Summer Grilling - Where to BBQ in NYC


I bet you didn’t know that of the beautiful parks in the metropolitan area almost 40 allow barbecuing in designated areas.


All Parks are Non-smoking and booze-free zones. Don’t get grilled by the law.

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If you are not blessed with a backyard, the fire department would like to impress on you that you may never use a charcoal or propane grill on a roof, a fire escape or side walk. Central Park is off-limits to grill enthusiast.

When playing with fire, some common sense rules need to be observed: No barbecuing permitted close to trees or foliage or anything combustible. Clean up after yourself properly: all coals & litter must be doused with water and safely disposed in designated trash receptacles.

Grilling in a park is no solitary activity, expect a crowd and stiff competition for a pit.


Bring that friend who knows what he/she is doing. Nobody likes singed eyebrows

You will need something to clean the grill before (a brush or crumpled aluminum foil will do) and after use, pack enough charcoal, lighter fluid, matches and aluminum foil. Bring some marinated meats, fish, ribs, delicious Beyond Meat sausages or veggie burgers and some sauce to cover up.


There is only one legal BBQ spot in Manhattan below 96ths street.

John v. Lindsay East River Park, along FDR Drive at East 10th Street
BBQing here requires a non-refundable *Special events permit. Permits cost $25 and take about a month to process, so make sure you plan ahead. (Except major holiday weekends, spaces are kept clear for public use on a first-come first-served basis on those days)

Thomas Jefferson Park: First Avenue between E. 111th-114th Streets

Inwood Hill Park: Dyckman Ballfields at Dyckman Street & Hudson River

Morningside Park: Morningside Ave. & W. 121st St.

Riverside Park: West 145th Street on the Hudson River
St. Nicholas Park

Randall's Island Park Located in the East River across the Northern part of Manhattan between Queens and the Bronx.
Flagpole Lawns, between Icahn Stadium and the Golf Center

Harlem River Picnic Area near the ferry dock and the lawn area by the playground

At the waterfront at the south end of the park


Picnic Peninsula at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, hibachi style grills and picnic tables and epic views of Manhattan. Closes 10PM

Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s biggest park boasts some fine bbq areas on

Both Sides of Bandshell
- North Area of Long Meadow
- Area near PPSW and 10th Avenue
- Area near Vanderbuilt Street and PPSW
- Grecian Shelter Area
- Area north of Picnic House
- Area south of Wollman Rink

Manhattan Beach gets pretty crowded so go early

Northeast of Promenade, Median adjacent to Parking Lot
- Oriental Boulevard & Hastings St.

Fort Greene Park: Along Myrtle Ave. between North Portland Ave. and St. Edwards St.

Coffey Park: At Verona, Richards, and Dwight Streets


Ferry Point Park
South end of park spectacular viewes of this Bronx waterside park


Head out to the Rockaways, the cities only legal surf beach to Jacob Riis Park and look for the BBQ are on the boardwalk

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Jewel Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway