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Foodie Mets players dish on their favorite NYC spots


The Mets are stepping up to the plate.

The first-place Kings of Queens are foodies — and they can often be found chowing down near Citi Field and in other NYC neighborhoods.

The city’s culinary lineup “was a huge bonus” to signing with the team last year, said outfielder Mark Canha, who chronicles his eating adventures on his @bigleaguefoodie Instagram.

“My wife and I are big food people,” the San Jose, Calif. native, who now lives on the Upper West Side, told The Post.

Canha, 33, is even open to fan suggestions on places to try.

“A lot of people in New York actually have reached out to me and given me their list of favorite restaurants,” he explained. “I have a whole list of places in Queens that I need to get to.”

Canha is looking forward to trying more restaurants in Queens.
Mark Canha chronicles his eating adventures on his @bigleaguefoodie Instagram.
Gordon Donovan

He already has his picks in Manhattan, where he and wife Marci spend fancy date nights at Le Bernardin, or dine with their two daughters at Nice Matin on West 79th.

“They’ll eat French fries and they let them color on the tables there because they have paper tablecloths,” he said.

When Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino joined the Mets in March, he already had his favorite pizza and bagel joints.

“Growing up, I used to get excited to go to Spumoni Gardens [the Bensonhurst Sicilian pizza mecca] and La Bagel Delight which is on 7th Avenue in Park Slope,” the pitcher said.

The Bensonhurst Sicilian pizza joint is famous across the city for its square slices.
Adam Ottavino had been excited to go to Spumoni Gardens since he was a kid.
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Ottavino and his wife choose to eat Italian in the city.
Ottavino joined the Mets already being familiar with the NYC food scene because he grew up in Brooklyn.
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Ottavino, 36, now lives in Westchester with wife Brette and their two kids. “We like to go to places in the city, so Italian-wise, like a Carbone or Rubirosa or Cipriani … maybe Elio’s,” he said.

Pitcher Trevor May, who was added to the Mets’ roster in 2020, thinks Amore Pizzeria in Flushing hits it out of the park.

“I’ve had Amore quite a bit and it is phenomenal. It’s probably my favorite place in the general vicinity,” he said, noting he’s “an old-fashioned pepperoni guy.”

The 32-year-old, who lives in Long Island City, said his wife Kate gives him a hard time about his basic pizza order.

“My wife gives me crap about that all the time. But I’m one of those people that knows exactly what they like and will just order it until they’re sick of it,” he said. “She needs to look at the menu at McDonald’s — like you don’t know everything they have already?”

May's deli of choice is Benateri’s Italian deli in College Point.
When May wants a sandwich, he orders the Michelangelo at Benateri’s Italian deli.
Gordon Donovan

The couple gets more adventurous for dinner, hitting Vernon Boulevard for pub food at Woodbines or sushi at Dai Hachi.

“Sushi’s my go-to, that’s what I’ll do if I really want to have a nice dinner,” he said.

When he wants a sandwich, he orders the Michelangelo, a chicken cutlet hero topped with fresh mozzarella, bacon, Cajun chipotle mayo and avocado at Benateri’s Italian deli in College Point.

“Early this season I popped in and nobody recognized me and I didn’t say anything,” he said. “I’m very from my house to the field, back to my house to the field, but when I’m feeling frisky, that’s the place I’ll pop in.”

Alonso's favorite thing to eat at Citi Field is the burger named after him.
Pete Alonso’s bagel of choice is from Sadelle’s bakery in Soho.
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Alonso's also a fan of Prince Street Pizza.
Alonso’s also a fan of Prince Street Pizza.
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First baseman Pete Alonso, 27, who lives in Manhattan, said his go-to bagel place is Sadelle’s bakery in Soho. For a slice he goes to Prince Street Pizza.

When they’re in the mood for Italian, he and wife Haley go to Il Triangolo and Park Side, both in Corona.

Of course, at the ballpark, “Polar Bear” Pete goes for his namesake burger — which consists of a Pat LaFrieda black truffle blended burger patty, caramelized onions, smoked gouda and claw sauce — calling it his “favorite thing in the stadium.”

Fogo de Chao has an outpost on 53rd Street.
Eduardo Escobar is a major fan of Brazilian steak chain Fogo de Chao.
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For team dinners, Ottavino said, “nine times out of 10 in the big leagues, it’s always a steakhouse.”

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar is a fan of the Brazilian steak chain Fogo de Chao, which has an outpost on 53rd Street. “They love him, he’s like an ambassador for that restaurant or something,” Canha said of Escobar.





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