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What to Eat at Citi Field, Home of the New York Mets

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2012_4_stadiumlogo.jpgThere's no reason to settle on a mediocre hot dog or $8 Bud Light at Citi Field — there are plenty of great options out there, if you know where to look. Try shrimp skewers from Esca's Dave Pasternack, Shack Burgers from Danny Meyer's now ubiquitous burger chain, pizza from mini-chain Two Boots, filet mignon sandwiches and more from star butcher Pat LaFrieda, sushi, Italian subs, smoked bologna sandwiches, and oh so much more.

Now, in honor of the first day of the 2013 baseball season, here's a guide to what to eat at Citi Field and where to find it.

Citi Field's Six Standouts

2009_05_citifield.jpgShake Shack: Citi Field has one of Meyer's growing number of ballfield Shake Shacks. Here they're serving the classic ShackBurger as well as the Shack-Cago Dog, cheese fries, frozen custards, and shakes. [Section 139]

2013_3_PatLaFrieda.jpgPat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich: Pat LaFrieda launched his filet mignon sandwich stand in the middle of last season and has added a second location, along with a larger-scale restaurant in the exclusive Delta Sky 360 Club, to cut down on wait times. [Sections 139 and 414]

2012_3_elverano.jpgEl Verano Taco: Launched by Danny Meyer chef Floyd Cardoz, El Verano sells chicken mole Pipian, carnitas, vegetarian tacos, chile-marinated skirt steak, Barbacoa quesadillas, and more. [Section 139]

2012_3_mamasciti.jpgMama's of Corona: Located in the World's Fare Market by Section 105 on the Field Level and in the Promenade Food Court, Mama's of Corona offers a few classic Italian subs from the original Queens sandwich mainstay, formally known of Leo Latticini. An excellent choice for sandwich lovers. [Section 105 and 415]

2012_3_bluesmoke.jpgBlue Smoke: A satellite of Danny Meyer's famed Manhattan barbecue joint serving Kansas City spare ribs, a smoked bologna sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, beer and desserts. [Sections 140]

2012_3_catchoftheday.jpgCatch of the Day: Chef Dave Pasternack's Catch of the Day offers grilled shrimp po'boys, Long Island corn and clam chowder, and fried flounder sandwiches. A must for seafood-lovers and Esca fans. [Section 102]

* indicates special Eater recommendations

Sterling Plaza Level

Pat LaFrieda's Chop House at Delta Sky 360 Club: The limited access club behind home plate has a full-service restaurant from star butcher Pat LaFrieda, with a custom burger blend just for Citi Field, LaFrieda's sweet Italian sausage sandwich, and a handful of entrées.
Delta Sky 360 Bar, Coffee Bar, Marketplace: The bar in the Delta club features a shortened version of the Chop House menu.

