This is the best travel tradition we’ve heard of in a while: Canadian Chowhound sinjawns has a lovely habit of buying a bottle of champagne and “wooing my SO with a lovely picnic in each new city we visit.” Aww.

They’re headed to Prospect Park, and looking for tips on where to load up their picnic basket. Hounds are being quite helpful, with jen kalb recommending Russo’s for mozzarella and Italian snacks, and Bklyn Larder for more pricey goods. tex.s.toast chimes in to second the Larder recommendation, calling their homemade gelato “TO DIE FOR.” He admits it’s pricey at $9, but reckons the fior di latte flavor is worth a splurge.

jimmyjazz suggests the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, which is chock-full of fine cheeses (from Cato Corner, among others) and good-looking produce. And, of course, we’ve previously recommended the Jamaican joints on Flatbush Avenue for some good picnic action.

One sobering note though: bobjbkln pipes up with a warning to watch out with that bottle of champagne. It might not be the case in other cities sinjawns has visited, but drinking in public remains illegal in New York City. sinjawns was not terribly happy about this, sighing that it’s “not so charming to drink champers from a thermos or a plastic cup,” but we suspect this suave gent will figure something out.

Russo’s Mozzarella and Pasta [Park Slope]
363 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn
718-369-2874

Bklyn Larder [Park Slope]
228 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
718-783-1250

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket [Park Slope]
Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
No phone available

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