A taste of Citi Field
Shake Shake and Blue Smoke are part of Citi Field's "Taste of the City" section. A full list of Citi Field eateries is at the end of this article. Photo credit: Michael E. Ach/ Newsday.
Special to amNewYork
Nathans Famous hot dogs and chef David Pasternacks lardon-studded clam
chowder can be enjoyed side-by-side at Mets games this season.
In an effort to shed the reputation that even Mets executive Dave Howard called
deficient, the Mets have turned to city dining heavyweights Danny Meyer (of Union Square Hospitality Group), Drew Nieporent (of Myriad Restaurant Group) and Pasternack (of Esca) in hopes of bringing ballpark fare in line with the best dining city in the world.
Their menus were unveiled yesterday at Citi Field. Howard boasted that the new culinary establishments will set the industry standard, among ballparks, a title currently held by stadiums in San Francisco and Seattle, which paved the way by upgrading food options for discerning fans.Attempting to set the industry standard
A large part of attaining that reputation rests with the heavyweights who have put their names behind a handful of eateries intermingled among food service giant Aramarks standard ballpark food stands.
Among the more upscale offerings include Meyers famous Shake Shack burger, Blue Smokes pulled pork sliders and a reservation-only restaurant from Nieporent called
A tough road ahead
What was on the mind of New Yorks food world was maintaining the standards,
a sticking point with the restaurateurs as they negotiated with the Mets.
In a question from New York food guru Ed Levine, the creator of the Web site
Serious Eats, all three say they have been working with staff to cook food
to order and uphold the standards they require in their restaurants. As an
example, Meyer said the Belgian style fries at his Box Frites will have a
two-minute shelf life before being tossed.
I hope that he really makes good on this, Levine said afterward. If
anyone can do it, these guys can do it.
But the obstacles were evident even during yesterdays media event.
A fish sandwich Pasternack touted a few minutes earlier was crunchy, but the Long
Island Sound-caught flounder inside was bland and dry, the throwaway bun a
The steak strips inside tacos from Tabla chef Floyd Cardozs El Verano Taqueria were succulent, but only a few seconds under the heat lamp and the corn tortillas were already dry.
Its going to be hard, Pasternack admitted.
Its not to say that the Mets wont be the standard-bearers when it comes to
ballpark food the specialty food is among the most impressive sports grub in the country but there are limitations once the ump shouts play ball.
Citi Fields full dining options, level by level:
Delta Sky360 Mini Lounge
Access: Delta Sky360 Club Platinum & Gold, Commissioners Box
Beverages & Snacks
Delta Sky360 Club :
Access: Delta Sky360 Club Platinum, Gold, Silver, Sterling Suites, Delta Sky360 Club Seats, Ebbets Suites, Commissioners Box
Specialty coffee, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fries, salads
Restaurant & Lounge
Waiter service dining seasonal menu by Union Square Hospitality Group
Access: Delta Sky360 Club, Ebbets Club, Commissioners Box
Carver sandwiches, chop salads, hot dogs, sausage
Taste of the City
Access: all fans
Shake Shack: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries & Shakes
Blue Smoke: BBQ
El Verano Taqueria: Tacos
Box Frites: Belgian French Fries with dipping sauces
Nonna Delias: Cascarinos Specialties pasta & pizza
Catch of the Day: fish, chowder, etc. by chef Dave Pasternack
Big Apple Brews: selection of beer
Worlds Fare Market
Access: All fans
Mamas of Corona: sandwiches and pastries
Grill: chicken, fries, burgers, hot dogs
Access: Delta Club; Ebbets Club, Caesars Club, Sterling Suites, Ebbets Suites, Empire Suites, Commissioners Box
Deli sandwiches, Brooklyn burgers, wraps, fries, rotisserie, chop salads
Access: Delta Sky360Club Platinum & Gold; Ebbets Gold, Caesars Club Platinum & Gold; all Metropolitan Box and Field Box, Commissioners Box
Seasonal menu by Myriad Restaurant Group brunch, lunch and dinner menus
Access: Delta Club, Ebbets Club, Caesar Club, Sterling Suites, Ebbets Suites, Empire Suites, Promenade Club seats
Hot dogs, sausages, carver sandwiches, wings, nachos, chop salads