Citi Field offers the best dining options of all the New York City ballparks. You can get shrimp skewers from Dave Pasternack, meatball sliders from Pat LaFrieda, pizza slices from Two Boots, and, of course, Shackburgers. Plus the stadium just got a grilled cheese stand from chef Josh Capon, and an outpost of Rao's. Here's a guide to what to eat at Citi Field and where to find it.
Of Note at Citi Field
Here are the seven best places to grab food for the game:
Shake Shack – Citi Field has a location of New York city's favorite burger joint, and the food tastes just like it does in Madison Square Park. The menu includes the classic Shackburger as well as the Shack-Cago Dog, cheese fries, frozen custards, and shakes. [Section 139]
Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich – Citi Field rocks two stands serving hefty steak sandwiches from Pat LaFrieda. Plus right next to the stand is Pat LaFrieda's Meatball Heroes, offering, you guessed it, meatball sliders topped with ricotta cheese and marinara sauce. [Sections 139 and 414]
El Verano Taco – A taco stand from Danny Meyer's Union Square Events. Guests can order tacos stuffed with chicken mole pipian, carnitas, chile-marinated skirt steak, or vegetables, plus barbacoa quesadillas, . [Section 139]
Mama's of Corona – Located in the World's Fare Market by Section 105 on the Field Level and in the Promenade Food Court, this stand offers Italian-style sandwiches from the team at Leo's Latticini. The menu includes an Italian special hero, a roasted turkey sandwich with mozzarella, a grilled chicken salad, prosciutto bread, cannoli, and cupcakes. [Section 105 and 415]
Blue 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]
Catch of the Day – At this seafood stand, chef Dave Pasternack of Esca and Barchetta offers grilled shrimp po'boys, fried calamari, crab cake sandwiches, and fried flounder sandwiches. [Section 102]
Pressed by Josh Capon – Brand new for 2015 is this grilled cheese stand from Josh Capon, the chef behind Lure Fishbar, Bowery Meat Company, and others. It offers options like a muffaletta, a three cheese sandwich with onion jam and bacon, and a short rib sandwich with taleggio. All of them come with salt and vinegar potato chips.
Stadium Dining by Location
There are dozens upon dozens of concessions stand scattered across every section of Citi Field. Here are your best bets in any given area:
If you can get in to the Delta Sky 360 Club, the limited access club behind home plate, you'll find Pat LaFrieda's Chop House, a full-service restaurant from star butcher Pat LaFrieda. The menu has a custom burger blend just for Citi Field, LaFrieda's sweet Italian sausage sandwich, and a handful of entrées.
This is where all the big guns are. Danny Meyer has Blue Smoke on the Road and Box Frites, a french fry stand, in Section 140, while Shake Shack and El Verano Taqueria are next door in Section 139. That's also where you'll find Pat LaFrieda's Signature Meatball Sliders, and Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich. The famed butcher also has LaFrieda Burger in sections 112 and 123, which offers the burger basics as well as options like a BBQ bacon burger, a veggie burger, and corndogs. For less meaty options nearby, you'll find Two Boots, the beloved New Orleans-leaning New York pizza chain, serving slices in Section 141.
Over in Section 102 is Dave Pasternack's seafood-centric Catch of the Day, while the Leo's Latticini team offers its Italian heroes, cannoli, and more nearby at Mama's of Corona in Section 105. Also in Section 105, Zachys Wine Bar, an option for when beer just isn't what you want.
Select ticket holders only get access to the two big dining options on this level of the stadium. One is the Acela Club, a fine-dining restaurant with full views of the playing field featuring cuisine from Drew Nieporent. Options here are wide ranging, with everything from deli sandwiches to an omelette bar at lunch, and entrees like rotisserie chicken and dry aged steak at dinner. It's $29 for a meal, or $39 for a "market table" dinner. Over behind home plate is Caesar's Club, which for the first time this year features Rao's Specialty Foods. The offshoot of the famously exclusive red sauce icon offers a pasta bar, as well as dishes like lemon chicken, and a chicken cacciatore hero.
For the less privileged, there's also a Two Boots here in Section 317, two La Frieda Burgers, one in Section 303, the other in 337. Plus find a fully-stocked bar with beer, wine, and liquor overlooking both first and third base (sections 312 and 327).
At the very top of the stadium, you'll find another outpost of Pat LaFrieda's Steak Sandwich in Section 414, and more Italians heroes from Mama's of Corona in section 415. Grab a slice of pizza (vegan, meat-loaded, or in between) at Two Boots in Section 512, or a burger at any of the three LaFrieda Burgers in Sections 406, 423, and 436.
Also widely available throughout the stadium: Nathan's hot dogs, Premio Sausage, Mister Softee, and nachos from a place called Nachos Grande.