How To Eat Like A King At Citi Field

By Mark G. McLaughlin

The days of going to a ballpark and settling for a dirty water hog dog, warm beer and stale peanuts are long gone. Fans going to games and events at stadiums like Citi Field now have more choices than shoppers have at mall food courts. Any fan looking to eat like a king (or queen) at Citi Field has plenty of options at his or her disposal. Here are just five of the best foods to be found at the stadium.

Miracle Mets CheeseburgerPorsche GrilleExcelsior Level

A table at famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent's Porsche Gille is not easy to come by — and with good reason. It has some of the best seats in the house for viewing the game, and the food is marvelous. Reservations are strongly suggested – but walk-ins might get lucky on a slow game day. Prix Fix sit-down meals from $43 and up per person offer diners a choice of appetizer, entree, vegetable side, and dessert. There are many wonderful main courses (like the Berkshire Chop), but there is just something about eating a “Miracle Mets Cheeseburger” while watching the Mets that just makes a good burger all the better. The cheese and ale sauce and the bacon-onion jam, of course, go a long way to making this a burger fit for a king.

Filet Mignon Steak SandwichPat LaFrieda’sAt sections 139 and 415

For those who want to dine like a king but don't have a royal treasurer to pay for it, Pat LaFrieda’s filet mignon steak sandwich is the next best thing. This is no mere shaved steak or cheap beef in a bun. Pat LaFrieda’s uses real, high-quality Black Angus filet mignon in this delight. This famed restaurateur and meat supplier has nearly a dozen eateries all over the stadium, from burgers and fries stops to a chop house in the exclusive Delta Sky360 Club. The filet mignon steak sandwich does cost more than a traditional Italian or Philly cheesesteak, many variations of which can be found in the stadium eateries, but it is served on a fresh baguette with Monterrey Jack cheese and gravy – and it is worth every penny.

Risotto BallsArancini BrosAt section 104 and in the Promenade Club

The Arancini Bros serve risotto like no one else – in deep-fried balls. They come in more than 30 varieties including meat, cheese, seafood and vegetarian options. There is even a Thanksgiving style kind that includes turkey and cranberry stuffing. Risotto balls are traditional “Sicilian street food” as Arancini Bros proudly proclaims, and each is about the size of a baseball. So if you are not lucky enough to catch a foul ball, at least you can get one (or two, or three) of these tasty treats.

Hong Kong Egg Waffles with Ice CreamWowfullsSection 123

There are places in Citi Field to get waffles, chicken and waffles, and ice cream, but Wowfulls offers a unique kind of waffle, made Hong Kong style and topped with ice cream. The waffles themselves come in chocolate, coconut, traditional and other flavors, and are crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. They are served in a cup with your choice of ice cream and other toppings. Try the strawberry cheesecake or French toast varieties for a truly royal treat.

Stromboli Roll UpsNicolettaIn the Field Level Concourse

Nicoletta Pizzeria in New York City is well-known and highly praised for being a true New York style pizzeria, and it has brought its magic to Citi Field. One of its most special offerings, however, is not “a slice” but a “roll-up,” and a Stromboli Roll-Up at that. The Calabrese variety of delight is packed with sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, and red onion. The Classica has mozzarella, basil, and tomato filling.