bike map, tommy shimko, soho grand

The Picnic: Our Executive Chef took a look at our in house restaurant menu and pared it back to the summer essentials, putting together a selection of sandwiches and salads that  travel well, and taste even better. Sandwich selections include Grilled Veggies with Pesto, or a Grilled Chicken Club with Applewood Smoked Bacon. Each comes with sparkling drink of choice, and a salad. $15 per person

The Bikes: Teaming up with our local bike shop, Bicycle Habitat, we snagged a fleet of ideal city cruisers from Linus and Globe – each equipped with a rack designed to safely hold the picnic packs we’re whipping up for you. Did we mention that they’re free to use when you stay with us? Oh, well, they are!

The Route: Putting our heads together with local artist and cycling/picnic enthusiast Tommy Shimko we assembled a hand-drawn map of Manhattan complete with illustrated routes to three of our favorite picnic spots, Central Park, Governors Island, and Prospect Park. Take a minute to explore each one online before you set out, they’ve been charted with care to ensure that you and your picnic companion see nothing but blue skies, green grass, and smooth water.