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May 4, 2011 07:14 AM

Spending an entire day on the High Line- where should I get my three picnic meals?

Sometime in the next couple weeks, I plan to reward myself for four years' hard work at college and enjoy the laziest day imaginable. This reward will involve spending the whole day on the High Line soaking in the sun, playing video games, reading books with no literary merit, and of course, eating the best of what the neighborhood has to offer! We (just two of us) will need to get three picnic meals within five or ten blocks of the High Line. I'd like to keep it under $10/pp for breakfast but I'm flexible for lunch and dinner. What do you guys recommend?

Breakfast- could be bagels, breads and cheeses, pastries (I love a good croissant)- What do you think of Amy's Bread vs. La Bergamote? I've never been to either. Open to other breakfast options as well.
I would also like an extravagant iced coffee drink with whipped cream and chocolate sauce or other frippery. Should I just go to starbucks for a frappucino or is there a better source for this sort of coffee/dessert thing?

Lunch- If I don't visit Chelsea Market for breakfast, I'd definitely like to do so for lunch. What's the best takeout lunch there? A great sandwich or hot meal? Is there a great slice of pizza around?

Dinner- open to all possibilities (except Chinese because I live near Chinatown and prefer to eat there). What's good in the area? Great takeout? I'm also open to putting together a smorgasbord of various small items (I usually do cheeses, baguette, and fruits.) Anything, as long as I can eat it on the High Line.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Some acquaintances tried something very similar but wanted to do delivery, so this might be an interesting read:

    Many of the ideas here would also be appropriate:

    Between Artichoke, Westville, Pastis, Lobster Place, and others in that thread, you have a lot of options. I think Dickson's in Chelsea Market would be great for takeout as well.

    9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

    The Lobster Place
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Dickson's Farmstand Meats
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    114 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    246 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: kathryn

      Haha I can't believe someone else has already accomplished this brilliant idea! :) Thanks for the resources!

      1. re: kathryn

        dickson's was my first thought as well. they have some awesome sounding selections at lunch time (served only until 2 or 3 pm). alternately, you could pick up great meats (and condiments) from them, and great bread from amy's and make yourself a fantastic sandwich.

        lobster place is another great choice.

        amy's bread is a much heartier option than la bergamote. breads v pastries. the other pastry option is sarabeth's--i love their pain du matin, which is like lots of little cubes of the crunchy parts of croissants, all stuck together with butter and cinnamon.

        Amy's Bread
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        La Bergamote
        169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      2. For breakfast, go to Doughnut Plant in the Chelsea Hotel. It's a quick walk eastward from the north end of the High Line

        Doughnut Plant
        220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        1. I would suggest that instead of doing all three of your meals as a picnic that you consider having eithere lunch or dinner in the garden at either Trestle on Tenth or Bottino. Both gardens are lovely, and both restaurants have very good food.

          Trestle on Tenth photos:

          Bottino photos:

          Trestle on Tenth
          242 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

          246 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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          1. re: RGR

            I suppose I could consider leaving the High Line for a delicious meal in a garden :) I will certainly look into those suggestions, thanks!

            1. re: RGR

              i booked brunch at Trestle on Tenth immediately after seeing your photos. i had heard of it before, but never gave it much mind.

              on topic, i would definitely hit Amy's for breakfast. get some cornbread cookies for mid-morning, too. Artichoke is a fine option for lunch, but it is heavy and might wreak havoc on your stomach. surprised Lora didn't offer you Spotted Pig for dinner. it's close enough and definitely a solid option.

              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

            2. La Bergamote croissants are great!