Tip #1 – The Lobel’s Steak Sandwich
OK, you’re probably going to want to partake in something that is offered at the Stadium, even though the cost of it will make you grumble (Yankee Stadium has the most expensive food of any ballpark I have been to). There are cheesesteaks, garlic fries, noodle bowls, and popular names like Nathan’s, Johnny Rockets and a Hard Rock Café.
So if you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for a quality sandwich, take a walk down the left field line on the field level concourse, and find the Lobel’s stand. It’s not difficult; look for the long line.
The Lobel family has been purveying beef for longer than even the Yankees have existed, and their name has been associated with quality beef in a town where steakhouse competition is pretty stiff. There is actually a window next to the Lobel’s cart where you can watch butchers cutting cuts of meat for their famed steak sandwich.
The Lobel’s steak sandwich isn’t a steak sandwich in the Philly sense, meaning chopped to bits and mixed with onions (you can get one of these at Carl’s, and they’re just fine). It is closer to a roast beef sandwich, with the meat soaked in au jus and served on an onion Kaiser roll with an insanely good horseradish sauce.
Watching them put all of this together made me forget that I was supposed to take a picture of the sandwich—it was gone pretty fast.
It isn’t cheap; it is one of the most expensive single items available at Yankee Stadium. But relative to what you pay for anything here anyway, you’re getting some real value for your money.
Grab some napkins, though, and don’t eat it on the fly.
The Court Deli isn’t actually in Yankee Stadium, although I kind of think it could be. The Court is on the corner of 161st St. and Walton Avenue, near the Bronx County Clerk (hence the name).
There are a few places near Yankee Stadium to fill a goody bag to sneak into the ballpark; in the area east of the ballpark are a McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway. But this is New York City, an area of the world that you can’t spend time in without trying a pastrami sandwich or a knish. You can get a Big Mac anytime.
The Court Deli was recommended to me by my friend Gary Herman, who has forgotten more about saving money at sporting events than I will ever know. That’s one thing you get at the Court Deli—value. You get a decent sized sandwich at a price competitive with any of the fast food joints and their dollar menus. You walk in and can order your food to go; they’ll prepare it pretty quickly.
But there’s nothing wrong with the food either; my breakfast sandwich and knish were tasty, and Gary tells me that you can’t go wrong with a pastrami sandwich at the Court.
The Court Deli does get crowded on game days; if you can’t get there early you’ll be waiting in line, and you probably won’t have a place to sit and eat in the small restaurant. But the line moves fairly quickly, and it’s worth the wait.
Be adventurous, don’t go for the easy Whopper.
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