New York City continues to flourish as one of the food capitals of the world, and its culinary clout extends to the premium selections offered at its ballparks.
The Mets (aka “The Amazin’s") play their home games at Queens’ Citi Field. The stadium has rolled out a plethora of new cuisine options for fans for the 2018 season, teaming up with local restaurant powerhouses and their chefs to curate menus exclusively offered within the confines of the ballpark. (If picnicking is more your style, don’t forget that you can also bring your own food into the stadium.)
Sweet Chick NYC
Fans can now enjoy a variety of waffle-based food items from NYC-born-and-bred purveyors. Sweet Chick NYC, the brand started by Queens' own hip-hop legend, Nas, has opened its first ballpark outpost, expanding beyond its brick-and-mortar locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Los Angeles. The Citi Field spot, called Lil' Sweet Chick, offers the brand's signature Lil' Chicken & Waffles combo dish served with maple syrup, as well its locally famous OG Chicken Sandwich, served with heirloom tomato and herb mayonnaise, and its Nashville Hot spicy-blend chicken sandwich, served with bread-and-butter pickles. For Sweet Chick products, head to the Jim Beam Highball Club, located behind home plate on the Promenade Level.
Stroll down to the field level outside Section 123 for an alternative, sweet waffle experience that deviates away from Southern cooking. The team from Wowfulls on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is offering its Hong Kong-style egg waffles, rolled into a cone, stuffed with strawberry-cheesecake or French-toast ice cream and topped with a Meiji Seika strawberry Yan Yan. For another sweet treat, Chomp Donut Co. brings more dough-based desserts to the stadium's lineup, slinging warm mini-doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar or dipped in salted caramel, chocolate or raspberry.
Baked Cheese Haus
New York City's mozzarella-stick catering gurus Big Mozz joined the Citi Field lineup in 2017. And this year, the stadium is serving even more gourmet cheese, welcoming Wisconsin-based specialty and artisanal cheese company Baked Cheese Haus to the Jim Beam Highball Club. The stand offers a foot-long Alpine Brat hot dog topped with melted raclette and served inside a toasted baguette.
Returning fan favorites at the Mets' home ballpark include Nicoletta from esteemed NYC chef Michael White; Bash Burger; Fuku, from Food Network star, NYC chef and owner of the Momofuku empire David Chang; dessert-empire mogul Christina Tosi's Milk Bar; Leo's Latticini's Mama's of Corona hot subs; Arancini Bros. rice balls; Shake Shack and Blue Smoke from restaurant kingpin Danny Meyer; chef Dave Pasternack's Catch of the Day stand; a Pat LaFrieda burger outpost; and various other stands from the Union Square Hospitality and Myriad Restaurant groups.
Citi Field Club Exclusives
For fans who opt for tickets with club-level access, exclusive options include: onion rolls stuffed with Barolo-braised short rib and roasted-red-pepper ragu at the First Data Club; an array of specialty pizzas from chef Michael White at the Delta Sky360° Club; and a prix fixe sit-down dinner starting at $43 per guest at Porsche Grille, located in the left field corner of the Excelsior Level, featuring a menu curated by NYC restaurateur and James Beard Award winner Drew Nieporent.