The Ideal NYC Restaurants and Markets for Loading Up on Picnic Supplies


The sun is out, the warm weather has hit, and picnicking season in NYC has officially arrived. In preparation for any number of weekend afternoon picnic hangs, which became a mainstay of the pandemic last year, below is a list of New York restaurants, bakeries, bars, and markets selling picnic supplies. From Central Park to Sunset Park and beyond, whether the occasion calls for a spread of stuffed rotis, a bright bottle of natural wine, or a fancy little charcuterie board, let this regularly-updated list be your guide all summer long.

Banh Mi Place: This humble Vietnamese restaurant is a must-know for those looking to nab a quick bite, and a passable taro bubble tea, on the way to Prospect Park. Order ahead of time to skip the lines, which are bound to form on a summer’s day, and stick to the classic banh mi. The version made with dark meat chicken comes in close second. 824 Washington Avenue, near Saint John’s Place, a short distance from Prospect Park

Ciao, Gloria: This Italian-American cafe in Prospect Heights has lots of light bites on deck including breakfast cookies, coffee cake, and sandwiches served on housemade focaccia. The whole spread is available for delivery through the restaurant’s website. 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, between Pacific and Dean streets, Prospect Heights, a short distance from Prospect Park

Court Street Grocers: Court Street Grocers’s venerable list of 30-some sandwiches makes for peak summer dining in a small group. Order a few sandwiches to split, and a couple housemade sodas if you’re stopping in, but bring your own knife because the sandwich counter won’t cut them in more than halves. Multiple locations

De Hot Pot: Few foods hold up after a short walk as well as the doubles and wrapped roti from De Hot Pot, one of Prospect Lefferts Gardens’s best sources for Trinidadian fare. Stuffed with stewed chickpeas, potatoes, and a choice of chicken, goat, beef, or shrimp, these roti will leave your belly fully, and maybe your picnic blanket stained. 1127 Washington Avenue, between Lefferts Avenue and Lincoln Road, a short distance from Prospect Park East

Di Palo’s Fine Foods: This century-old Italian store is best known for its mozzarella, but a selection of cured meats and imported cheeses is also available for takeout and delivery. 200 Grand Street, at Mott Street


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