3. Citi Field
New York Mets
Having Danny Meyer involved in your food makes any ballpark a serious contender for the crown. But, while Nats Park got a boost from its one Shake Shack, Meyer has given Citi Field a Blue Smoke for pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, a Belgian frites spot with a slew of dipping sauces, and a Shake Shack. If burgers and BBQ aren’t your thing, NYC meat-god Pat LaFrieda has a meatball sandwich stand, a steak sandwich spot, and, well, more burgers for you. (Also, if you’ve made it into the Delta Club, go to the Chop House and get the 16 oz. dry aged NY Strip.) There’s also Catch of the Day from Midtown Esca crew, new sandwich shop Pressed from Josh Capon, the chef behind Bowery Meat Co., and a Rao’s for red sauce-classics.
Citi Field’s real kicker, though, is its beer. The AB regulars are obviously available, but a look at the full beer menu in the stadium is a testament to the city’s booming craft movement: Bronx, Rockaway, Coney Island, Greenpoint, Queens, and, of course, Brooklyn. So, a SmokeShack and a Brooklyn beer without the Madison Square Park line? A lobster roll outside on a warm day? Citi Field is basically fulfilling the dreams that help New Yorkers survive winter.