With baseball season around the corner, there’s an awful lot to look forward to. The offseason feels longer and longer every year, and when we finally get to Opening Day, it feels better than ever before. For Mets fans, at the very least we should be getting meaningful baseball. There’s a potential for much more but I like to temper my expectations with a team that rips my heart out and steps on my throat on an annual basis.
With that being said, my expectations are maintained at a HIGH level when it comes to the food at Citi Field. The Mets usually disappoint, but the food at the ballpark absolutely does not. I’ve heard people say it’s the best in baseball. Last year I highlighted some new eats as well as some of the classics, and I’m prepared to do so again here.
My goal is to take you on a brief tour of the Citi Field eateries to get you prepped for this season because you can’t have baseball without food and beer. It’s become normal to experience the vast variety of local cuisine at any stadium, and the creations seem to get more and more clever and sophisticated.
Cookie DŌ (NEW):
Oh shit. Confirmed by the NY Post, one of New York’s most popular new sensations will be at Citi Field. Cookie dough is hot in the streets right now. From what I know it’s “edible” cookie dough, but I’m not so sure it’s for me. Part of the allure of eating cookie dough is trying to evade salmonella poisoning. Without that risk, all you have is delicious cookie dough. After taking a peak at some of their offerings, count me in. Typically you don’t pair cookie dough with baseball but I have a feeling this place is gonna create quite the long line. I mean, are you kidding with these…
Oh shit. Confirmed by the NY Post, one of New York’s most popular new sensations will be at Citi Field. Cookie dough is hot in the streets right now. From what I know it’s “edible” cookie dough, but I’m not so sure it’s for me. Part of the allure of eating cookie dough is trying to evade salmonella poisoning. Without that risk, all you have is delicious cookie dough. After taking a peak at some of their offerings, count me in. Typically you don’t pair cookie dough with baseball but I have a feeling this place is gonna create quite the long line.
Nicoletta Pizzeria (NEW):
Rarely have I considered eating pizza at the ballpark before but these pies have me rethinking everything I’ve ever known. As much as I like hot dogs and cotton candy (and oh BOY do I like hot dogs and cotton candy), if a pizza craving arises I may have to react accordingly. We’ve gotten to the point as a nation where nothing is off limits in regard to food at a stadium. Pizza deserves a chance.
Shake Shack is the clean up hitter of food places at Citi Field. The line is long an hour prior to first pitch and remains so throughout the entire game. The line actually moves quickly so don’t let it intimidate you. Plus, you know it’s gonna be worth it. Grab yourself a burger, fries, and a milkshake, and you’re all set. Get the SmokeShack burger if you want a little flare.
Conveniently located right next to Shake Shack in centerfield, Blue Smoke offers anything and everything to fulfill your BBQ craving. Their brisket and pulled pork sandwiches are ridiculous, and I’ve heard magical things about their brisket mac & cheese. Do yourself a favor and find the time to make your way over there; I don’t think you’ll regret it. They have a Smoked Bologna sandwich that I’ve heard can make a person cry out of happiness. May have to check that off the list this year.
Fries at a baseball game are a timeless selection. But why have regular fries when you can get bacon cheese fries or my personal favorite, their Parmesan Garlic Frites. If you’re feeling something a little more classic, their regular fries always deliver, with a bunch of different dipping sauces to choose from because THAT’S HOW WE DO at Citi Field.
Catch of the Day:
It wouldn’t be an authentic New York culinary experience without some seafood options. Last season they added a Clam & Corn Chowder to their menu; normally that wouldn’t excite me except for the fact that it’s served in a bread bowl. Anything in a bread bowl is okay in my book. But they’re known for their Lobster Roll which I can personally vouch for. It’s fucking awesome. Catch of the Day is on the concourse out in right center field, and it’s a must for anyone looking for something delicious and different.
The El Verano Taqueria is also located in centerfield, the Times Square of Citi Field. It’s the one stop shop for anything Mexican. I’m talking tacos (get the Chicken Mole). I’m talking nachos. I’m talking margaritas. The tacos are relatively light and are a great option for something quick that won’t fill you up.
No exaggeration, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Fuku may be the best individual item at Citi Field period. It’s their signature item for a reason. It’s a tiny menu that doesn’t need any improvements because that’s how good this chicken sandwich is. They’re merged with the famous Milk Bar who pumps out incredible cookies. I recommend the Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow.
Assuming you’ve had Shake Shack at some point in your life, Pat LaFrieda’s is the next place you have to try. It’s non negotiable, in fact I demand that you go. Go and get one Meatball Sub and one Filet Mignon Sandwich. Neither of them are cheap, but you’ll forget all about that after one bite. I mean that with no hyperbole. Meatball Sub at a baseball game? Damn right. And they also do filet mignon and cheese waffle fries. Oh fuck yeah.
This makes up only a small portion of all that Citi Field has to offer. Sometimes your stomach tells you to order 3 hot dogs with mustard. Sometimes you just need a Premio Sausage & Peppers. But who knows? You may show up to the ballpark and smell the greatness from Pig Guy’s Bacon on a Stick (fantastic by the way). And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout out to one of baseball’s greatest food items: ice cream in a helmet. Anything your appetite demands can be attained. More than any other sport, baseball games take the fan experience to a new level. There’s something for everyone know matter what it is you’re looking for, and Citi Field’s offerings can go toe to toe with any stadium in the country.
If the Mets can make this season exciting (if nothing else), then the food will taste better, the colors will be brighter, and the beer will be colder. Let’s go Mets. And if they fail then at least the food will be dope.