Citi Field hits a homerun this spring with deep fried ice cream sandwiches and deep fried, New York-style cheesecake.
Since its completion in 2009, Citi Field’s dining options have mirrored many modern ballparks offering anything from sushi to craft beer to gourmet barbeque. This season, the Mets have added some carnival classics to the menu.
Located in section 130 next to Keith’s Grill, you will find a concession stand selling deep fried, New York-style cheese cake and deep fried ice cream sandwiches. Carnival food, like candy apples, funnel cakes and these new additions, create the same nostalgia as ballpark classics like hotdogs and roasted peanuts.
Both the ice cream sandwiches and the cheesecake are fried in the same batter, using flour and baking soda that is typically used to fry Twinkies and candy bars, leaving the final result crispy and delectable.
The cheesecake becomes slightly warmed and melty thanks to the deep frying process. This accentuates the rich and creamy texture of the cake. Similarly, the deep frying process for the vanilla ice cream sandwiches causes the chocolate chips to melt and the cookie to warm. The end result is sweet, cold ice cream and melted chocolate, making an excellent complement to the warm, crunchy and savory batter.
Baseball fans with a sweet tooth will surely enjoy these treats while fans craving something richer and more savory will prefer cheesecake. Whatever you choose, do not forget the delicious powdered sugar; a must for anyone enjoying a tasty treat at the ball game.
Any adult eating ice cream out of a helmet at a Mets game will attest to the nostalgia that these treats bring out. The ability of modern baseball parks to connect the sport’s rich past with the offering of modern amenities is something highly anticipated. In an era of HD television and premium seating, carnival classics are a reminder of days past.
Citi Field is located just 3 miles north of the Queens College campus. The stadium is conveniently located next to the Mets/Willets Point stop on the 7-train and $10 tickets are available for games Monday thru Friday with a Queens College ID.
While peanuts and Cracker Jacks will continue to be fan favorites at ballgames, deep fried cheesecake and ice cream sandwiches have been added to the list of classic snacks that can be consumed while enjoying America’s favorite pastime.