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Citifield, is there a place to sit by shake shack?

janie Aug 9, 2010 06:34 PM

bringing the boy to his first baseball game..., was planning on getting there about 1.5 early..is this good, to avoid major lines at shake shack? Do they happen to have barbecue sauce as a side for the burgers? Are the fries there the ones to get or elsewhere? is there anywhere to sit and eat besides your seats? wanted to take him to the Mets dugout store for the kids...is this anywhere near where shake shack is? How is the chicken hotdog, worth getting? One more question...is Mama's near shake shack? We're sitting the in the 400's promenade section....thanks for the help!!!

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  1. LNG212 RE: janie Aug 9, 2010 07:05 PM

    We usually arrive about 1.5 hrs early too and there is a line at Shake Shack but not too insane. Sometimes there's bbq sauce in the "fixings" things by Blue Smoke, sometimes not. I'm not sure why that is hit or miss. I prefer the Box Frites fries (my favorite of the sauces is the chipotle ketchup). In the whole Shack/Blue Smoke/etc. area (out by center field) there are tall tables (like in a bar) but no seats for those. There are also a few picnic tables right there (there are also picnic tables over by the Mamas/Taste of Corona area, which is more right field). All of that is on the first level. There's also a Mama's and a Box Frites (and Blue Smoke, but no Shack) on the Promenade level where you'll be. Behind home plate on the promenade is a beer cube and also some picnic tables.

    The big store is when you walk into the rotunda. So if you're taking the subway it's right there where you enter. And entering that way is very cool (not so much for the areas where the parking is) as that's also where the old Apple is. Basically, what we do is get off the subway, enter the rotunda, go to the store (and the Hall of Fame is right there too) then go to the first/main level and head as though we're going around the bases (this way you can go by Mama's, the Shea Bridge, then center field to all the goodies).

    I don't know how old your kid is, but back in the center field area there's also some kid stuff -- like a wiffle ball field and such. Mr. Met is sometimes back there. On your way from right field to center, there's a verizon studio and usually you can have your picture taken there (kids usually, but my DH has done it too). I think it comes out so you're in a Mets uniform. They email it to you and it's free.

    I've never had a chicken hotdog so can't help you there.

    Enjoy and I hope your boy has a grand first time!

    Shake Shack
    Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

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    1. re: LNG212
      janie RE: LNG212 Aug 9, 2010 07:16 PM

      thank you so much for all the helpful info..we are driving, and will park in one of the lots in the stadium area..my boy recently turned 5--will look for the picnic tables you describe--

      1. re: janie
        LNG212 RE: janie Aug 9, 2010 07:21 PM

        Have a great time. People are usually pretty good about sharing the picnic tables too. So don't be shy about that! Oh, and if you've not been before, brace yourself for the usurious parking fee. :)

        1. re: janie
          Jeffsayyes RE: janie Aug 9, 2010 07:38 PM

          You are going to have a great time! Citifield is so beautiful. And it's a great idea to get there very early, it is a pleasure just to be in the stadium and walk around.

      2. MVNYC RE: janie Aug 10, 2010 07:54 AM

        Save your child a lifetime of heartache and take him to watch the Yankees instead

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        1. re: MVNYC
          Bob Martinez RE: MVNYC Aug 10, 2010 09:35 AM

          "Save your child a lifetime of heartache and take him to watch the Yankees instead."

          What's the value of some World Series championships if you lose your soul?

          Back to the OP's question, if you get there 1 1/2 hours early expect to wait 30 minutes at Shake Shack. You may want to get there earlier.

          As for parking, you may also want to use my trick. There's a reasonably priced parking lot ($15 - all day) on College Point Blvd. and 37th Ave. located about a 5 minute walk away from the Main St. station of the 7 line. Take the 7 one stop and you're at Citi Field.

          Citi Field
          Roosevelt Ave and 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

          Shake Shack
          Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

          1. re: Bob Martinez
            janie RE: Bob Martinez Aug 10, 2010 10:04 AM

            Isn't the parking $19 at the lot? That's what I read. And the kid, well he's a Queens boy, and proud to be a Mets fan. Queens is the underground of cool, and so are the Mets. Sorry!

