Since my oldest son is a huge Mets’ fan, our family celebrated his high school graduation at Citi Field. It was an exciting Mets vs. Yankees game (unfortunately, the Mets lost) and we had a lovely pre-game dinner at the Acela Club. As the only vegan of the bunch, I was able to find many vegan options at the buffet including salads, beans and raw veggies. After dinner, on our way to our seats to watch the game, my kids spotted the following sign…
Wow!!! How could I not have previously noticed that Citi Field sold meatless burgers and hot dogs? I had been to Citi Field several times before, but I guess I just assumed that they only sold the traditional burgers and dogs. I never even bothered to look at the concession signs. I was impressed that meatless options were being served at a ballpark…the times, they are a changin’!!! I did not give Citi Field’s foods another thought until a few days ago when my son asked if we could go back to the park to see the Mets play the Phillies on July 4. When we were able to score a few tickets on Stub Hub, I vowed to take notice of the available vegan food options on our return to the park.
My first stop was at the concession stand at the field level. The sign clearly stated that they sold Yves Harvest Veggie Burgers and Spicy Veggie Hot Dogs. I still can’t believe I never noticed it! I’m really glad that I opted for the veggie dog because I later discovered (when I got home and researched the issue on the Internet) that the veggie burger was not vegan (www.veggiehappy.com). However, I thoroughly enjoyed the veggie dog which was vegan. Although it was a bit rubbery, I loaded it up with sauerkraut, mustard and relish and that made it delish!!
After I downed the dog, I walked over to the food area near the batting cages where I immediately noticed that they sold the “Skinny Girl” margaritas. The “Skinny Girl” drinks are vegan. I also spotted the extensive selection of beer at “Big Apple Brews.” There were many German and Belgium brands available which are usually vegan. There was also a “Subway” station selling their Vegimax Patty and Veggie Delite subs. Subway’s Italian bread is vegan. There was also a zeppole (ie. fried dough) station but I’m not quite sure if the zeppoles were vegan. If they were, I would dub them the ultimate vegan junk food. Let’s not forget the french fries, also a great vegan junk food, from “Box Frites.”
I then headed over to the World’s Fare Market.There was a nice selection of fresh fruit and Terra Chips (yes, they are vegan). There were boxes of edamame available at “Daruma of Tokyo” and some of the combination sushi boxes contained vegetable rolls. This indicated to me that “Daruma” could probably have prepared boxes of vegetable sushi rolls only upon request. “Mama’s of Corona” sold veggie subs but they had mozzarella cheese on them. I’m sure they would have been happy to prepare one without the cheese.
Cracker Jacks and peanuts (both vegan) were sold throughout the park. Other vegan possibilities included hot pretzels and sno-cones.
So, there you have it..vegan options at Citi Field!! Please keep in mind that I discovered these items from a quick walk around the park. I’m sure there are many other vegan foods which I missed, especially in some of the club areas. If only the Mets could have defeated the Phillies yesterday…!!!