Hey, don’t let the “BahSTON SUBS” thing on the sign here (right) scare you. If you’ve never been to Stop Deli & Twin Donut, at 66 East 161st Street, before a Yankees game, you’re missing out. (By the looks of the sign, I’m guessing that it used to be called “Yankee Stop.” Perhaps the Evil Empire made them drop the “Yankee” part?)
In any event, Stop Deli & Twin Donut is located on 161st Street, just past Billy’s Sports Bar and before Gerard Avenue. It’s a three minute walk, tops, from the corner of River Ave and 161st Street. I’ve been going there before Yankees games for a few years now. (My buddy, John, turned me on to the place.) They have excellent sandwiches – and you can get them “to go” there in a clear plastic bag. I’ve never had a problem bringing one of their sandwich bags into the Stadium.
On Opening Day, yesterday, I ordered a “Steinbrenner Blast” which is grilled chicken, bacon, melted swiss, with roasted peppers, lettuce and tomato. It was an awesome hero – and big enough for my dad and I to split (and be full). The price? Just a tick more than what a small Pepsi would cost you inside Yankee Stadium. How can you beat that?
Again, if you’ve never tried Stop Deli & Twin Donut, I recommend it. Just make sure to walk all the way in when you do there. If you just stick your head in, you won’t see the hot and cold sandwich area towards the back of the store where you place your order. And, don’t freak if you see a bunch of cops in the place. Any time I’ve been there, before a Yankees game, I’ve seen at least four or five uniformed police officers in there. It’s not because of any trouble – more so it’s because the cops like to eat there.
I guess the members of NYPD know a good place to get some eats when they see it too.