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The warm weather is officially here! For a fun change of pace, why not make your lunch a portable one and pop a squat in one of the many outdoor spaces the city has to offer. From Washington Square Park to the Botanical Gardens in beautiful Prospect Park, Here are five reasons to take your lunch outside this month!

Washington Square Park
Starting May 1 st, Otto’s GelŌTTŌ cart will once again be parked on the northwest corner of the park. There are plenty of benches to relax and enjoy the summer flavors, which change daily.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Brooklyn grows some of the most amazing flora the city has to offer. The month of May showcases tree peonies, lilacs, azaleas, crabapples and tulips. Through picnicking is not permitted in the garden, the outdoor Terrace Café offers good food amongst a breathtaking backdrop.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
If your allergies are acting up you can always head to the Brooklyn heights Promenade – another impressive urban panorama. Kids can play in the nearby playground and families can eat together along the many benches that span the 10 blocks. Pick up lunch on quaint Montague Street and head on over!

Madison Square Park
Located near 23 rd Street in Madison Square Park, it’s hard to miss Danny Meyer’s green kiosk because the line is usually very l-o-n-g. That said, get there early or late in the afternoon when the crowds are thinned out and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course, their fabulous frozen custard.

Union Square Park
Last but certainly not least is Union Square. Located near the newly constructed Trader Joe’s, the organic’s haven – Whole Foods, the famous greenmarket and countless other restaurants the serve takeout. Brown bag it into the park, sit on the grass and take in all the surroundings of this busy and bustling park. Just make sure to distance yourself from the dog park when eating lunch – for obvious reasons.