The Best Wine to Sneak into Every NYC Park
Don't forget the Brie
OK, so technically it’s a no-no to drink in NYC parks. But sometimes it’s so gorgeous outside, you just have to fill up your S’well bottle with rosé and live, dammit.
Here’s the best wine to take to our eight favorite city parks. We’ll bring the Brie and crackers.
CENTRAL PARK: ROSÉ
Since you’ll see everyone from your hairstylist to your accountant picnicking at Sheep Meadow this weekend, you’d better bring a bottle you’re prepared to share. Pack a dry, tart rosé that goes with everything, from pasta salad to grilled cheese.
Get the wine: Signature Chateau de Brigue Cotes de Provence Rose ($12)
GRAMERCY PARK: SAUVIGNON BLANC
So your friend’s friend’s uncle’s cousin’s interior designer let you borrow her key to this super-exclusive member’s-only park for two hours. This calls for a celebration--break out a bottle of citrusy special reserve Sauv Blanc, produced in very small quantities in Upper Galilee.
Get the wine: Recanati Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ($20)
ASTORIA PARK: CHENIN BLANC
When you’re grabbing a patch of grass in Astoria, you don’t need to impress anyone with a fancy picnic basket and organic linens. Just grab some summer rolls and pad khee mao from nearby Enthaice Thai Kitchen and pair it with a sweet, floral wine made from California grapes.
Get the wine: Chen(in) Blanc ($13)
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: PINOT GRIGIO
Oh hey, East River. If it’s cool with you, we’re going to pretend you’re the ocean. Ahh, lounging on the beach sipping a crisp, refreshing glass of Italian Pinot Grigio. What could be better?
Get the wine: Breganze Pinot Grigio ($12)
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK: TWO-BUCK CHUCK
Chances are, if you’re drinking under the arch, you go to NYU and your tuition is upwards of $50,000 a year. Buy a cheap (but perfectly acceptable) bottle from Trader Joe’s and pair it with a slice of dollar pizza. It’s the only way.
Get the wine: Charles Shaw White Zinfandel ($2)
MCCARREN PARK: CABERNET SAUVIGNON
When you’re on Brooklyn Winery’s turf, pop open a bottle of its bold Cab with Sonoma-sourced grapes--it’s been barrel aged for 23 months only a few blocks away from your picnic spot.
Get the wine: Brooklyn Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ($33)
RIVERSIDE PARK: RIESLING
Ooooh, aren’t you fancy, hanging out on the Upper West Side by the water? Pack a legit dinner (seafood linguini, perhaps?) with real silverware in your basket and bring along a dry, fresh and lemony wine from Pfalz, Germany.
Get the wine: Georg Mosbacher Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker Riesling ($25)