New York City is magical in spring and summer, and there's nothing better than enjoying a meal or drink outside. Here are the four best spots for a picnic or a patio lunch to enjoy the warm weather.
Take your picnic to the next level with Aquavit’s Smörgåsbord for Two, which features three types of herring gravlax, shrimp skagen and crispbread. Aquavit is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, and due to COVID-19, its takeout menu has grown extensively. The Smörgåsbord is the perfect option for luxury picnicking in Manhattan. Pick up your food, find a park and enjoy a fine dining experience from the comfort of your picnic blanket. 65 E. 55th St., aquavit.org
If decadence is what you are looking for in a picnic, then Murray’s Cheese’s Grazing Table is the perfect option for you. Featuring 8 pounds of assorted cheeses and 2 pounds of meats on top of a range of crackers, accouterments and spreads, this is the epitome of luxury and extravagance. The Grazing Table is a truly indulgent charcuterie board experience and the perfect option for picnicking in a Manhattan park with friends (and leftovers are a guarantee). 254 Bleecker St., murrayscheese.com
Assorted baguettinis, a seasonal salad and a family-size blanket are just a few of the standout inclusions in Perfect Picnic NYC’s family picnic package. Their variety of entrees, drinks and desserts create a versatile meal for up to eight people and an unforgettable picnic experience. What sets Perfect Picnic apart from other options is attention to detail; they even provide a map of their favorite picnic spots in the city. 405 Central Park West, perfectpicnicnyc.com
From legendary New York City establishment Zabar’s comes a deli kit that is perfect for springtime picnicking in the city. Their deli sampler contains a pound of kosher corned beef and pastrami, homemade sourdough bread and potato knishes, and a slew of condiments and toppings that make for the ideal sandwich-crafting meal. This premade package is ready-made for a perfect luxury picnic in Manhattan and serves an ample amount of people. 2245 Broadway, zabars.com