Picnic might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about iconic, romantic and highly scenic adventures in New York City. But in fact, a spring, summer or fall picnic in NYC is a splendid idea, as long as you choose the right spot. As part of our ongoing series of Gotham Guides to to the best hidden gems in NYC, our Brooklyn-based correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of where to find the top 10 New York City picnic spots.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the $200 per person picnic is the new on-trend way to host a luxury outdoor party, and our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy is sharing 10 essential elements needed to host such a soiree, including chic umbrellas, plates and more.
Since lots of socializing with friends and family is happening outdoors right now – whether in a park or in our own backyards – now is the moment for a luxury upgrade of that dependable standby, the picnic blanket (which can also do notable service at the beach). Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of 12 of the best luxury outdoor beach and picnic blankets to buy right now.
Warm weather brings lots of opportunities for picnics. And even in a time of social distancing, there are still places where you can settle in and have a wonderful meal outdoors. If you want to level up your next picnic in the park, our correspondent Jillian Tangen has the latest on the 15 luxury essentials to pack for the perfect picnic 2022, including baskets, portable gourmet foods, blankets and (of course) fashion attire. It’s everything you need for a perfect picnic in the sun right now.
After so many months of being forced to stay away from other people, it’s small wonder that one of the hottest restaurant concepts at the moment is communal dining. It feels positively dangerous, subversive and naughty – what’s not to like? It also work beautifully for families having a multi-generational meal. And for a first date if you really aren’t sure that you want a deep conversation with your potential paramour. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has more on why communal dining tables are the most popular luxury restaurant concept trend right now, and where to experience them at their best in NYC and Philadelphia.