It’s opening day at Citi Field, the Mets’ stadium in Flushing Meadows, and now through Sept. 28, Mets fans can get up-close-and-personal and watch a game live. Luckily for baseball-loving food fans, the concessions at Citi Field are a cut above many stadiums out there, and there’s as much to enjoy about eating the food as watching the game. Here are your best places to grab a bite to eat when you’re watching a game at Citi Field.
Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House
In the Delta Sky360 Club just behind home plate, select ticket-holders can dine on a wide variety of options from local meat-master Pat LaFrieda, from dry-aged NY strip steak, served with a roasted garlic-marrow butter, to the Amazin’ Burger of boneless short rib and beef belly.
Drew Nieporent and his restaurant group operate the restaurant at the Acela Club in the left field corner of the Excelsior Level also open to select ticket holders; the menu is wide-ranging menu from charcuterie and Mediterranean meze to rotisserie chicken and pork chop Milanese.
Danny Meyer’s burger joint is among the most popular in the city, so it’s no surprise it’s equally popular at Citi Field. It’s worth braving the line in the outfield concourse behind section 139 for excellent burgers, classic sides, and, especially welcome during the summer, frozen custard.
Mama’s of Corona
This classic Queens sandwich shop operates a stand at Citi Field behind section 105 in the Field Level and 415 in the Promenade Level; go for the Mama’s Special, with prosciuttini, salami and mozzarella with mushrooms and peppers.
These super-crisp Belgian-style fries behind section 140 in the Field Level, with a wide variety of dipping sauces, are one of the best snacks in the stadium.
Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and, new for the season, barbecue platters — Danny Meyer’s barbecue joint satisfies every carnivorous craving you might have in behind section 140 in the Field Level.
Catch of the Day
Go for the lobster rolls and other seafood favorites from this stand behind section 102 in the Field Level, originally inspired by Esca’s Dave Pasternack.
El Verano Taqueria
Another Danny Meyer operation, El Verano serves up excellent tacos and quesadillas, along with frozen drinks behind section 139 in the Field Level.
Nathan’s Hot Dogs
It’s hard to beat a classic hot dog for ballpark eats, and Nathan’s is a New York classic. There are a multitude of different Nathan’s sprinkled across the ballpark.