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The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck is a popular destination to pick up a sandwich or some cheese, charcuterie and bread to take to one of the nearby vineyards or on a beach picnic. (July 15, 2013) Credit: Nicole Horton

Picnic time is here, and you don't have to slave in the kitchen to create a tempting basketful of treats to tote for an al fresco meal at the beach, public park, outdoor concert or North Fork winery.

Here are places where you can pick up a picnic to go, complete with sandwiches, salads and even dessert.


6 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay

INFO 516-922-5700,

COST $15 for one

Periwinkles runs the cafes at the Planting Fields Arboretum and State Historic Park in Oyster Bay and the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX A sandwich, a bottled soft drink, a bag of Deep River potato chips, a peach, watermelon slice or other fresh fruit and two chocolate chunk cookies.

MAIN COURSE Sandwich choices include turkey with cranberry and Brie; turkey with bacon, mayo and avocado, and chicken salad with cran raisins, smoked almonds and apricot pieces -- all between slices of whole-grain bread.

WHERE TO DIG IN Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Oyster Bay; Planting Fields.


8955 Main Rd., East Marion

INFO 631-477-3277,

COST $36 for two

Call ahead 48 hours

Fork & Anchor is located just east of North Fork wine country, inside a onetime general store dating to the 1860s.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX Two specialty sandwiches, two sodas, two bags of North Fork potato chips and one large side salad.

MAIN COURSE Green Goddess Chicken Salad features locally grown produce flavored with herbs from Marion Gardens organic farm in East Marion.

Also popular: turkey and Vermont Cheddar chutney apple raisin salad, and the veggie wrap with pistachio pesto.

WHERE TO DIG IN Orient Beach State Park in Orient Point; Monday night concert series at Greenport's Mitchell Park; Kontocosta Winery in Greenport.


1538 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park, 1166 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh and 7929 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury

INFO 877-423-6637,

COST Prices vary

The caterer keeps sandwiches and salads at the ready and specializes in bruschetta made with bread baked on the premises.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX Choose from a dozen kinds of sandwiches, plus side salads (potato, pasta or quinoa) or bruschetta with hummus or Gorgonzola dip.

MAIN COURSE The Godfather sandwich is a meal in itself. For $7.95 you get a heap of Italian cold cuts (mortadella, Genoa salami, pepperoni and more) on a hero, roll or wrap.

WHERE TO DIG IN Eisenhower Park; North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington.


105 Love Lane, Mattituck

INFO 631-298-8556,

COST About $35 for two

With more than 150 cheeses from Italy, France, Spain and other places in their display case, the shop is a cheese muncher's paradise in Long Island wine country.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX Premade sandwiches ($4.95-$6.95) and to-go cheese plates with three cheeses, grapes, olives and cornichon pickles ($18).

MAIN COURSE The most popular sandwich contains Italian prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, but Serrano ham and manchego cheese from Spain is a close second.

WHERE TO DIG IN Nearby wineries include Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead and Castello di Borghese in Cutchogue, not to mention about four dozen other wineries in all directions.


More than two dozen locations from Mineola to Hampton Bays.


COST About $20 for two

The soup, sandwich and salad chain caters to the to-go crowd, with mix-and-match meals packed in tidy little boxes. Add a pastry or cookies, brownies and the like, from the display counter by the registers.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX Choice of a full sandwich or a full salad, or a half sandwich and small salad, plus a cookie and side dish. A pickle spear comes with the full sandwich.

MAIN COURSE Cold sandwiches such as bacon and turkey on tomato-basil bread, or the Italian combo with four kinds of meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions on ciabatta bread.

WHERE TO DIG IN Practically anywhere -- but the East Meadow location is right off Wantagh Parkway, an easy pit stop en route to Jones Beach or Eisenhower Park, which hosts free concerts and international culture nights.

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