In Manhattan, there is no shortage of restaurants serving up America's comfort foods. But there is one place that is attempting to separate itself from the rest by channeling the comforts of the Midwest to present a sophisticated interpretation of America's favorite dishes. Executive chef Nicholas Nostadt (Berry Park) has partnered with Kamran Malekan to pay homage to his Midwestern roots with the opening of Picnic.
Located in the East Village, Picnic is spacious yet comfortable featuring 12-foot ceilings made of whitewashed pressed tin, expansive windows, and exposed brick walls. The décor combines chic and industrial elements including reclaimed wood and vintage tables, custom light fixtures with filament bulbs, and antique supply shelves lining the walls.
Picnic invites you to enjoy one of several American beers on tap, bottled and canned brews, or a glass of an American wine, while hanging out at the long zinc bar set against a distressed mirrored backdrop.
The menu celebrates the American classics with modern flare. Start off with some exciting small bites, including the cheese ball with Roquefort (cheese rotate regularly), carefully aged bresaola, dill, braised Bosc pear, and pickled red onions and served with grilled bread, and the mussels prepared in a delightful broth combining hard cider, apricot nectar, Dijon cream, and several herbs and spices. Picnic’s menu also features an array of exciting salads including the celery salad—celery leaves and root, tarragon, slices New York state apples, and capers served with Meyer lemon dressing.
For lighter fare, you can enjoy a number of sides and snacks including the boiled peanuts, scratch-baked beans, sweet potato casserole, and a roll-up made with mortadella and Roquefort. Entrées include sandwiches such as the pulled pork sandwich—featuring root beer BBQ sauce and served with roasted corn and cabbage slaw—a bucket of fried chicken complemented by a house made ranch dressing—a whole roasted fish marinated with lemon, garlic, and herbs, and turkey leg confit complemented by cranberry barbecue sauce.
For dessert, you will be able to choose from an assortment of house made donuts and rotating selection of pies, as well as chef Nostadt’s take on the Midwest’s beloved Puppy Chow round out the menu.
With an enticing menu that blends together comfort foods with innovative flavors and ingredients, Picnic offers something uniquely familiar yet innovative and exciting.
117 Second Avenue
New York, New York 10003