NYC this summer
The park barbecue is a great Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day standby. Gather your friends and fire up the grill in one of these park barbecue areas.
Tue May 7 2013
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
Queens parks with barbecuing areas
For permits and other information, call 718-393-7272 or visit nycgovparks.org
- Critics choice
Queens’ largest green space has so much to offer that the two barbecue areas, located on either side of picturesque Meadow Lake, can often be overlooked. Both zones boast grills and lots of space, but we advise sticking to the east side, which lies slightly farther from the nearby expressways. Consider pregaming there during the US Open, held at the park’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, or before Mets games at neighboring Citi Field.
- Enter at Jewel Ave and Van Wyck Expwy
Brimming with wetlands and meadows, the picturesque park reveals glimmers of sunshine through a canopy of trees. Its small, mostly blacktop barbecue area has only three grills, so get there early to claim a flame, or at least a place in line for one.
- Enter at 232nd St and 67th Ave
This is the largest continuous oak forest in Queens, slightly marred by two roads that run through an otherwise all-natural backdrop. You should be okay if you just face away from the traffic and get all Iron Chef on the five grills available.
- Enter at Woodhaven Blvd at Forest Park Dr
More Queens grill spots
- Baisley Pond Park (Enter at Sutphin Blvd and 125th Ave)
- Michaelis-Bayswater Park (Enter at Beach Channel Dr and B32 St)
- Cunningham Park (Enter at Union Tpke and Francis Lewis Blvd)
- Highland Park (Enter at Highland Blvd and Jamaica Ave)
- Queensbridge Park (Enter at Vernon Blvd and 41st Ave)
- Springfield Park North (Enter at 147th Ave and Springfield Blvd)