The flowers are in full bloom and the humans of New York have finally come out of hibernation to enjoy the city’s green spaces. If you’re looking to enjoy the warm weather and explore the season like a local, we’ve got the ultimate NYC picnic guide for you! Prepare for a day of fun while you collect your goodies for the ultimate NYC picnic.
You may call us cheesy, but our love for this Greenwich Village cheese shop is unparalleled. Founded in 1940, this shop has a history nearly as rich as its cheese; on the menu you’ll find every cheese variety from the stinky to the creamy at every price. The shop also offers charcuterie for those who want to add a bit of meat to their picnic basket.
Murray’s Cheese: 254 Bleecker St., 212-243-3289
Baked fresh everyday, Orwasher’s handcrafted bread has been a local favorite since 1916. Founded by a Hungarian immigrant family, this Upper East Side institution has produced high quality breads based on tradition. Visit one of their locations for an artisan wine bread–the cabernet rustica is made with Cabernet starter from Long Island vineyard . Of course, the classics like sourdough and baguettes are also available.
Orwashers: 308 East 78th Street., 212-228-6569
You can’t complete the ultimate New York picnic without a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket. The outdoor fresh foods market began with a handful of regional farmers in 1976 and has since grown larger and more popular with the local crowd. Visit Union Square Greenmarket to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, jams, pickles, cut flowers and plants.
Union Square Greenmarket: North and West sides of Union Sq. Park
Founded by two friends in 1994, this bakery has become infamous for it’s incredible baked goods. Locals and visitors alike share a taste for these legendary cookies. From chocolate chip walnut to dark chocolate peanut butter chip, these cookies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Levain: 167 West 74th st., 212-874-6080
Finally, libations. Good Beer is a quaint craft beer shop conveniently located in the East Village. Perks of buying beer at this shop? You can have a pint in the store while you’re deciding which beers you’d like to take on the road. While drinking in public is now decriminalized in New York city, glass bottles are still a no-no. We recommend that you bring along cups to distribute your beer. Enjoy responsibly!
Good Beer: 422 East 9th st., 212-677-4836