Now that the second section of the High Line, extending all the way to 30th Street, is finally open, it’s time to follow through on those vague plans you’ve had all summer to spend a day relaxing at the elevated park. We recommend setting up camp at the huge, comfy wooden benches near 14th Street (technically called the Diller/Von Furstenberg sundeck after Barry and Diane) and bringing plenty of gossip magazines. Of course, it wouldn’t be a real park day without a picnic. Here’s where to stock up.
Appetizers: Pop into Chelsea Market on your way to the High Line. Though virtually every food item in the market is tempting, hold out until you hit The Lobster Place where containers of spicy-sweet squid salad can be obtained. Cold and refreshing, this is the starter for summer. While you’re there, add some ceviche to the mix. Oh, and maybe some chilled Jonah crab claws. Hey, what’s a picnic if you don’t go all out?
Beverages: Bad news: they’re actually pretty strict about alcohol on the High Line. Good news: the juices from One Lucky Duck (also in the Chelsea Market) are so delicious, you won’t mind. Try the slightly spicy Hot Pink, a blend of beet, pineapple, ginger, and pear.
Main Course: Sure, your arms are already full with fishy goodness, but you can still carry a pizza from Artichoke Basille’s. The margherita is top-notch if you’re feeling classic, but the truly gluttonous can go for the artichoke pizza – essentially a crust topped with artichoke spinach dip. Genius on a pie.
Dessert: After your feast, you won’t even need to leave the High Line for a sweet treat. Pop by People’s Pops (near 17th Street) for a good old-fashioned popsicle in innovative flavors that are anything but: think blueberry/basil or rhubarb/jasmine.