Field Level

Champions Club: The all-inclusive club features Chef's Table Experience, full bars, in-seat service and high-definition flat screen televisions
*Blue Smoke, Section 140: A satellite of Danny Meyer's famed Manhattan barbecue joint serving Kansas City spare ribs, a smoked bologna sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, beer and desserts.
*Shake Shack, Section 139: Citi Field has one of Meyer's growing number of ballfield Shake Shacks. Here they're serving the classic ShackBurger as well as the Shack-Cago Dog, cheese fries, frozen custards, and shakes.
*Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich, Section 139: Black angus filet mignon sandwiches from Mr. Pat LaFrieda himself.
*Box Frites, Section 140: French fry concession selling fries with a variety of dipping sauces alongside fried pies, and a Buffalo dog.
*El Verano Taqueria, Section 139: Launched by Danny Meyer chef Floyd Cardoz, El Verano sells chicken mole Pipian, carnitas, vegetarian tacos, chile-marinated skirt steak, Barbacoa quesadillas, and more.
*Catch of the Day, Section 102: Dave Pasternack's Catch of the Day offers grilled shrimp po'boys, Long Island corn and clam chowder, lobster rolls, and flash fried beer battered shrimp skewers.
* Two Boots, Section 141: Mini pizza chain Two Boots is offering a slew of their famous pies to Mets lovers. They'll be serving their classics pies and special stadium only pie called "Meat the Mets."
Daruma of Tokyo, Section 105: Located in the World's Fare Market, they offer edamame, sushi, Asian salads.
Candy Cart, Section 105: Candy and such.
*Mama's of Corona, Section 105: Italian subs, Mets-themed cannolis, and other desserts.
Gluten Free Stand, Section 105: Located in the World's Fare Market, this is the choice for those who want their puddings, hot dogs, burgers, beer and more gluten free.
*Little Astoria, Section 105: In the World's Fare Market, this stand has wings, Bulguli rice bowls, and bibinbap salads, along with candies (both nostalgic and not), and other assorted snacks.
Zachys Wine Bar, Section 105: If beer doesn't quite sound right, here's wine.
Fried Dough, Section 105 and 132: They sell....fried dough
Brooklyn Burger, Sections 112 and 123: Selling burgers (like Keith Hernandez's Mex Burger), veggie burgers, pastrami on rye, chicken tenders, french fries, and nachos made with pastrami and Thousand Island dresses (called Pastrachos).
Hot Pastrami on Rye, Section 135: This stand has the eponymous sandwich option.
Ittibitz, Sections 104 and 118: Large-grain ice cream a la Dippin' Dots.
Keith's Grill, Section 132: For the backyard-grilling experience.
Kosher Grill, Sections 114 and 130: Kosher versions of traditional ballpark items like burgers, hot dogs, peanuts, and pretzels.
Dunkin' Donuts, Section 125: Coffee, iced coffee, hot chocolate.

Excelsior Level

Acela Club: A limited-access fine-dining restaurant with full views of the playing field featuring cuisine from Drew Nieporent.
Caesars Club: Featuring a large bar and high-end concessions, and providing views of New York City.
*Two Boots, Section 317: New this season, mini pizza chain Two Boots is offering a slew of their famous pies to Mets lovers. They'll be serving their classics pies and special stadium only pie called "Meat the Mets."
Excelsior 1st Base Bar: Full service bar with liquor, wine, and beer
Excelsior 3rd Base Bar: Full service bar featuring liquor, wine, and beer
Brooklyn Burger, Sections 303 and 337: Selling burgers (like Keith Hernandez's Mex Burger), veggie burgers, pastrami on rye, chicken tenders, french fries, and nachos made with pastrami and Thousand Island dresses (called Pastrachos).

Promenade Level

Promenade Club An intimate club offering casual fare like home run wings, hot and sweet sausage topped with has browns and eggs, and corned beef sandwiches.
*Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich, Section 414: Black angus filet mignon sandwiches from Mr. Pat LaFrieda himself.
*Mama's of Corona, Section 415: Located in the Promenade Food Court behind home plate, they serve big Italian hero sandwiches, antipasto, and desserts
*Two Boots, Section 512: New this season, mini pizza chain Two Boots is offering a slew of their famous pies to Mets lovers. They'll be serving their classics pies and special stadium only pie called "Meat the Mets."
Brooklyn Burger, Sections 406, 423, and 436: Selling burgers (like Keith Hernandez's Mex Burger), veggie burgers, pastrami on rye, chicken tenders, french fries, and nachos made with pastrami and Thousand Island dresses (called Pastrachos).
All You Can Eat, Section 402: A grab-bag of ballpark eats.
Fried Dough, Section 411: They sell....fried dough
Ittibitz, Section 424: Large-grain ice cream a la Dippin' Dots.
Kosher Grill, Section 528: Kosher versions of traditional ballpark items like burgers, hot dogs, peanuts, and pretzels.

Also widely available throughout the stadium: Nathan's hotdogs, Sausage Premio, Carvel Ice Cream, Subway sandwiches, beer, and nachos from a place called Nachos Grande. Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches are available in the VIP clubs.

And new for 2013, look for Eater's tips on Foursquare at Citi Field and other New York City stadiums and arenas.

Citi Field

123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (718) 507-8499 Visit Website

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