Summer is the perfect time to spend time outdoors with the family or a loved one. And there’s no more classic way of enjoying that than by planning a picnic. But what if that traditional pastime was more than just some basic sandwiches? What if it was one of the most luxurious experiences ever. Well, that’s precisely what The Plaza Hotel just did by announcing The Elevated Plaza Hamptons Picnic, which comes with a hefty price tag of a cool $19,000.
What makes a picnic cost so much? Well, you take a private helicopter from Manhattan to The Hamptons for your lunch. Once you arrive at the ritzy beach town, you head to the beach where the Plaza already has an over-the-top picnic set up. You start with a glass of champagne before moving on to the decadent seafood options like Little Neck Clams and Peconic oysters to shrimp cocktails or caviar blinis. And for the picnic finale, you’ll get to chow down on steamed lobster with lemon wedges and truffle butter.
When the day ends, the picnic experts will handle the packing as you fly back to your Castle on Central Park South. You can soak in the scenery along the way as Wings Air will provide a private tour overlooking some of Manhattan’s most sought attractions.
If the $19,000 price tag is too much to swallow, there is a cheaper option. Although, it’s also not exactly cheap. As part of the partnership with Perfect Picnic NYC, the hotel created the Perfect Plaza Picnic, which is an alfresco dining experience in famous Central Park.
This option includes walking through Central Park to Gapstow Bridge, where a luxurious picnic set-up is waiting for you. A large blanket is perfectly laid out in the grass with Plaza pillows for a little extra comfort. Once settled, you can dive into the elegant wicker basket- complete with Plaza double P initials- filled with a variety of savory and sweet delights.
Regarding what you get to eat, the menu starts with a charcuterie platter with an array of quality cured meats and a selection of the finest cheeses. Next, guests sip a glass of sparkling water or lemonade before diving into the baguettini sandwiches by the dozen. From apple saffron chutney with aged cheddar to prosciutto with pear ginger jam and blue cheese, or a classic turkey breast with aged cheddar and dijon mayonnaise, there is pretty much an option for everyone.
And you can’t have a picnic without some sweets. So, a cookie, brownie, or caramel are offered as dessert options. Best of all, you don’t have to lift a finger. The hotel’s picnic experts will handle the cleanup for a seamless Plaza alfresco dining experience.
“At The Plaza Hotel we are always striving to transform guests experiences into unforgettable memories,” Daniel Brigano, Guest Experiences Manager at The Plaza, told me. “While a traditional picnic entails many tedious tasks, such as preparing the food, packing the basket, finding a spot, setting up the blankets, and of course cleaning up—The Plaza Picnic experiences, take care of all the work so our guests can enjoy an effortless al fresco dining experience, whether that may be in our Central Park backyard, or with their toes in the sand of The Hamptons beaches. As they say, “nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.”