            1. re: janie
              Bob Martinez RE: janie Aug 10, 2010 11:19 AM

              Think about how long it will take you to get out of that Citi Field parking lot. That's why I use the one on College Point Blvd.

              And to keep it food focused, the pulled pork sandwiches from Blue Smoke are very good. Hardly any line at all.

              Citi Field
              Roosevelt Ave and 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

              1. re: Bob Martinez
                janie RE: Bob Martinez Aug 10, 2010 11:29 AM

                thanks for the heads up....how are the chicken wings?

                1. re: Bob Martinez
                  LNG212 RE: Bob Martinez Aug 10, 2010 11:39 AM

                  DH likes the pulled pork also. And especially now that there's a Blue Smoke on the Promenade level (which is where our seats are). Rarely a line there.

                  janie - DH thought the chicken wings were good but he only got them once since they were soooo messy (he has a thing about that). He actually thought the ribs were great but same issue with messy-ness.

                  ps - I love your "Queens is the underground of cool" comment.

              2. re: Bob Martinez
                MVNYC RE: Bob Martinez Aug 10, 2010 01:03 PM

                Ah Mets fans are so cute. Losing your soul.....

                As to the food, New Shea stadium has much better food than New Yankee stadium though I will admit after the novelty of fancy stadium food has worn off I have gone back to what I always do, eat better food for less money outside the stadium(plenty of good ethnic. You can bring outside food into both places as well.

                The taco stand at New Shea has decent steak tacos and the line is much shorter than Shake Shack.

                Shake Shack
                Roosevelt Ave 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

                1. re: Bob Martinez
                  fragnet RE: Bob Martinez Aug 10, 2010 07:55 PM

                  Or you could use MY "trick" and take public transportation and spend the parking fee on food. And the reason why there is no line at Blue Smoke is that its not that good, especially the pulled pork, which, in my opinion, was dry and tasteless.

                  1. re: fragnet
                    janie RE: fragnet Aug 10, 2010 09:45 PM

                    thanks all for the suggestions....we had so much fun, and the Mets won, too! Son got shake shack, burger was a bit cold but fries were tasty, although very salty,, but portion very small--blue smoke was nice enough to give me some barbecue sauce for his burger as that's the way he eats it--nice and spicy! Husband got eggplant parm sub at Cascarino's and said it wasn't much and not too hot either, and only premade--but bread was very fresh at least...I got Mama's vegetarian sandwich, of just cheese with peppers and then added the mushrooms to it, and some vinagrette--and a mets cookie from them which was great. My sandwich was $10.50 the cookie $3.50, and I actually noticed some nice looking cupcakes from Mama's which were sort of hidden, and I would have gotten them had I seen them before I picked the cookie...don't know how much they were--no line at all at Mama's--and this is the one that is near to where those picnic benches are same level as Shake Shack, Blue smoke, ...Sandwich was good, their cheese is nice--however, they need to peel the skin off their roasted peppers--that was not cool having to separate the skin within the sandwich--but it was generously filled so I didn't feel too ripped off...They really should have some more picnic benches set up, they certainly have the space for it...I couldn't bring myself to pay $7 for a vanilla milkshake from shakeshack--especially when I absolutely love the one from Timmy's Frozen custard so nearby...I'm going tommorow to get one!

                    I found it interesting that there were so many people just hanging out watching the game from so many great vantage points that it didn't really seem to matter if you had not so great seats because there were so many good places to sneak great views of the game...we actually really liked our seats in the promenade, no obstructions, and good views, and funny nice crowd! In fact, we found all the people working at citifield, and there are a lot couldn't have been more nice or more helpful--it has a really open feeling, and we had a lot of fun...think next time we'll bring in some food and explore some other options as well...no problem with parking, and no wait really at all for any of the food...and we were there about an hour before game...but even walking around during the 6th inning, no lines really...

                    The french fries from Nathans actually looked really good,and the amount looked to be twice than other places...the taco's looked pretty good, too...lots of people downing the beer there--some rowdiness here and there, but overall, everyone just having fun...a really great summer evening. Let's go mets!

              3. chefjellynow RE: janie Aug 10, 2010 01:12 PM

                as I stated on another citi thread, DEFINATLY try the smoked bologna sandwich at blue smoke...very good, half inch thick of really tasty southern bologna lathered in bbq with pickles ect....too good

                have fun!

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