Gramercy–Flatiron to Upper East Side
End station: Central Park South at Sixth Ave
Don’t waste an hour queuing up at Madison Square Park’s Shake Shack when, in the same amount of time, you can book it from there to Central Park and have a nice picnic. How, you ask? Stock your bike-friendly bag with gourmet goods at Mario Batali’s Eataly (200 Fifth Ave at 23rd St; 212-229-2560, eataly.com), such as Agricole Del Sole bruschette ($2.20), a jar of Roi basil pesto ($8.80) and Geraci green olives in brine ($8.80). After nabbing your ride, breeze up Sixth Avenue and mutter awww while passing the beautiful tourist traps you take for granted (Bryant Park, the Empire State Building et al.). Once docked, scope out a grassy area near The Pond (Central Park, east side between 59th and 63rd Sts; centralparknyc.org) and toast to your pastoral lunch, the summer season and not having to wait the length of a movie for a burger.