Best Restaurants Near Citi Field

From nearby Jackson Heights to Flushing, Queens
November 27, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Whether you're headed to a Mets baseball game, taking in a concert or seeing the sights of Corona Park, here are some of the best dining options near the stadium. 

Golden Shopping Mall
Chinese · Flushing · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.4 · Service 3.0

An “adventure” for the “intrepid” , this bi-level Flushing food court offers a “variety” of “tasty” Chinese “delights” from vendors like “terrific” dumpling shops and the original Xi’an Famous Foods; it's “crazy” “crowded” with “no ambiance” , but never mind – the eats are “really cheap.”
Dumpling Galaxy
Chinese · Flushing · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

The “rich and juicy” dumplings attract daytrippers to this mall-based Flushing Chinese whose “mind-boggling” selection includes plenty of “unusual options” ; it’s a “no-frills venue” , but given “speedy service” and “great prices” , “it makes kitschy work.”
Joe's Shanghai
Chinese · Flushing · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

“Delicate, savory and fun to eat” , the “signature” soup dumplings at these Chinese “staples” are “justly famous” ; trade-offs include “long lines” , “perfunctory service” and “no atmosphere” , yet they're “always packed for a reason.”
Leo's Latticini
Corona · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

“Nobody makes a sandwich” like this Corona “old-school Italian deli” , where the subs are “fit for royalty” and the mozzarella is among the “best in the boroughs” ; its Citi Field stand services Mets fans on game days, but, unfortunately, without those “adorable ladies” behind the counter.
Arepa Lady
Elmhurst · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.1

After plying her “fabulous” mozzarella-stuffed corn cakes from an “insanely popular” cart, Maria Cano is now doing her thing at this “small” Elmhurst storefront where fans say “the lady’s still got it” ; the digs “aren’t much to look at” , but with “friendly” service and “reasonable” prices, “who cares?”
Jackson Diner
Indian · Jackson Heights · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

“Cheap and tasty” eats earn these “spartan” Indians “a loyal following” among fans of “well-seasoned” “comfort” cooking; the decades-old Jackson Heights original is the “favorite” , but both host lunch buffets that are “especially noteworthy” for “value.”
Ayada Thai
Thai · Elmhurst · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Spicy means spicy” at this “friendly” Elmhurst Thai whose “uncompromising” dishes pack “powerful flavors” and come at a “fair price” ; the “humble” storefront space gets “crowded” with “lines out the door” at prime times, but a recent expansion has added a bit of elbow room.
Thai · Woodside · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

Worth the “trek," this Woodside “holy grail of Thai food” (with a Williamsburg branch) offers an “enormous choice” of “memorable” dishes at varied heat levels ( “make sure you really mean it if you ask for ‘very spicy’” ); although cash-only with “perfunctory” service and decor, it's affordable and “out-of-this-world.”
Xi'an Famous Foods
Chinese · Flushing · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.4

Fans of “banging” hand-pulled noodles discover “fiery” “nirvana” at this “burgeoning” Western Chinese chain also famed for cumin-lamb burgers so “insanely good” that they have their own “cult following” ; “zero decor” and “cramped” seating are offset by ultra- “cheap” tabs
Phớ Bằng
Vietnamese · Flushing · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.2

“Just as the name says” , these “no-nonsense” Vietnamese joints cater to “pho phans” with “delicious” soup bowls and a “big bang for the buck” ; otherwise they're “dingy” setups where the staffers “could be a little more courteous.”
Szechuan Mountain House
Chinese · Flushing · $$

These Sichuan eateries in Flushing and the East Village serve homey meals (many spiked with chiles) in settings with rustic, natural touches. Pots of green tea for the table add to the relaxed, group-friendly vibe.