Open-air dining enthusiasts can grab a seat on a bench along the East River between the Robert F. Kennedy and Hell Gate Bridges, or nab a more panoramic vantage point on the central lawn. (You'll also find a few nice brown-bag–worthy patches alongside Hell Gate—but be warned that they suffer slightly from the noise of train traffic overhead.) For a break from boring PB&J, get a taste of the nabe’s history as a Greek-immigrant enclave by ordering takeout from Agnanti. The Mediterranean restaurant has a patio overlooking the park, but appetizers like domlades and the chicken souvlaki will taste even better on a blanket.
The start of summer is not just a date on the calendar. The season really arrives once New Yorkers start taking to rooftop bars, settling in at outdoor restaurants and packing picnic baskets for DIY dining in the five boroughs’ loveliest green spaces. Fortunately, we have plentiful parks ideal for impromptu alfresco feasts all around town. Here, however, we’ve selected a few particularly perfect picnic picks, along with all the best snack spots nearby.
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