Summer has officially started…and we are pumped! Vacations, days at the beach and fun with friends are in the works—but there’s nothing like the smell of barbecue in the air to truly remind us of the season. Before you dust off the grill, take a look at this list of tips for grilling in New York City parks and some of the best parks to bring your friends and family together for fun!


Park BBQ Tips:

  1. Take count of the attendees so you’ll know how much food is needed, especially if you’re providing everything.
  2. If you’re expecting a large group, acquire a permit from the park of your choice at least a month in advance of your planned date.
  3. Grab insulated totes/coolers like this one to keep food cool the sun!
  4. Most parks only allow charcoal grills. Consider a portable charcoal grill that’s easy to tote around the city and can be packed away at home when you’re not using it.
  5. Prepare anything that might take a while on the grill the night before the BBQ. Marinate chicken, seafood, steak, and prep burgers in advance so that you’ll have great tasting food when you’re ready to cook.
  6. Consider making a simple potato or pasta salad to enjoy alongside whatever you grill.
  7. Bring sunscreen to protect yourself while you’re out all day.
  8. Keep things eco-friendly by opting for reusable cups and dinnerware.
  9. Place an exercise mat under your blanket to make sitting on the grass more comfortable.
  10. Take tons of pictures to capture memories of a great summer outdoor experience!

We’ve linked guidelines and designated areas for popular parks with New York City below to help you get your grill on!