What To Eat at Yankee Stadium – NYCFC Edition

When I arrived in New York last year, I felt like one of those highly touted high school football recruits sitting in a gym, looking at hats deciding between three choices. Only I have no talent. And the choice was between which local soccer team to follow. And no one in the world gave two shits. My choices:

New York Red Bulls:

Pros – first New York MLS team (as the MetroStars), soccer only stadium, working class following.

Cons – New Jersey.

NYCFC

Pros – newer team means I had a chance to get in on the ground with a new following, strong fan club, not in New Jersey.

Cons – linked to Manchester City (gross), plays games in a MLB stadium (yuck), no express trains to The Bronx on weekends (peeeee ew).

New York Cosmos

Pros– as a rebirth team, the club has a fun history (Pele once played for them), best logo, recently moved to Brooklyn

Cons– good chance they might not be around next year, good chance their soccer league might not be around next year, lower league team and performance.

As with most things in life, it came down to location, location, location. Yes, it’s a trek but getting to The Bronx every weekend is a one shot train ride and still faster than getting to New Jersey (on sometimes three separate trains). Plus, The Bronx is awesome. There are plenty of great local food joints and bars around the area for pre and post game. The area around Reds Bulls Arena is sort of like the area around the Thunder Dome in Mad Max. The Cosmos play in Coney Island, which is fun during the summer, but not many other seasons, and I have the Brooklyn Cyclones to fill that void in my life.

So I’m an official NYCFC season ticket holder. I get to watch David Villa defy age and Adre Pirlo defy what it means to try to defend someone on a soccer field.

To the food!

Have to Have It

Meat & Mozzarella Sandwich from The Mozzarella Joint – Section 237 – THIS was good. Super fresh mozz and delicious sauce. Mwah! The bread could have been a little better but this is the best thing we’ve had at Yankee Stadium thus far. The mozz guy said I could take a photo of him if I promised to tag him on Instagram. I’m a man of my word. If a word lasts for three months before getting around to it. How long do words last? Forever. FOR-EV-ER. Here you go, Mozz Guy. Be honored by my one follower on the gram!

Try It

Jersey Mike’s Cheese steak Sandwich: $11ish – Section 107 – OK, so it’s a chain and you can find a J-Mikes almost anywhere – at least on the east coast. But it’s a pretty damn good option that won’t let you down. Good proportion of meat, cheese, and peppers. I don’t ask for much.

Churro $5.50 – Section 236 – when someone offers you a churro, you get a churro. They have some Oreo version of a churro which just seems blasphemous.

Beer Price per Ounce Meter

Budweiser or Bud Light (Can): 25 ounces for $14.00. $0.56 per ounce.

Beck’s (Can): 25 ounces for $15.00. $0.60 per ounce.

Blue Point Lager (Draft): 20 ounces for $13.50. $0.68 per ounce.

I’m still navigating the beer selection, or lack thereof, at Yankee Stadium. I feel like Christopher Columbus trying to discover new land because there ain’t much around.

What To Eat at Madison Square Garden – New York Knicks Edition

I finally arrived at the Mecca. After living in New York for a full year, I had yet to venture to basketball’s holiest grounds. “Whoa”, I thought. “A good team played here once long ago”. A distant memory. I could feel the history. I also felt the pain of waiting in a 20-minute security line before finally scanning my ticket.

But hey, you can’t beat a stadium in the heart of Manhattan. Is there a better location for pregame/postgame festivities in the world? The stadium’s architecture is interesting. Very 70’s. It has a sort of bizarre catwalk traversing over the nose bleeds where we were sitting, but surprisingly it was still a decent view way back in the corner.

We were on CELEBRITY WATCH the entire game. It ended up being the sort of CELEBRITY WATCH you would expect for a Thursday night game and a 30 win team. Jason Long was the highlight. It’s been a rough year.

To the food!

Try It

The Burger

A damn good cheeseburger, MSG. Well done. Literally, it was well done, but still worth it. Give it a shot.

Pass It

Fries

Like an Eagles fan seeing James Dolan’s blues band as an opening act, I was forced to try something I didn’t want to try. The lady at the concession stand thought we ordered fries with our burger. We did not. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to turn down some hot greasy potato skins. I should have turned down some hot greasy potato skins. They were lukewarm and flavorless. I don’t even like salt on my fries and I wanted salt on my fries.

Beer Selection

Blue Point Brewery has made some solid local stadium deals which I’m OK with. I had their Toasted Lager which beats the usual Bud/Miller/Coors choices. I don’t remember how much it was. Probably about as much as a 5-year Carmelo Anthony contract extension.