A visit to Citi field is only complete with some ballpark food. Even though hot dogs, pretzels and cracker jacks have been the staple foods of New York baseball since I can remember, a little diversity is certainly welcome. The dawning of a new stadium for the Mets opens the opportunity to satisfy the diverse taste buds of this equally diverse fan base.
I would have expected Dominican food to be the representation of Latin food since most of the Mets players are from the Dominican Republic, and they are the 2nd largest Latin nationality in terms of population in New York. I guess the truth still stands that Mexican cuisine is the reigning ambassador of the Latin food world across the U.S. (hence the name of this website).
Though Citi field would benefit from some mangu (popular Dominican plantain-based dish), it needs to be said that the Taqueria in the outfield food court has done a good job of mass producing some tasty tacos. In the seventh inning Jaquie and I descended from our nosebleed seats to wait impatiently on a long line for our Metsican treat.
The elusive elote was the best I have tasted and even tops the elotes I had in Jackson Heights. It was everything you can ask for from a piece of corn, juicy, sweet and delicately crumbled cheese and chili powder with every bite.
Believe it or not, the steak tacos score a 7 out of 10 on Jaquie's authenticity scale mainly because of the poor quality of the tortillas. The steak was seasoned just right and the cilantro and lime brought out its fiery flavors. The chicken mole tacos tasted nothing like mole though they were still pretty good solely based on flavor.
Taco numero uno (#1) on my list of Citi field tacos was the taco al pastor (pork taco). The meat was shredded tender and cooked with a spicy flavorful sauce. Again, the cilantro and lime highlighted everything. While not very authentic, they were a nice variation from the typical ball park cuisine.
The Salsa was medium spicy. If I remember it correctly, it was completely gone after the tacos were done; it ended up on our fingers and in our bellies.
Along with the must-have beers and our thunderous screams cheering on the Mets, the food at Taqueria made for a great night at the ball game. Not to mention that the Mets won the game in extra innings, a successful end to an enjoyable evening.