Picnic Garden is an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant. You can find the restaurant in Murray Hill, Queens, close to Voelker Orth Museum. The restaurant operates as a buffet and allows customers to grill their meat at their tables.
You may hear mixed reviews about the restaurant and wonder whether it is worth visiting. I believe the best way to get the most out of your time and money at the Picnic Garden is to have a plan.
That is where I come in. Here’s how to make the most out of your visit to Picnic Garden.
Preparation and Reservations
Here are some things to consider:
- You cannot make reservations for less than a party of 4.
- Call the restaurant directly to place your reservations.
- You won’t be seated if your party is incomplete because of the time limit.
- You have to pay an extra fee if you want to eat alone
- Larger parties are more priority than parties of 2 or 3.
- The restaurant can get busy on weekends, especially beyond 7 pm.
I would recommend visiting Picnic Garden with at least a group of 4 on a weekday. The waiters don’t engage much with the customers.
This is more so when it’s a busy night. You have a better chance of being served attentively and pleasantly if you go when the restaurant is not as packed.
Weekday Lunch Special
If you’re looking to cut costs, you could try Picnic Garden’s weekday lunch special. They offer the all-you-can-eat at a significantly lower price if you go for lunch on a weekday.
However, the staff is likely to tell you that lunch ends around 1:30 to 2. After which, you will have to pay the weekday dinner price.
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The restaurant opens around 11:30, which gives you just about 2 hours to enjoy the special. If you don’t like rushing or your commute is unpredictable, this might not be the best option for you.
Also, keep in mind that the meat selection at lunch is not as good as at dinner.
How The All-You-Can-Eat Works
After being seated, you can head over to the buffet tables to select your preferences. They have appetizers, sides, meat, and dessert. Remember to take enough plates to keep your cooked and uncooked food separate.
You can take as much as you want of any available options and still go back for more. Each table comes with a grill so you can make your meat as rare or well done as you like.
Waiters will frequently stop at your table to change the grill, cut your meat and remind you of your remaining time. (Brace yourself, it can be kind of annoying). You’ll also get a basket of lettuce to wrap your meat.
You have 90 minutes to grill and eat. You’ll pay a fee if you have any leftovers when your time is up. If you are caught trying to sneak your leftovers out, you will have to pay a $300 fine. The cost of drinks is not included in the all-you-can-eat.
To maximize time, I would recommend starting with some pre-cooked options. Next, grill the thinly sliced meat like short ribs or bulgogi. After, you can move on to the thicker meat selections as they will take the most time to cook.
If there’s still time, you can go back for anything you felt was worth a second round.
Picnic Garden’s Menu
The restaurant’s menu is not constant. Some options may be available today but not tomorrow. Even within the same day, some menu items finish fast since everyone can take as much as they like. You can call the restaurant ahead of time to know what will be available on a particular day.
Pre-Cooked Food: Noodles, string beans, fried shrimp, spicy crawfish, fried chicken, and fried plantains.
Uncooked Seafood: Squid, octopus, and clams.
Uncooked Meat: Bulgogi, short ribs, chicken wings, pork jowls, and steak
Sides: Seaweed salad, cheese corn and egg, and Kimchi.
Dessert: Ice cream
Some drinks you can expect to find are:
Soda: Coke, Fanta, Ginger Ale, and Ice Tea.
Juice: Apple, Orange, and Cranberry.
Beer: Blue Moon, Modelo, Heineken, and Korean Beer.
Soju: Strawberry, Peach, Apple, and Yoghurt.
Remember that the cost of drinks is separate.
Picnic Garden Price
These prices are subject to change.
Weekday lunch special: $23 before tax
Monday to Thursday Dinner: $37 before tax
Friday to Sunday Dinner: $39 before tax
Holidays: $38 before tax
Sitting alone: $10 to $25 depending on the day and time.
If you pay with a credit card, they will deduct an unknown percentage for tips.
If you pay with cash, you can decide if you want to tip and how much. It also comes with a $3 discount.
Picnic Garden Coupon
You can get some picnic garden coupons from friendseat.com https://friendseat.com/coupons/Flushing/Picnic-Garden
Some Extra Tips:
- Expect to smell like barbecue and smoke when you’re done. Consider that if you plan to go somewhere important after.
- Parking spaces can be hard to find. Consider taking public transport if you don’t mind.
- The grills on the tables are small. Larger parties might take longer to grill for everyone.
- A few sauces are available to dip your cooked meat in.
- Rice is available at the back. Many people miss it.
That’s it! If you keep all this information in mind and plan accordingly, you’ll have a great time at the Picnic Garden.
Location: 154-05 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 358-5959
Official website: http://www.picnicgardennyc.com/
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Friday to Saturday: 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Does Picnic Garden offer delivery or takeout?
A: Yes, Picnic Garden offers both delivery and takeout.
Q: Does Picnic Garden accept walk-in customers?
A: Yes, they do. But you might have a long wait time if you’re less than a party of 3.
Q: What forms of payment does Picnic Garden accept?
A: Picnic Garden accepts cash and credit cards. You get $3 off when you pay with cash.
Q: What Kind of parking is available at Picnic Garden
A: Metered Street parking is available nearby.
Q: Does Picnic Garden Accept reservations?
A: Yes. Reservations are available for parties of 4 or more.
Q: Are there different prices for children?
A: Yes, there are. You can call the restaurant directly for inquiries as their menu and prices keep changing.
Q: Can I bring a drink?
A: No. Outside food and beverages are not allowed at Picnic Garden.