If you want to picnic like a champion this winter — whether you are competing for a prize or not — you are going to need a few essentials. And it would not be a real Brooklyn picnic if those items were not locally-sourced from borough purveyors. Here are a few we recommend:
The rich, indulgent mix from Jacques Torres is arguably the best in Brooklyn. Drinking alcohol in public is illegal, so we definitely would not recommend spiking it with a touch of whiskey. Nope, not at all.
Jacques Torres [66 Water St. between Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, (718) 875–1269, www.mrchocolate.com].
If there is snow on the ground, you will need to lay a tarp down first, but to have a proper winter picnic, you will need something cozy to sit on. Brook Farm General Store has a number of cozy wool blankets that are nice enough to be re-used anywhere.
Brook Farm General Store [75 S. Sixth St. bear Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 388–8642, www.brookf
Picnics are best with finger food, but standard five-finger fare like pickles and fruit salad are a little chilly for this time of year. Dumplings from any culture are a great substitute — just fry them up and keep them in an insulated bag. For an even simpler approach, grab some pierogi to go at Greenpoint’s Lomzynianka.
Lomzynianka [646 Manhattan Ave. between Norman and Nassau avenues in Greenpoint, (718) 389–9439, www.lomzynianka.com]
For the main course, however, takeout is cheating. For a real picnic, you should make your own meal — preferably something you can eat with two gloved hands. Of course, a good sandwich requires good bread — try the classic fresh-baked loaves than Bay Ridge Bakery.
Bay Ridge Bakery [7805 Fifth Ave. at 78th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–0014, www.bayrid