New Citi Field eats: Pat LaFrieda’s steak sandwich
Don’t get me wrong, Shake Shack is great. But there’s a limit to the burger joint’s cache at Citi Field, mostly because you can find it easily enough around New York City, the Eastern seaboard and, now, the world. (Dubai, anyone?) It used to be unique, but it’s not anymore.
Thankfully, the folks who run Citi Field’s concessions have constantly tweaked and improved over the past four seasons, this year alone adding a Greek stand in right field and Two Boots Pizza throughout the ballpark.
The latest addition made its debut Tuesday: Pat LaFrieda’s original steak sandwich, with a location near Shake Shack in the center field food court. Fifteen dollars gets you one black angus filet, topped with Monterey jack cheese and sweet caramelized onions, served with a secret au jus on a custom-made and toasted French baguette. Like Shake Shack guru Danny Meyer, LaFrieda is a celebrity in the industry — you can read about him in this 2010 profile in New York magazine. But unlike Shake Shack, you can’t get this sandwich anywhere else — Citi Field is LaFrieda’s first and only retail location.
I had my first taste this evening when the Mets delivered a cart of the sandwiches to the press box, and I was not disappointed. The bread is crusty and there’s a good amount of steak and cheese. If you don’t like onions, I would recommend ordering the sandwich without them — they dominate the flavor. But it’s a good flavor, and I’ll go as far as to say it’s worth the $15 if you can spare it.
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