Yankee Stadium has plenty of places to eat inside its famous walls, but the Bronx boasts all kinds of delicious restaurants. Here’s where to go before or after the game. By Jessica Allen.
The Feeding Tree
This Bronx restaurant almost next door to Yankee Stadium is something of an institution. Eric Asimov reviewed it for the New York Times way back in 2000. Anthony Bourdain visited it in 2009. Jamaican often means jerk, and, as a Jamaican restaurant, The Feeding Tree does jerk chicken and jerk shrimp particularly well. Other items in regular rotation on the menu include oxtail stew, curried goat, and ackee (a type of fruit) with saltfish.
Slightly further afield, Giovanni’s Restaurant specializes in home-cooked Italian. How home-cooked? Very—the original Grand Concourse location relies on family recipes for entrees like veal milanese and red snapper oreganata, and pastas like linguini nera arrabbiata (housemade black linguini with shrimp, mussels, and lobster) and fettuccine dejana (housemade spinach fettuccine with mushrooms, chicken, and shrimp). Coal-oven pizzas too.
By day, Sam’s Restaurant caters to game-goers, students, attorneys from the nearby courthouse, and others with affordable lunch specials featuring such soul food goodness as macaroni and cheese, smoked ribs, cornbread, and baked Virginia ham. By night, Sam’s transforms into a nightclub, still catering to game-goers, students, attorneys from the nearby courthouse, and others, only with better music and more drink specials.
Family run since 1988, Molino Rojo Restaurant offers its takes on traditional Caribbean and Latin American food, including mofongo (fried plantains) with lobster and shrimp, fried pig ears and other cuchifritos, and even a house-style T-bone steak. Alas, the secret’s out about this super-casual restaurant, so get there early, bring your most entertaining friends, or both.
Alex Rodriguez went from Washington Heights to Yankee Stadium, and so can you, but with far less time in the weight room or at batting practice. After you’ve had your fill of arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) and costilla fritas (fried ribs) at this homey Dominican restaurant in Manhattan, you can simply take the Bx6 bus or walk across Macombs Dam Bridge, with its views of the oldest bridge in New York City (now closed).