Baseball season is upon us, which means it’s time again to secure a bleacher seat and cheer on one of our home teams. And/or drink a lot of beer and feast, for dining at the ballpark has never been better. From fancy steak dinners to healthy eats, here’s our list of the ten best dishes currently available at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
10. Nathan’s Hot Dog (multiple locations, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field)
While ballparks are full of fancy new treats, the classic Nathan’s hot dog is always a welcome bite between innings, especially since it leaves one hand open to grab a foul ball. Grab one and slather it with mustard — you have just completed ballpark dining 101.
9. Grilled Cheese at Pressed by Josh Capon (Section 125, Citi Field)
A new addition to the lineup this year is this stand from Burger and Barrel’s Josh Capon. Go for the black angus short rib grilled cheese sandwich served on brioche toast. Because everyone is a winner when brioche is involved.
8. Shackburger at Shake Shack (Section 139, Citi Field)
A New York classic. Opt for a Shack Burger and try to avoid getting a sauce stain on your David Wright jersey.
7. Ice cream out of a souvenir cup (multiple locations, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field)
There’s no better way to rally your team spirit than by eating soft-serve ice cream out of a small helmet. Yes, it will probably melt all over you, but it’s one of the few economical options on offer at either park. Plus, you get a memento at the same time.
6. Steak from NYY Steak (Gate 6, Section 221-B, Yankee Stadium)
Fans of living and dining large have their pick at this stadium steakhouse, where any one of the prime steak options is befitting of the most decorated baseball team of all time. Grab a meal fit for the Great Bambino.
5. Cannoli at Mama’s of Corona (sections 105 and 415, Citi Field)
Cannoli make a great mood-booster should your favorite team be down a few runs, particularly if you’re accustomed to biting on your nails during extra innings. These sweets from the owners of Leo’s Latticini will save you a trip to nearby Corona — though heading out to the Lemon Ice King after a day game isn’t a bad idea if you came in a car.
4. Green Mole Chicken Salad at El Verano Taqueria (Section 139, Citi Field)
Fans of lighter fare no longer have to bring their own lunch through the security gate, as tasty salads are in ample supply. Opt for El Verano’s version; the mix of cilantro, black beans, and cotija cheese make this a hearty, flavorful dish that won’t have you sweating the thought of the seventh-inning stretch.
3. Pat LaFrieda’s Steak Frites (multiple locations, Citi Field)
Waffle fries are delicious in their own right, but when topped with black angus beef and Vermont monterey jack cheese, they go to another level. New to Citi Field this year, this dish makes a massive meal. The best part: Crispy potatoes topped with juicy steak ensure your throat isn’t too dry to scream at the umpire.
2. Chicken Parm Sandwich at Parm (Section 104, Yankee Stadium)
Mario Carbone and the Torrisi Brothers may not offer every Parm sandwich at their Yankee Stadium outpost, but they serve one of the most important: the chicken parm. The breaded chicken is coated in fresh mozz and tomato sauce.
1. Beef Bratwurst at Blue Smoke on the Road (Section 140, Citi Field)
Deciding between sausage and hot pretzel is no longer an issue with Blue Smoke’s Southern twist on a stadium classic. This one comes served with warm, gooey pimento cheese, sweet barbecue sauce, and grilled onions. The soft and salty pretzel roll helps sop up the spicy cheese while giving your hand a steady vessel to hold that sausage.