Overlooking the East River with sweeping views of the Queensboro and historic Hell’s Gate Bridge, Astoria Park has ample picnic space, plus tables to sit at (pack a few sani wipes) and unpack your picnic. Take advantage of the track or tennis courts if you want to work up an appetite, or save some time to walk down 12th and 14th streets to ogle impressive historic homes.
Sharing with family?
Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna is both a local hangout and destination for those eager to try some of Astoria’s best Greek food (and yes, it’s tough competition in the neighborhood with dozens of tavernas!). Over order a spread of saganaki, stuffed grape leaves, cold dips, deep fried eggplant and zucchini, souvlaki and more shareables for the whole family.
Eager for comfort food on a chilly day?
New Yorkers will picnic until the ground freezes and the first snow falls, and maybe even still opt to eat outside. If it’s a bit blustery, San Aroy Thai Kitchen can warm your soul with tom yum soup, deep fried shrimp rolls, and several excellent stir fries, noodles, and curries.
Want to go utensil free?
To some, a picnic is only as good as its strongest sandwich, and that’s where Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli comes in. The made-to-order sandwiches, layered with Italian and American cold cuts, are hefty and satisfying, particularly the signature “Bomb”, which stacks ham, turkey, salami, pepperoni, mortadella, American and Provolone cheeses, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, plus mayo and mustard, all on one 13 inch roll.