6 Best Ways to Level-Up Your NYC Picnic Game This Summer

It took long enough to get here, and now it’s time to take full advantage of it. We're talkin' that warm weather we've been craving since October. 

Sure, warm weather means outdoor dining and drinking, but why fight with the other 8.5 million New Yorkers trying to enjoy the same activity at often overrated and underwhelming restaurants?

Skip the drama and partake in dining and imbibing on your own terms–outdoors style. Grab your checkered cloth, your wicker basket, and head to the closest grassy patch for an al fresco afternoon.

FoodKick, the dope younger sister to FreshDirect, is saving us from picnic crises by delivering fresh food, cold booze*, and essentially everything we could ever want or need right to our apartments in as little as an hour.

Need help? Our buds at FoodKick have got you covered, without having to step foot in a grocery store. 

FoodKick, the dope younger sister to FreshDirect, is saving us from picnic crises by delivering fresh food, cold booze*, and essentially everything we could ever want or need right to our apartments in as little as an hour.

Take your old fashioned fun to the next level with these five theme ideas for your next picnic. Whether you prefer Parisian or German, classy or a little mad, you can personalize your picnic to fit your mood.

Sit back, relax, and don’t let the ants invade your picnic.  

1. Parisian picnic for y’all classy ladies

Paris is known for two things: cheese and lovers. You’re on your own for bringing lover(s), but FoodKick can easily supply the cheese. Get cheesy with some classics, like delicate Brie de Nangis and the more pungent Comté.

What pairs well with cheese? Carbs. And this won’t be a Parisian picnic without some French baguettes. Spread the brie all over that crusty goodness.

Before dessert, practice your accent to pronounce chocolate croissant the French way. Eat it even if you still sound like a New Yorker.

Impress your friends (and lovers!) with your knowledge of French wine. Even if that knowledge only goes so far as knowing you can order the perfect Bordeaux from FoodKick. They won’t tell your secret.

2. Italian Countryside

Okay, so maybe we're suffering from a little recency bias when it comes to dope food and great views (thanks for nothing Master of None), but we all just want to be able to do a classic kiss & wave, roll out some 'Hi Cutie's!', and drunkenly sing, "Eating in Italy is my favorite thing! Eating in Italy is my favorite—Thing!" with our BFFs. 

But we don't need to drop what we're doing to kick it in Italy as amateur pasta makers when we can get incredible slow-cooked meatballs, and, of course, you gotta get the Burrata.

And don't forget—hell, do we even need to really say it? How could you possibly enjoy an escape to the Italian countryside without a delicious bottle (or four) of wine? Keep it classico with a nice Chianti, sweeten it up with a nice Prosecco or Moscato, or be bold with a Montepulciano. 

3. Date Night

Get romantic! Claim a spot in your date’s favorite park and settle in for people-watching because stargazing in NYC isn't an option.

Start the evening off with wine—a smooth Pinot Noir will go wonderfully with the main course. Which is, of course, fruit and chocolate. Feed each other fresh AF strawberries or grapes right off the bundle, like all the people in those old paintings used to do. Keep the date moving in the right direction with dessert: Kisses, of course.

If you really want to go the extra mile, woo your date with flowers set the scene with candles. FoodKick is a date night one-stop-shop, except classier than any one-stop-shop you've ever been to because you don't actually have to go anywhere. And they deliver condoms

4. Go Green 

Oh, so you want to be a responsible picnicker? You want to embrace your inner crunchy, borderline hipster sensibilities—while still having a delicious day in the park? Then you can't build your picnic without wine in a can

Grab a pack of Ruza Rosé, Underwood Pinot Noir, or Ramona Pink Grapefruit, and enjoy the delicious taste of wine in a can while enjoying the fact that nobody REALLY knows that you're drinking wine. 

Pair that with a delicious arugula salad with beets and goat cheese and you're rollin' in the green while sitting on the green. Um, obviously just please remember to recycle your cans once you're done. 

5. Boozy Brunch/ Breakfast

There’s no law that says picnics have to be for lunch. Mix it up with a boozy picnic breakfast/brunch. Your pals at FoodKick have all the necessities to rival one of NYC’s famous bottomless establishments, minus the wait for a 10-top.

The weather is warm; your coffee should not be. Kick start the morning with an icy can of cold brew. Once the caffeine hits your bloodstream, follow with mimosas. Mix your own perfect ratio of fresh orange juice to champagne, without wasting 15 minutes trying to flag down your server. The bottomless brunch never has to end when you FoodKick it.

6. Mad Hatter/ Alice in Wonderland tea / Garden Party

Unlike in Wonderland, the pastries from FoodKick won’t make you shrink or grow or do anything of the sort, but they are delicious. Snack on flaky croissants, and decadent red velvet cake from Zaro's.

Here’s a word to the wise: don’t follow any rabbits down any holes. And stay away from anything that remotely resembles that Tim Burton aesthetic because you know it's only going to lead to disappointment. 

Actually, if you're not feeling that whole Alice in Wonderland theme, you can just call it a garden party. Boom. Done. Zero disappointment. 

Head over to FoodKick.com or download the FoodKick app on your iPhone or Android. Grab what you need, check out, and BOOM! They'll be there in as little as an hour, and now you're romantical in every way imaginable (pro-tip: Definitely use the word romantical as much as possible because it's adorable as hell). 

Don't Have a Terrible Picnic. FoodKick It to the Next Level Right Here—Right Now.

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