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Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

The best places to bring your next takeout picnic near Time Out Market New York

Make the most of Time Out Market New York's stunning waterfront location by taking your food to these great nearby picnic spots.

By Will Gleason

Ok, so you’ve downloaded the new Time Out Market app, decided on which of the Market’s newly reopened eateries you want to grab a bite from and have just picked up your delicious food to go. Now, you need to decide where to eat it! 

You can, of course, take advantage of the Market’s whopping 10,150 square feet of outdoor space—from increased riverside seating of nearly 250 to our fifth floor Rooftop Terrace. But if you want to venture a bit farther, try one of these nearby spots which are among some of the best picnic spots in NYC. (Interested in exploring the city more? Hop on a bike and bring your expertly crafted meal to one of the best lesser-known spots for a picnic in NYC.)

Just remember to throw away all your trash when you’re done!

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The best spots for a picnic near Time Out Market New York

Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

Pebble Beach

Sometimes things are exactly what they sound like they are. That’s definitely the case with DUMBO’s Pebble Beach, just a short walk from the Market. This is one of the rare beaches (yes, made of pebbles and stones) that you can find along the East River waterfront. Grab a spot on the large steps surrounding the beach and enjoy your close proximity to the water.

Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

Next to Jane’s Carousel

Jane’s Carousel is an icon of Brooklyn Bridge Park for a reason. The classic three-row machine with 48 detailed horses and two gorgeous chariots was originally built in 1922. After being restored to its original glory, it was installed in its current form in the park in 2011. The carousel may currently be closed, but it still provides a scenic backdrop for outdoor dining.

john street
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John Street Park

This waterfront green space is located at a dramatic bend in the East River just north of the Manhattan bridge. The unique position provides stunning views of the bridge, the river and the Manhattan skyline. (There are also some cool tiny bridges over the East River that you can cross.) For your picnic, hit up the 13,000 square foot lawn.

Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

Archway under Manhattan Bridge

When you think of spots for a lovely NYC picnic, the first location that comes to mind probably isn’t one underneath a bridge. But this archway is more than just a thoroughfare. The 45-foot high stone arch creates a cathedral-like space that beckons you to linger. It’s also a great choice for a picnic spot on a slightly rainy day.

Sunny Summer day in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1

Pier 1 is the largest of the piers in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the closest one to the Market. Set up your picnic at the Granite Prospect for sweeping views of lower Manhattan or one of the pier’s large lawns for a more bucolic experience. When you’re done, walk back to the city’s streets through the lovely tree-lined pathways.

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