(Neil Miller / Sportsday Wire)
Citi Field is entering its eighth year and it can already claim to have the best food in Major League Baseball.
Some new features this season include Papa Rosso, a new pizza counter from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Fuki from Chef David Cheng, and Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar.
There are also new selections from Citi Field stalwarts like Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, El Verano Taqueria, Box Frites, Pressed by Chef Josh Capon, Pat LaFrieda, Chef Dave Pasternack’s Catch of the Day, Tribeca Grill’s Drew Nieporent, Rao’s Specialty Foods, Two Boots Pizza.
Papa Rosso’s signature pizzas feature freshly-made dough that delivers a blistery crust topped with high-quality ingredients sourced regularly. They have three signature handcrafted pizzas that honor the traditional Neapolitan style with a touch of New York flair, including a Margerita pizza with crushed tomatoes, Mozzarella from Murray’s Cheese, NYC-grown Gotham Greens Basil, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Pepperoni, which has crushed tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and NYC-grown Gotham Greens Basil; and Mushroom & Cheese, with fontina, ricotta, and pecorino cheeses with Hen-of-the-Wood and Cremini Mushrooms. They will also offer a rotating selection of seasonal Italian ices, along with Brooklyn Brewery’s new American Ale and white and red wine.
The Milk Bar will feature a compost cookie, packed with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch and chocolate chips; a cornflake-chocolate-chip-marshmallow cookie, a play on the classic chocolate chip cookie with crunchy cornflakes, gooey marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips; and a chocolate chocolate cookie, featuring chocolate cookie dough, chocolate crumbs, and a hint of salt, a cookie that’s dense and fudgy like a brownie and very chocolate-y.
Blue Smoke On The Road, whose favorites include an Applewood Smoked Pulled-Pork Sandwich, a Grilled Barbecue Chicken Sandwich, a Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, and a Grilled Beef Bratwurst, is now offering Mac ‘n Cheese, topped with Brisket or Pulled Pork and Brown Butter Breadcrumbs.
Box Frites is a Belgia-style frites stand with a menu of delicious and fun game-day indulgences, located at Taste of the City on the Field Level in the outfield and is accessible to all ticket-holders. This season, they will be offering Crispy Chicken Poppers with choice of sauce, along with returning items Box Frites, Garlic Frites, Bacon Cheese Frites, Frites Dog, BLT Dog, and a Bacon Cheddar Dog.
Shake Shack, a favorite in the ballpark, will be offering a new item this season, the Smoke Shack, a cheeseburger with all-natural smoked Niman Ranch bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce. They will also be serving the ShackBurger, a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce; a ‘Shroom Burger, a crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce; and a Shack Stack, a cheeseburger and a ‘Shroom burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce.
Mama’s of Corona, in the shadow of Citi Field, will be back with offerings including their Mama’s Italian Special Hero, with pepper ham, salami, homemade mozzarella, mushrooms, and peppers on the side.
Pat LaFrieda has become a mainstay at Citi Field, with such offerings as the Pat LaFrieda’s Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich, which has Pat LaFrieda’s reserve, 100% black angus hand cut beef, Vermont monterey jack cheese, sauteed sweet vidalia onions and beef au jus on a locally baked and toasted French baguette; and their steak frites, with Pat LaFrieda’s reserve, 100% black angus hand cut beef, fresh fried Idaho waffle fries, sauteed sweet vidalia onions, smothered in a Vermont monterey cheese sauce.
El Verano Taqueria is a modern day taco stand that brings authentic Mexican food and flvors to the ballpark. They feature nachos, tacos, salad, with black bean tomato sasa, heirloom cherry tomatoes, cotija cheese, and tomatillo lime vinaigrette; elote, which is grilled corn on the cob with cotija cheese, lime, mayo, and chili dust; and chips with salsa or queso blanco, topped with Green Mole Chicken, Pork Carnitas, Vegetable Pozole, and B3eef Barbacoa.