There are few pleasures in life simpler than cooking outside. After all, cooking inside is a recent trend in the grand scheme of things, and every summer provides the opportunity to get in touch with your fire-reliant roots.

Most NYC parks that offer barbecue areas also allow you to bring in your own grill, if you're a purist or the installed units are all taken. Other things to keep in mind: you must always be 10ft from the nearest tree, dumping coals on roots of trees is forbidden and all parks require that you have a permit for parties of 20 or more and take at least a month to process. 

Now that the rules of the cookout are out of the way, let's move onto what you came for—the grilling. Click on to explore the 15 Best NYC Parks for Cookouts.

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