With what little sunshine we're given, who wants to eat indoors? Take to 
the grass with these expert picnics, each prepared for you within a short 
distance of your favorite urban oasis.

We've also included the perfect bottle to pair with your meal (not that 
we're suggesting you break the law, but don't forget to pack a corkscrew).

The Highline (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc941d1920494f0d&ll=40.741925,-74.005709&spn=0.019444,0.053215&z=15&iwloc=00046fc97a29ca0e5d3fb 
)
Eat: Make for the city's newest green space with a Southern-style hamper 
from Braeburn http://www.braeburnrestaurant.com/picnic/picnicMain.html . 
Studded with chunks of bacon, the chilled potato tart ($9) leaves typical 
potato salad in the dust and makes a happy companion to the sweet 
pulled-pork roll ($9). Don't miss the fried chicken ($15), in turns 
perfectly moist and crispy. Order a day ahead and the restaurant will pack 
your meal in an insulated bag.
Drink: 2008 Yellow + Blue Torrontes ($12) from Appellation Wine & Spirits; 
appellationnyc.com http://appellationnyc.com/

Madison Square Park (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc96501cf0b145af&ll=40.740884,-73.990785&spn=0.004861,0.013304&z=17&iwloc=00046fc97a29ca0e5d3fb 
)
Eat: Don't let an overwhelming line at Shake Shack kill your picnic plans. 
Instead, head to Boqueria http://www.boquerianyc.com/ , where you can get 
a Spanish basket for two ($50) that includes cheese or charcuterie, a salad 
and two bocatas (sandwiches). A house-made fig marmalade is the perfect 
foil to duck confit in the bocata de pato, while classical romesco sauce is 
seasonally reinterpreted with sugar snap peas in the bocata de pollo.
Drink: 2008 Martinshof Zweigelt ($14) from Bottlerocket Wine and Spirit; 
bottlerocketwine.com http://www.bottlerocketwine.com/shop/

Central Park (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc96ef4b8ff921fe&ll=40.772157,-73.979659&spn=0.009718,0.026608&z=16&iwloc=00046fc97a29ca0e5d3fb 
)
Eat: Save breakfast in bed for winter and instead greet the day with a 
morning picnic from Bouchon Bakery http://bouchonbakery.com/ . Order a 
day ahead and the bakery will fill a canvas tote with still-warm pastries 
and your favorite caffeinated beverage ($32). The spread includes two 
croissants, two pains au chocolat and your choice of muffins and scones. 
For late risers, there's an equally enticing lunch tote ($42).
Drink: 2008 Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner ($13) from 67 Wines and Spirits; 
67wine.com http://www.67wine.com/index.asp

Bryant Park (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc9c45ce857b95c2&ll=40.756734,-73.980088&spn=0.00972,0.026608&z=16 
)
Eat: When La Cense http://www.lacensebeef.com/truck decided to open a 
burger truck to feature its grass-fed beef, the company tapped chef Adam 
Perry Lang
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/everywhere/279/Master_meat_at_the_grill_with_Adam_Perry_Lang.htm 
for his perfect burger recipe. Topped with caramelized onions and a swath 
of melted cheese, Perry Lang's blend of four cuts (loin, rib, round and 
chuck) makes for a serious meat bomb ($7.50). The truck often sets up shop 
around Park Ave. and 47th St. (track it on Twitter
http://twitter.com/LCBBurgerTruck ), in perfect proximity for an 
impromptu alfresco lunch on the grass. 
Drink: 2008 Mas De Gourgonnier Ros? ($14) from Morrell and Co. Wine Store; 
morrellwine.com http://morrellwine.com/

Prospect Park (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc935a994e5dc99c&ll=40.677449,-73.972235&spn=0.020277,0.053215&z=15 
)
Eat: For a simple French spread, ask the staff of Bklyn Larder
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/340/Bklyn_Larder_finally_opens.htm 
to suggest some cheeses to pair with pork p?t? ($16 a pound) and house-made 
pickles ($5). Or choose a concoction from the chalkboard of sandwiches 
($8.50 each): One pairs hard-boiled egg, bacon, mayo and fris?e on white 
bread; another smothers foccacia bread with ricotta and saut?ed beet 
greens. Round out your bag with cold chickpea salad ($9 a pound) and a pint 
of house-made toasted-almond gelato ($9).
Drink: 2008, Verderol 'Spring in a Bottle' Verdejo ($14) from Sip Fine 
Wine; sipfinewine.com http://www.sipfinewine.com/

