The New York Yankees epitomize success, but it’s their dedicated fanbase that propels them forward season after season. Tens of thousands of people come out to every home game to passionately cheer on Yankee stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Brett Gardner, and three hours of yelling, clapping, and booing the umpire’s atrocious strike zone requires a lot of energy.
To fuel the fanbase during the game (and sop up all those 24-ounce Bud Light drafts), Yankee Stadium offers hot dogs, giant pretzels, chicken tenders, French fries, barbecue (via Mighty Quinn’s), and yes, peanuts and Cracker Jack are sold around the stadium, but this traditional baseball fare won’t appeal to everyone — especially if an individual is trying to eat a little on the healthier side.
Fortunately, the Hard Rock Cafe, located near Gate 6 on the outside of Yankee Stadium, offers fans a selection of better-for-you menu items allowing vegetarians, vegans, and health conscious eaters to get that same stadium-food-flavor — without the four-digit calorie counts. Their vegan-friendly, Buffalo-style cauliflower “wings” are lightly battered and tossed in a zesty hot sauce. The best part about the cauliflower wings is that you can eat them with a fork and save your fingers and mouth from being covered in sauce.
If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, there’s the Cobb salad, with mixed greens topped with grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, egg, smoked bacon, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and balsamic vinaigrette.
There’s also the grilled Norwegian salmon topped with herb butter and served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and string beans.
Yankee Stadium stops selling alcohol after the seventh inning, but the Hard Rock Cafe does fans an essential service by keeping the drinks flowing with a bargain of a happy hour. Three- and four-dollar beers, five-dollar cocktails, and half-price appetizers (which include the cauliflower “wings”) will keep the good times rolling even after the final out is called.