What to Eat at Citi Field – New York Mets Game

I’m a guy that’s picky when it comes to my chop shops. I don’t like to drop off my imaginary cars at just any old store. I’m also a baseball fan. I love traveling around this great country discovering new MLB stadiums. I’ve knocked off 13 out of 30 of them so far (+ old Olympic Stadium in Montreal).

These are all reasons why I love Citi Field and New York Mets baseball.

At Citi Field, I can drive my car on over to Queens, drop her off at a number of different locations around the ballpark, catch a ball game, then head on back. It’s this type of service and selection you simply can’t find anywhere else in the country.

Despite the area around Citi Field resembling something out of Grease Lightning, the actual ballpark is a work of art. Modeled after the old Ebbets Field, where the Brooklyn Dodgers once played, it features a rotunda at its front entrance named after Jackie Robinson. When you head up the escalator, you feel like you’re approaching a cathedral as you pass a few of Robinson’s inspirational quotes. Another cool quirk in the park is Shea Bridge which links two outfield sections and is an homage to New York’s 2 million bridges, or something.

I listened to a great podcast the other day by 99% Invisible where they covered MLB teams’ recent infatuation with nostalgia-inspired architecture in their stadium planning. Everyone wants to build a new stadium that looks like an old stadium (or one that pays homage to the past). Citi Field certainly fits that bill, but in a good way. In the podcast, they argue that because of this, every MLB stadium is starting to look the same, and that’s probably true.

Maybe one day, someone will come along and create something a little more unique and futuristic. Hey, and maybe they will actually pay for it out of their own pockets (HAHAHA – yeah, right).

To the food!

Have to Have it

Momofuku’s Chicken Sandwich – Section 102 – $12.50: Expensive? Yes. Delicious? Yes yes. A lot of Yelpers are disappointed in this version of David Chang’s famous New York staple, but I have to say – this is one of two foods I really look forward to having at a New York sports stadium (the other being Cafe Habana’s Cuban sandwich at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn). It’s simple, seasoned perfectly and the pickles provided are amazing. Come on, the Mets are terrible and tickets are $6. Splurge a little for good food.

Try It

Risotto Balls from Arancini Bros – Section 104: Another local staple – Brooklyn’s Arancini Bros. This has six different balls (insert joke here), some sweet, some savory. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy these again but they weren’t bad. They’re worth a try if you’re into that sort of thing.

Pass It

Fries: I don’t know what it is, but for the life of me I can’t find good fries at a New York sports stadium. These were as cold and ruined as the Mets depth chart this season. Get it together, NYC.

Beer Price per Ounce Meter

Coors Lite (Can): 25 ounces for $12.50 $0.50 per ounce

Montauk Watermelon Session (Souvenir Draft): 20 ounces for $12.50. $0.63 per ounce.

Before the Game

McFadden’s (connected to the stadium)

Blue Point Toasted Lager (draft): 16 ounces for $9. $0.56 per ounce.

Bud/Bud Light (can): 16 ounces for $8. $0.50 per ounce.

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.