Whether you’re steps from Citi Field or watching the Amazins from Manhattan, these are the best Big Apple haunts for Mets fans. By Chris Kelly.
The Pine Restaurant
Don’t let its attachment to a Holiday Inn fool you. Pine Restaurant is a classic, quality trattoria, as well as an unofficial clubhouse for Mets greats pre and post-game. Solid, family-size Italian fare comes in famously gargantuan portions, and is relatively inexpensive (entrées $10-30), as are beers at the Mets memorabilia-encased bar – happily priced at $4.00-$5.50 for the tides of fans that roll in each gameday.
While not Mets-specific, this Midtown pub has a general focus on all things baseball, true to its credo of “an Irish bar with a baseball attitude”. Quaff a well-drawn Guinness or Magner’s among museum-exhaustive display shelves of over 300 bobbleheads and 1,800 autographed balls, along with thickets of jerseys and ticket stubs from stadiums around the nation.
Roosevelt Sports Bar
A 12-minute walk from Citi Field and a liberal buyback policy – roughly every third drink free – lift Roosevelt Sports Bar head-and-shoulders above the crowd. Friendly bartenders, a fleet of plasma TVs, and a strong contingent of Amazin’s fans to celebrate or commiserate with keep it enjoyable, no matter how the game ends.
This Upper West Side sports temple has more screens than a Cineplex, along with famous wings that far outshine anything you’d find at the concessions stand. The sheer volume of plasma means pretty much any MLB game is a lock to be on somewhere, and requests are happily taken, though it shouldn’t be necessary – Blondie’s draws a sizeable Mets fan presence.
Named for a large park in Dublin that still contains a herd of wild deer, these Upper East Side “drinking consultants” are Mets and Jets all the way, as signed jerseys and bobbleheads attest. 16 plasma screens are complemented by a pool table and back patio, as well as a crowd of fans and Hunter college kids snagging a truly mammoth happy hour – $4 for imperial 20 oz. Bud pints every day of the week from 11:30 AM to 7 in the evening, with well drinks included on weekdays.