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.
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-style Italian fare comes in famously gargantuan portions, and is relatively inexpensive; as are beers at the Mets memorabilia-encased bar.
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.
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 Amazins 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. Sixteen 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.