Citi Field's big new hit

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New York Mets line the field waiting for

New York Mets line the field waiting for the national anthem at Citifield on opening day March 31, 2014. The New York Mets host the Washington Nationals during their season opener. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

So far, outfielder Andrew Brown is the Mets' Opening Day slugger.

But in the meat of the order is Pat LaFrieda.

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The purveyor's blend has become the "Official Burger of the Mets." It's dubbed the "Citi Field Amazin' Burger," and the 10-oz. Black Angus blend will be served at the ballpark's restaurants, clubs and concession stands that serve hamburgers.

The revered burgers at Shake Shack also are LaFrieda's. And they're still sold at the Shake Shack stand.

LaFrieda's meatball sliders also are rookies at Citi Field. They're being sold at field level near section 139, or close to the Pat LaFrieda's Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich operation. Three of the sliders are served with whipped ricotta and toasted rolls.

LaFrieda built his reputation with custom blends at Manhattan restaurants including Minetta Tavern, The Spotted Pig, Union Square Cafe and Blue Smoke.


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