I have a backlog of baseball posts to get through, from my West Coast trip to all the visits to Citi Field I’ve made this year. The food has been excellent, per usual, but you know… my team’s out of the running. I’m broke from all this eating, the tickets, the whole being a student full time without a paying job thing… it’s getting to me. And we ARE in a recession (I realize someone in power just announced that the recession is over, but y’know, tell it to those of us looking for a job). So you want to know: you finally scored reasonably priced tickets to a Mets game, you’re excited about going, you don’t care about Shake Shack in Citi Field, you want to feast – perhaps feed yourself and your family – for a reasonable price. And you’re a fairly adventurous eater.
You’ve come to the right place.
All of the above food cost just over $8 and comfortably fed two adults. The soda? Free, when you sign up to be a designated driver at one of the Budweiser stands around the stadium (offhand, I only know where two are: as you enter the stadium through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, go up the stairs and veer left, and just inside the hall is a stand with a really funny, sarcastic, I think she might be Asian girl manning it – she’s always there when I go; the other location is on the left side of home plate on the promenade level, which is where my seats are anyway). It just means you can’t drink, but if you’re trying to save money, you really shouldn’t be drinking anyway.
Two “fish balls on skewers” (four fish balls per) (the least worth it by pure price vs. fullness): $1 each = $2
Huge container of vegetable lo mein: $1.25
Two fried chicken drumsticks: $1 for 2
Taiwanese hamburgers (pork belly, sugared peanuts, cilantro, pickled mustard greens): $2 each = $4
Is that not ridiculous? And it can all be had just one stop away from the stadium! It requires just having enough time before the game to walk around Flushing to pick up the goodies, and an adventurous side – or just patience with dealing with a possible language barrier.
(I actually wanted to pick up dumplings from White Bear but found they were closed on a Thursday. Boo.)
We sat at one of the many picnic tables behind homeplate on the promenade level to enjoy our feast before the game started (we were in our seats for first pitch, something about which I am adamant).
Enjoying my Taiwanese burger later in the evening, as I was pretty full already just eating the other food.
Oh and for those who are curious: Citi Field allows you to bring in outside food and one factory-sealed PLASTIC bottle of soda or water per person. (Sometimes they’re picky about it being still sealed, sometimes they’re not.) Do not try to bring in your Sigg bottle, they will confiscate it. Do not try to bring in glass… they will think you’re insane. But they raised no eyebrows at my giant bag of food. Love my ballpark for this – of all the ballparks I’ve read up on the rules, the only one I’ve heard is really a pain in the butt is Minute Maid Park (sorry Dawn!). Minute Maid Park doesn’t even let you bring in water.
Lo mein, fish balls on skewers (curry and plain), fried chicken all procured from the windows next to the stairs that lead to the Flushing LIRR station. The language barrier shouldn’t be an issue; just point and say how many. There are signs in English all over telling you what they have.
Taiwanese hamburgers from Gu Shine located at 135-38 39th Ave. There are a few shelves along the wall when you walk in, to your right, just grab a box but make sure it’s the pork belly one and not the vegetarian one (I asked to clarify – I just said “is there meat in this?” and she said “yes” so I bought it).
Happy nomming! What are your ideas to save money while still enjoying a favorite pasttime? 🙂