How To Picnic In New York

Two weekends ago, one of my good friends Steph and I decided to take brunch to a whole new level. We decided to go beyond our comfort zone of Avo toast from Butcher’s Daughter and venture out beyond the points of Soho and the LES. In collaboration with Dekalb Market Hall, we were able to have an epic Picnic brunch in LIC overlooking the city across from us.

Dekalb Market Hall just opened up about a month ago in Brooklyn, near Barclay’s Center (super easy to get to FYI). With currently 40 vendors and adding, it’s one of the country’s largest food halls with over 60,000 square feet of space (It’s food heaven…). What I love most about DMH, is that they go through a strict hand selection process with local & regional food posts so you are guaranteed quality and originality. Think of DMH as your one stop shop for all food needs; grocery shopping, going out and taking out to eat. You can check out all of their amazing vendors and their stories here 

We decided to Grab N’ Go from DMH and brunch picnic style. The vendors we stopped by were:

Forager’s

Taco Delicatessen

Cafe D’Avignon

Belle Cheese

 

If I could stop by and grab a little bit of something from each vendor, I so would. But, just by stopping by these 4, we had enough food for 6 people and it was only 3 of us! It was so much fun to be able to walk around the Hall; each vendor has complete control over their exterior and signage, which makes for great photo ops! It’s super cool to see, for example, a retro exterior with neon signs and red bar stools, next to a Caribbean theme exterior playing island music. All the employees are beyond sweet; we spent about 15 minutes at each vendor location to just chat.

 

After picking out our yummy food, we Uber’d to Long Island City (about 20-25 minutes) to one of my favorite locations, which I’m about to spill with you guys! My favorite Italian Restaurant is located here and is called Maiella. This is located right by the Pepsi Cola sign, which is right on the waterside overlooking the city. We decided to set up our little feast right under it and take in views that definitely beat Central Park’s!

 

Check out the video below that was created to capture our whole day experience! Make sure to also subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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This post is sponsored by Dekalb Market Hall but all opinion/review remains 100% authentic and honest. Song Credit from Video: Gypsy Heart by BUNT & Neil Ormandy

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