Happy picnic season! The days are longer, the weather’s warmer—it’s optimal picnic weather, baby, and New Yorkers are taking advantage, spreading their blankets and baskets in gorgeous parks and picnic spots all over town. But rather than going through the trouble of putting together a whole spread yourself, let NYC restaurants do it for you with this premade, pick-up picnic baskets. What better way to take advantage of summer in New York?
Best pre-made picnic baskets
At this High Line Hotel courtyard restaurant, grab a build-your-own picnic basket before a day spent at the High Line or Hudson River Park. In a picnic tote equipped with disposable dishware and a garbage bar for clean up, you can fill up on a la carte, made-to-order options including grilled flatbreads ($17), formaggi and salumi ($6 each) and sandwiches like a mortadella-Taleggio panini ($17).Read more
Marc Forgione packages his 30-day dry-aged pastrami-spice rib eye with caraway grain mustard and smoked Maldon salt as a $46 takeaway pastrami kit, along with grilling tips and a recipe card. The kit must be ordered 24 hours in advance and is available for pickup Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 10pm.Read more
Available 20 minutes after ordering, the $13 Ploughman’s Lunch package at this Williamsburg wine bar comes stocked with ham, cheese, deviled eggs with whole-grain mustard, pickled vegetables and fresh bread. House-made sodas are available for an extra $3 and warm, homemade cookies for an extra fiver.Read more
The Lebanese sandwich shop, conveniently located near Hudson River Park and Washington Square Park, offers two shareable picnic packages: the $35 for-two option includes a selection of dips, choice of sandwiches (falafel with pickled turnips, egg with labna, marinated eggplant) and two drinks (mint lemonade or jallab made with grape molasses, date syrup and rose water); the $70 four-person version is the same but doubled. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and are available for pickup between 11am and 9pm.Read more
An afternoon picnic in Central Park is made easy thanks to the iconic restaurant’s Green to Go takeout window, offering made-to-order sandwiches (grilled cheddar with bacon, kale wrap with green apples), shareable salads (panzanella, chicken Waldorf) and snacks including salted-caramel popcorn and jumbo chocolate-chip cookies. Items are available a la carte, so you can customize your own alfresco feast.Read more
The two-person repast from this Quin Hotel grill includes items like mint lemonade, chilled soup, organic chicken-club sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit and spreads, and chocolate biscotti with cold-brew coffee. Packed in an insulated basket with cutlery, thermoses and a handy cutting board, the basket costs $125 and is ready for pickup within 48 hours of placing the order.Read more