[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Baseball season at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field kicked off this week, and if you're looking to eat well on game day, it pays to plan ahead.

Both stadiums have put more effort than ever into their in-house food, and hey, Parm or Shake Shack mid-game is a great thing. But if you've made the trip to the South Bronx or Corona, how about trying some of the local fare? You'll find shorter lines (and largely cheaper food), we promise.

Yankee Stadium


Moro de habichuelas rojo at Nano Billiads. [Photograph: Chris Crowley]

Our ace Bronx reporter Chris Crowley has two year's worth of stadium eating guides well worth a read, with Caribbean, African, and Latin American food aplenty:

In the coming weeks he'll be giving more shoutouts to good food near the stadium. This week: Nano Billiads. More highlights? Some tasty Mexican at Xochimilco, streetside Dominican chimi, and a great introduction to West African food at Bate.

Citi Field

Torta Pumas at Tortas Neza

The Pumas from Tortas Neza. [Photograph: James Boo]

Citi Field is situated in a good food neighborhood and adjacent to a great one. The surrounding neighborhood of Corona is home to all kinds of good (mostly Latin American) eats:

And if you're taking the 7 train to the stadium, Sarah Markel-Gonzalez has a field guide for you with tasty food at almost every stop. Don't miss the legendary Italian sandwiches at Leo's Latticini.

Muslim Lamb Chop at Fu Run

Muslim lamb chop at Fu Run. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Take the 7 or the LIRR a little farther and you find yourself in Flushing, Asian food capital of Queens and, in some respects, New York City. Take some time to explore the Golden Shopping Mall's regional Chinese food court, go on a dumpling hunt, find some amazing Korean food, or have an awesome sitdown meal at Fu Run or Biang!, the flagship restaurant of the Xi'an Famous Foods empire.

What Else?

What are you planning to eat on your trip to the ballpark? Anything we missed? Sound off in the comments.


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