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The Best Food at Citi Field

By Billy Lyons
March 31, 2014

With the umpire's cry of "play ball" this afternoon, the Mets regular season will officially be under way. And while peanuts and crackerjacks will always be part of a balanced ballpark diet, the stadiums of New York offer up an array of dining choices that can steal away even the most passionate fan away from the game. Today, we're taking a stroll through Citifield to find out where fellow Mets fans can enjoy a few leisurely hours - at least from a concessions standpoint. Here's a look at what's new this year, what's coming back, and where you can enjoy yourself before or after the game if the comforts of a stadium seat just aren't enough.

  • New: Pat LaFrieda is the mayor of meat when it comes to New York City restaurants, so it's only appropriate that one of the hometown teams has a full line up of his carnivorous offerings. The Mets announced this year that LaFrieda Meats is now the official burger of the Mets, meaning we'll be able to order up his signature blend throughout the stadium. As an added bonus, the Mets added a new free agent acquisition in the form of LaFrieda's meatball sliders. The new concession stand will offer the butcher's all beef meatballs, served atop a toasted bun with ricotta and homemade tomato sauce. 

  • Stadium Classics: In addition to a Shake Shack outpost for some ballpark hot dogs, Blue Smoke will be serving up its usual fare of ribs and pulled pork. However, Citifield's cuisine isn't just relegated to classic Americana. Floyd Cardoz's El Verano Taqueria dishes up grilled corn on the cob and tacos stuffed with barbacoa; Mama's of Corona offers Italian style sandwiches and cannolis. Since all these favorites might cause us to land in a proverbial pickle, when in doubt, we can head to Keith's Grill. The stand, named after Mets and Seinfeld legend Keith Hernandez, offers two types of burgers that are personally approved by Keith himself.

  • Pre/Post Game Dining Options: Though we're more likely to find an auto body shop than a spot to pregame right outside of the stadium, there are a few places within a short distance that are worth checking out. Flushing is only a stop away by subway and offers a wide selection of affordable Asian food at spots like Biang! and Szechuan Gourmet. There's also a bevy of great Mexican restaurants in nearby Corona, including Tortilleria Nixtamal, where tortilla soup and chorizo platters can help us get through a chilly afternoon. For drinks, Roosevelt Sports Bar offers plenty of specials at prices we won't find inside in the ballpark and is close to both the Long Island Railroad and seven train stations.

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Places Mentioned

Shake Shack

Burger • Willets Point

Food21 Decor13 Service15 Cost$16
 
 
 
Blue Smoke

NoneKips Bay

Food22 Decor18 Service20 Cost$42
 
 
 
Mama's of Corona

Sandwich Shop • Willets Point

Food26 Decor12 Service23 Cost$15
 
 
 
Biang!

Chinese • Flushing

Food24 Decor15 Service15 Cost$23
 
 
 
Szechuan Gourmet

Chinese • Flushing

Food23 Decor12 Service16 Cost$28
 
 
 
 
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