With the Mets kicking off their 2016 season, fans of the Amazins will be flocking to Flushing to watch all the action. While you could stick with the traditional peanuts and Crackerjack, Citi Field boasts a myriad of delicious — and local — food options to tantalize your taste buds as you root for your favorite team. With eateries like Pig Guy NYC and Rao’s Specialty Foods, this baseball stadium is proving to be the next great food destination. By Carly Petrone.
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Sometimes you just have to go to ballgame to finally eat at Shake Shack. Devour one of their delicious ShackBurgers with special sauce and signature crinkle fries or opt for a flat-top hot dog – you are at a baseball game after all! Satisfy your sweet tooth with a their The Strike Cone frozen custard – vanilla frozen custard blended with chocolate truffle cookie dough, “shattered” sugar cone and chocolate sprinkles. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir Beer (16 0z) for $12. Open two hours before game until the end of the game.
Now you don’t have to go all the way to East Harlem to eat at Rao’s. They’ve set up shop at Citi Field, which means their signature dishes are only a ticket away. Try their specialty, signature lemon chicken – drumsticks roasted in their rotisserie and basted with Rao’s Homemade Lemon Cooking Sauce – or bite into a hearty chicken cacciatore hero – hand-breaded free range chicken, smothered with Rao’s Garden Vegetable Sauce, served on toasted hero (garnished with grated cheese). There’s also a pasta bar and brick oven pizza available in cheese and pepperoni.
Let Chef Josh Capon grill you up a fresh grilled cheese Panini in between innings. Stop by Pressed and order one of their featured sandwiches like the Peper Crusted Bacon Grilled Cheese or the Slow Braised Black Angus Short Rib Grilled Cheese with arugula and onion jam served on a challah brioche. Vegetarians can enjoy the marinated spring vegetable grilled cheese – grilled zucchini, roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella, and aged balsamic on an artisan baguette. And make sure to try his Muffuletta – think Italian Hero with a New Orleans flare – it was inspired by a sandwich Capon’s family used to bring to Shea Stadium back in the day.
S‘mores Bacon on a Stick. Yep, you can get bacon dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, crushed graham cracker, and marshmallow at the Pig Guy NYC stand. Who needs a malt when you can have this? That’s not the only topping available – try Sriracha maple glaze or Salted Caramel. Either way your stick of bacon (and you) will be happy.
Don’t fear vegans, you can nosh on slices from Two Boots Pizza. All four stands will be serving a vegan-friendly menu as well as this year’s Met’s themed pie called “The Magic is Back” – Creole chicken, bacon, and scallions. Isn’t that the American dream?
BBQ and baseball fans can come together at Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke. From pulled pork and brisket to fried chicken and ribs, you’ll certainly get your southern fix. Grab a platter of meat with corn bread and pit beans or choose one of their tasty sandwiches like the grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and buttermilk ranch sauce on a brioche bun. And don’t forget the sides like the thick-cut french fries (dusted with Blue Smoke Magic Dust) or the zesty sesame coleslaw. Yum!
Mets fans probably remember the mouthwatering $20 steak sandwich available at Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House thanks to all the tasty layers of filet mignon, caramelized onion, and Vermont Monterey cheese. This year, however, they’ll be lining up for the meat purveyor’s signature Meatball Hero with herb ricotta on an artisanal roll. You may have to watch the game from inside but it’ll be worth it.