Photography by Andre Baranowski
If we had infinite time, unlimited gas money, and the power to clear traffic on I-287, these are the eats we’d cobble together for our ultimate (and not so realistic) Westchester picnic.
Maple & Rose, Mamaroneck
Bread from NYC’s Sullivan Street Bakery is the vehicle for the seasonal sandwiches at this all-day café, which might include roast chicken with little gem lettuce, pickled onions, and aioli; NYS heritage ham and cultured butter; or roasted vegetables on a smear of tangy goat cheese.
Fried Chicken & Biscuits
Pik Nik BBQ, Tarrytown
This barbecue joint fires up the fryer on weekends only for this golden, brined-and-buttermilk-soaked fried chicken, which pairs perfectly with fluffy, cave-aged cheddar biscuits.
Potato Chips & Mexican Corn Salad
Cooked & Co., Scarsdale
The market at the revamped Cooked & Co. includes a host of picnic-ready choices, including these homemade potato chips and creamy corn salad with lime-Parmesan aioli.
Hummus & Middle Eastern Salads
Irvington Delight Deli, Irvington
Hummus comes in four flavors (classic, basil, mint, and spicy red) at this Middle Eastern deli, which also makes herby tabbouleh and refreshing tomato-cucumber salads.
Freshly Squeezed Juices
Halstead Ave Taqueria, Harrison
White-lidded Mason jars are the receptacle for fresh-squeezed juices — go for the Pineapple Crush with cinnamon, lime and cane sugar, or the minty Cucumber Fizz — and bright-pink jamaica agua fresca.
Mini Fruit Pies
Baked by Susan, Croton-on-Hudson
An all-butter crust and no premade fillings are the hallmarks of owner Susan O’Keefe’s pies, which come in seasonal flavors like cherry, peach, blueberry, and crumb-topped strawberry-rhubarb.
Wine Geeks, Armonk
Throughout the summer, this small-production-focused wine store stocks more than a dozen types of pink wine from around the world, including this Spanish Armas de Guerra Mencia ($13) and Provençal blend MiP ($19).
Cotton Minna Blanket
Village Mercantile, Larchmont
A modern update on the classic red-and-white check, this handwoven, 100% cotton blanket is ethically made by a family-run co-op in Oaxaca, Mexico. $160
Picnic at Ascot Picnic Basket London
Charles Department Store, Katonah
This traditional wicker basket with handsome leather straps and brass-plated hardware is fully loaded with two place settings, wine glasses (and space for a couple bottles), cloth napkins, and corkscrew. $125