What better way to ring in the season than with a proper picnic? Our favorite being the kind that requires no preparation. Check out the roundup, from down-home favorites to ultra-luxe picnic packages. Caviar al fresco, anyone?
Alas, the Rolls Royce of picnic baskets. In the isothermic basket: a pork saucisson sec, smoked cod roe with crème fraîche and spices, sardine rillettes, Petrossian signature chocolates, mini blini and baguette toasts, and last but not least, a choice between Royal Transmontanus or Chataluga Prestige caviar. On ice, of course. For the lighter appetite, Petrossian also offers a smaller yet equally delightful hat box of wonders, featuring Hackleback caviar, pork saucisson, Tsar-cut salmon, duck foie gras, house tapenade, savory cheese cookies, and toasts. Now that’s an apéritif. Attaché Insider: Petrossian’s Caviar Concierge (yes, that’s a thing) is available Monday-Friday to assist in the caviar selection.
Nothing says American classic like The Wayfarer at the Quin Hotel. A resident #attachéapproved favorite, this tried and true basket is chock full of picnic staples from a selection of cheeses, fruit, crackers, chilled seasonal soup, chicken club sandwiches, biscotti, and mint lemonade. Better yet, The Wayfarer sets any picnic up for success with cutlery, plates, a cutting board, and reusable jars for keeps. Attaché Insider: pop in to pick up this portable feast and take a detour to explore the Quin lobby, alive with art of many mediums.
3. PERFECT PICNIC
This picnic purveyor lives up to its name with a handful of the best picnics in town. With an interactive platform and a myriad of options, Perfect Picnic offers hand-selected packages tailored to al fresco diners of all tastes and ages with customizable elements and various cuisines. The most family-friendly picnic of the bunch, Perfect Picnic’s got something for everyone. Choose from the family-style picnic for four featuring an assortment of baguettinis, a large seasonal salad, fresh fruit, North Fork potato chips, organic lemonade, housemade chocolate chip cookies, and sea salt brownies, or opt for the deluxe package, complete with artisanal cheeses, cured meat selection from Salumeria Biellese, Larchmont Charcuterie pâté with cornichon, apple saffron chutney, caramelized onions, poached pears, one fresh baguette, rosemary garlic olives, pickled beans, sea salt caramels, and sparkling water. Take it to the next level with the Golden Picnic, curated by a picnic expert and includes setup, breakdown, and a complimentary bottle of prosecco. Attaché Insider: all Perfect Picnics come with a reusable cotton tote and an insider’s guide to the best picnic spots in NYC.
4. DEAN & DELUCA
Though we’re averse to playing favorites, especially among Dean & Deluca’s unsurpassed (and particularly extensive) picnic selection, we’ve got to hand it to the classic Picnic in the Park. This darling picnic pack is easily the most handsome of the roundup, packed to perfection with glasses, utensils, a cutting board, and a bottle opener for that perfectly chilled wine in its own side compartment. As for the edibles, Dean & Deluca does not disappoint — picnic favorites include mixed fruit, grilled antipasto, dipping pretzels, Creminelli Casalingo salami, Plymouth smoked cheese, an assortment of Edmond Fallot Dijon mustards, and gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Attaché Insider: order one day in advance to ensure freshness.
5. HAMPTONS ARISTOCRAT
Hamptons bound? Thy picnic bounty awaits. Perfect for the large picnicking party, Hamptons Aristocrat takes catering to the next level with its sustainable, organic fine dining commitment and weekly menus inspired by Hamptons weekending. Go for the Cooper’s Beach picnic, complete with grilled chicken BLT club sliders, ham and cheddar biscuits, filet and horseradish sliders, farmstand deviled eggs, Old Bay potato chips, grilled local corn with queso aioli, kale caesar salad, and bottled Pellegrino. Attaché Insider: not only does Hamptons Aristocrat make a mean picnic, but caters to the true weekender with its personal grocery shopping feature. It’s not a getaway without a fully stocked fridge, now is it?