New York has never wanted for great parks, but only recently have park concessions really taken off. Two of our favorites – Brooklyn Bridge Park, which runs between DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, and the High Line, which runs on the west side of Manhattan from Gansevoort Street through 30th Street—host impressive pop-up food operations during the warmer months. As Memorial Day approaches and the unofficial start of summer with it, keep these spots on your list because there’s nothing better than great food in a great park.
The High Line, a repurposed stretch of elevated railway that reaches from the West Village up through Chelsea, cuts through respectable food neighborhoods—but you don’t have to descend to street level to eat well. Some of New York’s most popular spots have locations right on the High Line itself. There’s Terroir at the Porch (W. 15th St.), an outpost of the renowned wine bar of the same name, with carefully curated selections of wine, beer and snacks, plus dedicated seating and bonus views of the Hudson. Recharge with an espresso or New Orleans-style iced coffee from Blue Bottle (W. 15th St.). For sweet refreshments, there’s artisanal ice pop shop People’s Pops (W. 15th St.), ice cream sandwich specialists Melt Bakery (Little W. 12th St.), Mexican ice pop shop La Newyorkina (W. 17th St.), and L’Arte del Gelato (W. 15th St.), a branch of one of NYC’s best gelaterias. And for something more substantial, there’s Delaney Barbecue’s Smokeline (W. 15th St.), the first Manhattan barbecue setup from Dan Delaney of the wildly popular BrisketTown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn is home to several killer ice cream shops, and two of them make strong showings at the 85-acre park along the East River shoreline: Ample Hills Creamery (Pier 5) and Blue Marble Ice Cream (Pier 1 Promenade). If it’s alcohol you want, Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar (Pier 1 Plaza) has a straightforward menu of wine and beer and an unbeatable view across the river to Manhattan. And two of New York’s most popular sandwich shops—Luke’s Lobster, selling lobster, shrimp and crab rolls; and oddball sandwich-makers No. 7 Sub—will set up shop in the Smokestack Building, between River Cafe and Water Street, in the next few weeks.