Citi Field Food Selection Gets Even Better For Mets' 2017 Season

Porsche, Jim Beam, mozzarella sticks and cookie dough are all jumping on the Mets bandwagon. The Major League Baseball season opens next week, and when the New York Mets take the field against the Atlanta Braves Monday afternoon, the fans at Citi Field will have even more dining options than last year, when the organization rolled out arguably the best food selection in the game.

Michael White (with Nicoletta), DŌ cookie dough, Bao Haus and Big Mozz are among the new purveyors, joining an existing lineup that includes Pat LaFrieda, Shake Shack, David Chang (Fuku) and Josh Capon — who is debuting his award-winning Bash Burger. So yeah, there will be two of the most respected burgers on the planet available in the same baseball stadium (and Capon's Bash Burger, a six-ounce LaFrieda patty topped with caramelized onion and bacon jam, American cheese, shaved pickles and secret sauce, is a killer). Also on deck are several first-rate pizza offerings, a far cry from the old days of soggy Ellio's slices being pedaled in the stands at Shea.

At a recent media event to unveil the new items and to showcase all the food and beverage at Citi Field this season, held at the Porsche Grille over the left field bleachers, the Mets also announced that the luxury carmaker as well as Jim Beam — with its Jim Beam Bourbon Bar in the center field concourse — have joined as sponsors, and the line-spawning Manhattan sensation DŌ will bring its cookie-dough concoctions to Queens. Your dutiful correspondent walked the event and tried as many items as possible, with standouts that included:

The Big Mozz sticks from Big Mozz, now available at Citi Field.

  • Big Mozz Sticks: Hand-breaded giant mozzarella sticks with fresh garlic, parsley and Pecorino Romano cheese and a marinara sauce
  • Chicken Parmesan from Nicoletta: chicken, tomato, basil and stracciatella cheese on a sesame roll
  • DŌ signature chocolate chip edible cookie dough
  • Bao Haus's pork belly bao
  • Daruma of Tokyo sushi
  • Papa Rosso's pepperoni pizza
  • Citi Field's beer selection offers lots of Bud and Bud Light (more sponsors) but also a craft beer lineup that highlights many New York City–area breweries, as well as respected national names like Elysian, Bell's, New Belgian, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Souther Tier, Stone and Victory.

    The Mets' high-profile young pitching staff, returning slugger Yoenis Cespedes and a healthy core lineup have fans excited about the team's prospects this year, when the Mets go for their third straight playoff appearance. The team's culinary curators are putting together quite a winning streak of their own.

    Here's a list of many of the food vendors in Citi Field and where to find them, along with select menu items:

    Nicoletta (located in Taste of the City beyond the centerfield scoreboard on the field-,evel concourse)

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Chicken, Tomato, Basil, Stracciatella Cheese on a Sesame Roll
  • Stromboli Roll-Ups
  • Mozzarella and Pepperoni Sticks
  • Soft Serve "Gelato"
  • Josh Capon's Bash Burger (located on the field-level concourse behind Section 135)

  • Bash Burger: 6 oz. Pat LaFrieda patty, onion and bacon jam, pickles, American cheese, special sauce
  • Double Barrel: Two 4 oz. Pat LaFrieda patties, American cheese, fried onions, pickles, secret sauce
  • Classic: 6 oz. Pat LaFrieda patty, lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese, special sauce
  • Catch of the Day iInspired by chef Dave Pasternack, located adjacent to section 102 on the field-Level concourse)

  • Loaded Bayside Fries: cracker crumb dredged Cherrystone clam strips with Bayside fries & clam chowder fondue
  • South Bay Lobster Tacos: Maine Lobster, sharp jack, white corn tortilla, tomatillo-avocado salsa, citrus slaw, queso fresco, jalapeño
  • Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors

  • Pat LaFrieda's Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich (available at various locations, including on the field-level concourse adjacent to section 139, in Pat LaFrieda's Chop House located in the DeltaSky360 Club on the Sterling Level and in the Promenade Level Food Court behind home plate): Pat LaFrieda's Reserve, 100% black angus hand cut beef, Vermont Monterey Jack Cheese, Sautéed Sweet Vidalia Onions and Beef Au Jus on a locally baked and toasted French Baguette
  • Myriad Restaurant Group/Porsche Grille (located in the left field corner of the Excelsior Level)

  • Tribeca Grill Short Rib Sandwich
  • Fuku (located adjacent to section 102 on the field level concourse)

  • Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich: Habanero-brined thigh, pickles, FUKU butter, served with saam sauce
  • FUKU Fries
  • Milk Bar (located adjacent to section 102 on field-level concourse, on the Delta In-Seat Menu and in suites)

  • Compost® Cookie
  • Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookie
  • Rao's Specialty Foods, Inc. (located in the Foxwoods Club, on the Excelsior Level behind home plate)

  • Steak Pizzaiola Hero: Slow-roasted beef short rib with Rao's Homemade Italian Pepper, Mushroom & Onion Cooking Sauce and mozzarella cheese on fresh baked Italian bread
  • Mama's of Corona (located inside the World's Fare Market on the Field Level concourse and in the Promenade Level Food Court behind home plate)

  • Mama's Italian Special Hero
  • Union Square Hospitality Group's five concepts (located in Taste of the City beyond the centerfield scoreboard on the Field Level concourse)

    Papa Rosso pizza:

  • Margherita
  • Pepperoni
  • Shake Shack:

  • ShackBurger: Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce
  • 'Shroom Burger: Crisp-fried Portobello mushroom filled with melted Muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce
  •  El Verano Taqueria:

  • Green Mole Chicken Tacos: Tomatillo, Lime and Cilantro served with roasted tomato salsa, radish, cilantro & lime
  • Blue Smoke – On the Road:

  • Mac N' Cheese: Choice of Brisket or Pulled Pork topped with pickled jalapeños and brown butter breadcrumbs
  • Box Frites:

  • Bacon & Cheese Frites: Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese sauce & scallions
  • Daruma of Tokyo (located inside of the World's Fare Market on the field-level concourse)

  •  Fresh Sushi: Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll, Veggie Rool
  • Edamame
  • Hain Celestial Gluten Free & Organic Stand (located inside of the World's Fare Market on the field-level concourse)

  • Plainville Farms Turkey Burger on a gluten free bun
  • Yves Good Veggie Burgers & Yves Good Veggie Dogs
  • Two Boots (available at various locations around the ballpark including in the Foxwoods Club and in the Promenade Level Food Court behind home plate)

  • V for Vegan Slice: Artichokes, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, pesto, & Daiya non-dairy cheese
  • The Queen of Queens: White pie, creole chicken, broccoli, fresh garlic, cherry tomatoes & fresh basil
  • Arancini Bros.(located near section 102 on the field-level concourse and in the Promenade Club)

  • Signature Flavored Risotto Balls: Ragu, Bianco Verde, Nutella
  • To look up individual concessions, visit the Citi Field section of the Mets' website.