Really? THE BEST? I don't think Paley Park is that nice. It's cramped, it's usually very crowded at lunch. Sure, it drowns out the street noise with water, but there's not much to look at. A better picnic spot would be in some of our city's more natural areas. Along the Pelham Bay Park coastline, along Jamaica Bay, in any number of the bucolic vistas or hidden treasures of Central and Prospect Parks. But you picked Paley park? Come on!
Best Picnic Spot New York 2013 - Paley Park
One of the most special spots for a picnic, quick lunch, or romantic dinner in the city is Paley Park. Surrounded by midtown buildings, this space is known as a "vest-pocket park" because of its small size (only 4,200 feet). Dotted with trees, it features two side brick walls that are covered with English ivy and a picturesque 20-foot waterfall that drowns out much of the street noise and looks even more beautiful in the evening when it's lit up from the back. Opened in 1967, the park, designed by Robert Zion, has tables and chairs for the general public as well as a food kiosk near the entrance. And if you listen closely, you might just hear the ghosts of Ethel Merman, Ernest Hemingway, and other patrons of the legendary Stork Club, which stood here until it was demolished to make way for the park.