Gothamist to Fork in the Road. (We cut-n-paste the news release here.)
The menu from chef Nicholas Nostadt, formerly of Williamsburg's Berry Park, leaned toward American comfort food. (Cheese Ball with Roquefort!) And the space was lovingly renovated.
In any event, it appears that Picnic has closed. Several readers have noted the space has been dark the past week or so. The phone kicks into a generic voice-mail greeting after a lot of rings. There's no sign on the door or mention of a closure on their Facebook page or website.
However, one person with knowledge of the restaurant, which formerly housed the Kiev one day a long time ago, said that it was closed.
The restaurant is also listed (PDF) for rent at Eastern Consolidated.
Per asking rent per the marketing flyer: "$14,354 per month with 4% increases per annum."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Storefront renovation for 117 Second Ave.; last call for Song 7.2?
A Picnic for Second Avenue