McCarren Park (map this planner
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=104428380900549402914.00046fc9369090b1144f9&ll=40.723779,-73.959532&spn=0.020262,0.053215&z=15 
)
Eat: The folks at Urban Rustic http://www.urbanrusticnyc.com/ , 
Williamsburg's larder of locally sourced foods, know that hipster-watching 
can work up an appetite. So they've launched the Fine & Dandy food cart to 
feed you while you observe the locals biking around on their fixies. Grab a 
huge slow-roasted pork sandwich ($5)--topped with provolone cheese, crispy 
potatoes, peppers and onions--and some fresh-squeezed lemonade ($3) to wash 
it down. The cart is at the corner of Driggs Ave. and N. 12th St. on 
weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Drink: 2008 Arregi Txakoli ($17) from Blue Angel Wines; blueangelwines.com
http://www.blueangelwines.com/shop/
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With what little sunshine we're given, who wants to eat indoors? Take to the grass with these expert picnics, each prepared for you within a short distance of your favorite urban oasis.

We've also included the perfect bottle to pair with your meal (not that we're suggesting you break the law, but don't forget to pack a corkscrew).

The Highline (map this planner)
Eat: Make for the city's newest green space with a Southern-style hamper from Braeburn. Studded with chunks of bacon, the chilled potato tart ($9) leaves typical potato salad in the dust and makes a happy companion to the sweet pulled-pork roll ($9). Don't miss the fried chicken ($15), in turns perfectly moist and crispy. Order a day ahead and the restaurant will pack your meal in an insulated bag.
Drink: 2008 Yellow + Blue Torrontes ($12) from Appellation Wine & Spirits; appellationnyc.com

Madison Square Park (map this planner)
Eat: Don't let an overwhelming line at Shake Shack kill your picnic plans. Instead, head to Boqueria, where you can get a Spanish basket for two ($50) that includes cheese or charcuterie, a salad and two bocatas (sandwiches). A house-made fig marmalade is the perfect foil to duck confit in the bocata de pato, while classical romesco sauce is seasonally reinterpreted with sugar snap peas in the bocata de pollo.
Drink: 2008 Martinshof Zweigelt ($14) from Bottlerocket Wine and Spirit; bottlerocketwine.com

Central Park (map this planner)
Eat: Save breakfast in bed for winter and instead greet the day with a morning picnic from Bouchon Bakery. Order a day ahead and the bakery will fill a canvas tote with still-warm pastries and your favorite caffeinated beverage ($32). The spread includes two croissants, two pains au chocolat and your choice of muffins and scones. For late risers, there's an equally enticing lunch tote ($42).
Drink: 2008 Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner ($13) from 67 Wines and Spirits; 67wine.com

Bryant Park (map this planner)
Eat: When La Cense decided to open a burger truck to feature its grass-fed beef, the company tapped chef Adam Perry Lang for his perfect burger recipe. Topped with caramelized onions and a swath of melted cheese, Perry Lang's blend of four cuts (loin, rib, round and chuck) makes for a serious meat bomb ($7.50). The truck often sets up shop around Park Ave. and 47th St. (track it on Twitter), in perfect proximity for an impromptu alfresco lunch on the grass. 
Drink: 2008 Mas De Gourgonnier Rosé ($14) from Morrell and Co. Wine Store; morrellwine.com

Prospect Park (map this planner)
Eat: For a simple French spread, ask the staff of Bklyn Larder to suggest some cheeses to pair with pork pâté ($16 a pound) and house-made pickles ($5). Or choose a concoction from the chalkboard of sandwiches ($8.50 each): One pairs hard-boiled egg, bacon, mayo and frisée on white bread; another smothers foccacia bread with ricotta and sautéed beet greens. Round out your bag with cold chickpea salad ($9 a pound) and a pint of house-made toasted-almond gelato ($9).
Drink: 2008, Verderol "Spring in a Bottle" Verdejo ($14) from Sip Fine Wine; sipfinewine.com

McCarren Park (map this planner)
Eat: The folks at Urban Rustic, Williamsburg's larder of locally sourced foods, know that hipster-watching can work up an appetite. So they've launched the Fine & Dandy food cart to feed you while you observe the locals biking around on their fixies. Grab a huge slow-roasted pork sandwich ($5)--topped with provolone cheese, crispy potatoes, peppers and onions--and some fresh-squeezed lemonade ($3) to wash it down. The cart is at the corner of Driggs Ave. and N. 12th St. on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Drink: 2008 Arregi Txakoli ($17) from Blue Angel Wines; blueangelwines.com
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