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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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