We are beyond happy that the temperature will be dropping to the mid-70s this weekend. In fact, we would say that’s perfect picnic weather. Here are a few of our favorite, off-the-beaten-park spots to lay down a blanket:

Clove Lakes Park
This lush park located in Staten Island feels like an escape from the city. It also boasts a designated barbecue area, and if there are less than 20 people in your party, you don’t need a permit.

Ridgewood Reservoir
This 50+ acre reservoir in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens offers great views, more than 130 bird species and lots of grassy areas to lay.

Cunningham Park
This Queens-based park has it all: Bocce ball, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a cricket field, plenty of spots to hike and bike, and of course, put down your picnic blanket.

Valentino Pier
This waterfront park in Red Hook has all the views — Lady Liberty — and none of the Brooklyn Bridge crowds.  Pro tip: grab a slice of key lime pie from Steve’s.

Don’t know what to pack? Check out the picnic basket from Eat Offbeat, a company that sells meals created by former refugees and immigrants in NYC. It feeds six to eight people and includes chicken shawarma (vegan option available), a salad, snacks, dessert and drink

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