12 Places To Order From On Caviar For A Picnic In Brooklyn
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Despite bees, pollen, and untrained squirrels who lack social grace, eating outside is the new eating inside. And for very good reason: Your friends are probably planning a few picnics right now, and when you decide to host your own, it’s important that you order something better than everyone else did. So here are all the best picnic-friendly restaurants you can order takeout from on Caviar right now. Use this list to find all of the food-related things you won’t need to pack for a successful picnic in Brooklyn this summer.
Usually, Parkside is a great place to drink cocktails until you work up an appetite for some pizza, or to eat pizza until you feel like another cocktail. The fact that they’re offering takeout and delivery means you can still take part in that cycle, even if it’s on a blanket in Prospect Park a block away. Order Neapolitan-style pies and large-format margaritas on Caviar to make it all happen.
You’re seeing Madison Mcferrion or Wiz Kid at the Prospect Park Bandshell and you want a place to pick up a real dinner to eat on a big blanket beforehand. Fonda is a solid Mexican spot on 7th Avenue with shareable dishes like chile rellenos and enchiladas with dark mole. Order a big spread and try any of the eight types of margaritas on the menu.
In May 2021, the team behind Morgan’s BBQ opened this central Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights where they serve tlayudas and cemitas, as well as a bunch of mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails. It’s just a 10-minute bike ride away from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Prospect Park, so keep it in mind for a picnic on a sunny day.
The Commodore is the kind of place where you can hang out for hours eating bar snacks and sipping frozen pina coladas, or show up for a tequila banderas and fried chicken sandwich at the end of the night. And thanks to The Commodore’s takeout menu, Domino Park is that kind of place now too. Take everything to-go for the important life experience of eating mostly fried bar food out in fresh air.
Mesa Coyacan in Williamsburg is all about tracing everything from carnitas tacos to green enchiladas back to the land. So if you're looking for a Mexican spot that offers grass-fed meat options, tamarind margaritas, and esquites you can feel good about ordering for takeout, consider your picnic plans handled.
It’s a simple fact: tacos taste better outside. Right off the Metropolitan G/L stop, Zona Rosa is a great place to pick up a few tacos, margaritas, and guacamole and bring them to a grassy area nearby. Even when you place your takeout order on Caviar, Zona Rosa is still offering several different kinds of to-go margaritas. Choose from watermelon, grapefruit, pineapple, and moore.
With the possible exceptions of Tennessee Williams and Nelly, the “Saint Louie” pie at Speedy Romeo is the best Saint Louis export we know of. It’s topped with Provel cheese and cut into squares, and like the four-cheese pie called “The White Album,” it needs to be part of your pickup or delivery order from Speedy’s location in Clinton Hill.
This Greenpoint restaurant from the Oxomoco team serves vegan and vegetarian Mexican food that’s thrilling to eat, mainly because of Xilonen’s commitment to letting vegetables be the stars of every bite. While eating your takeout order from here, you’ll notice stunning vegetables in places you don’t expect. You’ll think, “Is that a traffic light turning yellow, or is it a tender root vegetable with impeccable char?” Don’t worry, you’re not hallucinating. You’re experiencing the aftershock of coming face-to-face with impossibly tangy queso that’s been made from honeynut squash or a crispy corn tortilla softened by navy bean mash.
As the name suggests, jerk chicken is the main reason to go to this Caribbean spot in Flatbush. And while the chicken is fantastic, your experience won’t be complete without at least one festival. They’re like sweet hushpuppies, and at $1.25 each, you can get a couple of them plus the jerk chicken for less than $10.
The muffuletta sandwich at Lowerline is special - instead of using provolone or Swiss cheese on the sandwich, they put in layers of Parmesan with prosciutto, coppa, and housemade olive salad. So if you’re looking to eat something that’ll make you feel better about living in a city where you enjoy being out in your neighborhood rather than inside your apartment, congratulations - you’ve found it. It’s time to pick up your crusty sesame seed roll filled with prosciutto, salami, parmesan, and olive tapenade, find a good spot in the park next to an affectionate corgi-owner, and enjoy your day.
The tom yum soup at Thai Farm Kitchen deserves its own Netflix series or at least a thoughtful speech given by someone in tuxedo. Order a bowl, and get the pad thai with crispy calamari and tamarind-glazed shrimp. This exceptional Thai spot just south of Prospect Park also has everything from a whole steamed fish to half a roast chicken, and it’s currently available for both delivery and takeout on Caviar.