Perfect for a sunny weekend, here are a few to-go options from restaurants and caterers around town.
Pick up a picnic for two at all Francois Payard Bakery stores through Manhattan. The package includes two sandwiches (ham and brie, smoked turkey, roasted vegetable or tomato mozzarella), two cookies (oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip or flourless chocolate walnut), a crisp side salad, a fresh fruit salad and two MASH drinks. All you need is a blanket. $36 (for two); various locations, payard.com
Great Performances' Dizzy's Club Summer Picnic
The catering company put together this picnic basket, available at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the eatery at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with diners looking to head outdoors to nearby Central Park or beyond in mind. The basket includes classic picnic dishes and season treats such as fried chicken and pepper relish, cornbread, roasted corn, peach cobbler and Coca-Cola. It's all packed in a tote with cutlery included. $28 (per person), orders must be placed by 10 a.m. the day of and are available for pickup between noon and 6 p.m.; 10 Columbus Circle, 212-258-9595, greatperformances.com
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'Cesca's Picnic Basket for Two
Get everything you need for a picnic, minus the wine, through this rustic Italian restaurant. The picnic basket comes with cheese, salumi, fresh fruit, Sullivan Street Bakery crusty bread, a choice of one salad and one entree and housemade biscotti for dessert. The restaurant can also pack items such as a tablecloth, candles, wine glasses, utensils, trash bags and hand wipes, if you need. $79 (for two), available for pick-up or delivery anywhere in Manhattan with a day's notice; 164 W. 75th St., 212-787-6300; cescanyc.com
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken's 'The Bird'
Picnicking with a crowd? Consider one of the East Village restaurant's family dinners, designed with hungry groups in mind. The Bird contains eight pieces of chicken (two breasts, two wings, two thighs and two drumsticks), with fries and coleslaw. You can also add such sides as griddled corn and bacon or pickled cucumbers for $3-$8, and order the dinner to-go. $29; 28 E. First St., 212-228-0404,
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