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Best Eats at Citi Field

March 30, 2011 10:30 AM

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The Shake Shack burger. (Image from www.shakeshack.com)

The Shake Shack burger. (Image from http://www.shakeshack.com)

UPDATE: For the 2012 guide to the best food & drink at Citi Field, click here.

At the Mets’ ballpark, what you eat from the concession stands lends another dimension to the spirit of the experience. But tacos at the game? Purists hold that the only appropriate foods are beer, peanuts, and hot dogs. We say “Pshaw”—why not enjoy marvelously various and tasty eats while you celebrate or mourn? By Anna Van Lenten.

See Also: CBSNewYork’s Guide To CitiField | How To Eat Healthy At Local Stadiums, Arenas

bluesmokebbq2 Best Eats at Citi Field

A closeup of the ribs at Blue Smoke. (Image from http://www.bluesmoke.com)

Blue Smoke

Field level, behind center field
Promenade level, behind home plate

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See our Best BBQ entry for details on Blue Smoke’s outstanding fare. Suffice it to say, you cannot go wrong with either the ribs (smoky, tender) or pulled pork (ditto). Mind—the ribs are the sauce variety, not dry rub.

boxfrites Best Eats at Citi Field

An image from the Box Frites website. (Image from http://www.boxfrites.com)

Box Frites

Field level, behind center field
Promenade level, behind home plate

Many a frite worshipper here: its perfectly crusted exterior houses a steamingly fluffy inside. The dipping sauces make it, along with a beer, a carb extravaganza of dreams, though they’re so good, naked is great too. For a classy change, try the garlic Parmesan frites.

cascarinospizza Best Eats at Citi Field

Some of the Cascarino’s pies. (Image from http://www.cascarinos.com)

Cascarino’s Pizza

Field level, behind center field
Excelsior level, behind section 335
Promenade level, behind home plate

Instinctively, we’d advise avoiding stadium pizza, but the Grandma’s slice with vodka sauce? Hello. Lush, sweet sauce, fresh cheese, and crunchy, rich crust.

Catch of the Day

catch of the day Best Eats at Citi Field
Field level, behind section 102

Two items to write home about: the Blue Point hot dog, which gets steamed in Blue Point lager, then nestled in a toasted, buttered bun. And a fantastic crab cake sandwich on a potato roll with tartar sauce. Crab meat is fresh and bountiful.

Mama’s of Corona

mamas of corona Best Eats at Citi Field

(Photo: NYCFoodGuy.com)

Field level, behind sections 105-6
Promenade level, behind home plate

Mama’s antipasti plates are always recommended, as well as any one of her three varieties of Italian subs, all made with fresh mozzarella from Corona stalwart Leo’s Latticini. The small sides of roasted peppers and marinated mushrooms give the sub pizzazz. Add a splash of oil and vinegar for the final touch.

elveranotaqueria Best Eats at Citi Field

The El Verano Taqueria website. (Image from http://www.elvaranotaqueria.com)

El Verano Taqueria

Field level, behind center field

The tacos and corn here merit new ballpark classics. Succulent chicken mole with pumpkin seeds, carnitas, and marinated steak tacos are all fantastically easy to devour. Here’s what to do with your ear of corn: douse it in mayo, cotija cheese and a dash of cayenne. Don’t forget to watch the game.

nathans Best Eats at Citi Field

The classic Nathan’s hot dog. We love their fries too. (Image from http://www.nathansfamous.com)

Nathan’s

Locations throughout the stadium

A Nathan’s corn dog and a side of crinkle cut fries with honey mustard on the side will stand you well.

premio Best Eats at Citi Field

The Premio sausage on a roll. (Image from http://www.premiofoods.com)

Premio Stand

Locations throughout the stadium

Premio sausages are great, but when they’re the spicy kind and cooked up with onions and green and sweet red peppers, they really make sense.

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The Shake Shack burger. (Image from http://www.shakeshack.com)

Shake Shack

Field level, behind center field

Reviews & more info

Three ridiculously good choices here: The ShackBurger with extra special sauce—the bomb. And see that hot dog, laden with mustard, pickles, relish, onion, cucumber, pepper, and celery salt? It fairly explodes with salty, pork-y, zingy fabulousness. To round things off, we recommend the creamy vanilla frozen custard with hot fudge sauce.

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