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There are few greater badges of honor in the restaurant world as Michelin Stars. Yes, this is the same company that makes tires!

Due to the pandemic, many of these award-winning restaurants have started—and continued—to offer special takeout menus, and whereas it used to be nearly impossible to get a reservation at some of these restaurants, takeout options give foodies the chance to try some of the world’s most coveted dishes without much planning and often at a discounted price. 

We’ve got a list of some restaurants still offering takeout even as restrictions have begun to lift, and just in time for summer, we’ve paired them with some beautiful green spaces you can picnic in with the chefs’ creations. 

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Alinea: Chicago

shrimp in a bowl

Photo courtesy of Monica Pedraja

Chicago’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars is known for highly creative and nostalgic meals with a twist. The Michelin Guide highlights their bubblegum Japanese cheesecake and green apple-filled Helium balloon, among other unexpected presentations.

Currently, you can take home a four-course dinner or an eight-inch pot pie. Some takeout menu items require a stove, so be ready to pop home to prepare if needed. Don’t worry — guidelines provided. 

Purchase on Tock
Price: $39.95-$104.95
Where to picnic:  Lincoln Park
Where to stay: Hotel Lincoln

Sushi Ginza Onodera: West Hollywood, CA

sushi platter

West Coast sushi lovers look no further for an incredible takeout option. Although the restaurant reopened for dining in 2020, the two–Michelin star Sushi Ginza Onodera continues to serve four different Edomae-style sushi takeout options. With all the fish flown in from Tokyo’s Toyosu market, you’ll get to taste fresh tiger shrimp, conch, razor clam, conch, red snapper, and more.

Purchase on Tock
Price: $150-$200
Where to picnic: Pan-Pacific Park
Where to stay: Farmer’s Daughter

Gravitas: Washington, DC

Foie gras, caviar, and wagyu beef tartare are three things you likely never thought you’d get in a takeout container and eat in a park, but the pandemic has ushered in a lot of firsts. Washington D.C.’s one–Michelin star restaurant Gravitas offers cocktails, wine, appetizers, mains, desserts and a three-course tasting menus for two ($110) sourced from local farms. 

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Price: $22-$150 appetizers and mains; $9-$24 desserts
Where to picnic: United States National Arboretum
Where to stay: Hamilton Hotel

Cote: New York City

Stock photo of Korean food. Kimchi fried rice, pork bulgogi, spicy garlic chicken, and bibimbop served in an authentic Korean restaurant.

Don’t plan this takeout with your plant-based friends. With takeout categories like “Meat, Meat, and More Meat,” this New York City restaurant is carnivore territory. This one–Michelin star Korean barbecue has meat bowls, bibimbop, stews, salad and feasts for two ($108) and four ($216), so you can bring the barbecue experience wherever you dine. 

Purchase via Cote’s website
Price: $16-$216
Where to picnic: Madison Square Park
Where to stay: The Evelyn Hotel

Marea: NYC

If you like your burrata with lobster, fusilli with octopus, and gnocchi with red shrimp, the one–Michelin star Marea’s range of takeout options are sure to satisfy. In addition to seafood and pasta, the restaurant also offers several wines to compliment the meal.  

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Price: $19-$59
Where to picnic: Central Park
Where to stay: M Social Hotel Times Square

Tagged: Chicago, Food & drink, L.A., New York City, Washington DC

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Allison Yates

Allison Yates

Allison is a Chicago-based writer covering travel, women and society in U.S. Midwest, Latin America, and Ibiza. Follow her on Instagram at @allisonyateswriter.
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