Food at Citi Field: Three Things To Try (+1!)
Since the food at Citi Field is very well known not just for its impressive selection but high quality, I thought I’d share a few favorites of mine for you:
Food at Citi Field, Tip #1: A Grilled Cheese From Pressed. Josh Capon is yet another chef whose wares have been added to the Citi Field food menu; his Pressed stand on the lower concourse features several types of grilled cheese sandwiches, made with large slices of bread and baked on one of the ridgy type grills.
In my last visit to Citi Field I ordered the Ultimate Grilled Cheese; despite the name it’s the most basic sandwich on the Pressed menu. Even so the thing was amazing, one of the best things I’ve ever eaten at a ballpark. Lots of gooey muenster, Havarti and boursin cheese with herbed kale pesto and broccoli rabe. Never mind all that, it was delicious.
If you like a thick, fancy grilled cheese on slightly crunchy toast, try Pressed. It’s how a grilled cheese sandwich made by a chef would taste. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Food at Citi Field, Tip #2: The Pat LaFrieda Steak Sandwich. Pat LaFrieda is a pretty big name among meat purveyors in NYC; his steaks are served in some of the biggest steakhouses in Manhattan. He’s also known for humane treatment of animals, although they all still end up on the grill.
The steak sandwich at his Citi Field stand is very different from a Philly-style cheesesteak; thick strips of filet mignon are dipped in au jus, and placed on a baguette with caramelized onions and Jack cheese.
It carries a hefty price tag even for a ballpark sandwich, but judging from the lines, people think it’s worth it.
Food at Citi Field, Tip #3: Two Boots “Meat The Mets” Pizza. Two Boots replaced Cascarino’s in 2012; their pizza is popular enough at Citi that another location was added to the Promenade Level. Neither has lines that get too long, however, and to some Two Boots is the undiscovered gem of food at Citi Field.
Two Boots has a variety of unusual pizzas with New York-style thin crust, but the “Meat The Mets” pie is especially interesting; it’s got Creole chicken, pepperoni, Italian sausage with jalapenos and ricotta. It’s like you don’t even need the crust.
As of this writing, Two Boots only offers pizza in slices, but they may do whole pies in the future if the demand is there. As it is, I would jump on a slice early before it’s been sitting too long…take it from a veteran of the NJ boardwalks.
Food at Citi Field, Tip #4: Bonus Item! Mama’s Cannoli. I forgot you’ll want dessert…
Mama’s of Corona is another local presence at Citi Field, and has been around for Mets games since the days of Shea Stadium. They’re known for New York Italian deli-style sandwiches with truly necessary ingredients like roasted red peppers…they are an underrated hidden gem here. They’re also known for a tasty, cold cannoli.
It’s not that the Mama’s cannoli is the best cannoli you’ll ever have, although it ranks up there in my case. The best thing is the blue and orange sprinkles on each end. In a ballpark that was initially chastised for not paying sufficient tribute to its team, the sprinkles make it clear.
It’s a perfectly tasty pastry too, a crispy shell doused in confectioner sugar containing a sweet creamy filling. And Mets-colored sprinkles. Take a picture.
Mama’s of Corona is located in the World’s Fare Market, in the right field dining area. There is a Mama’s on the Promenade level as well.
Those are three (plus!) items of food at Citi Field you can try out at your next Mets game; but there’s also the Blue Smoke brats, the Fuku chicken sandwich, and the hot pastrami sandwich on rye among many other choices. Or you may just want to solve the Citi Field Burger Dilemma.
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