Let Them Eat Cake…and Ribs

The US-Government-Owned Citi Field opens in just a few short months, and a city famed for its restaurants and high food cuisine should be expected to serve similarly delicious treats to the fans at the game. Sure, Shea was characterized more by the few food stands, limited options, and often overcooked meats, Citi Field will be totally different, providing you’re able to even afford to get into the stadium in the first place.

From there, it shouldn’t be a problem to make your way to one of these stands and at least inhale its aroma, since you’ll already be broke from just getting the ticket. But say you’re a lucky person and received a healthy government bailout or maybe you’re a lottery winner so you got a little money to burn, well, here are some of the high class options available to you inside the bricked walled of the Citi.

  • Blue Smoke is expected to serve up a scaled-down version of Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park restaurant, including Kansas City spareribs and Memphis baby back ribs.
  • Shake Shack, another Meyer venture, is set to grill up the famed ShackBurgers and vegetarian ‘ShroomBurgers that fans line up for at its Madison Square Park post.
  • Acela is a reservations-required restaurant that [Nobu’s Drew] Nieporent – also owner of Tribeca Grill – has slotted for a space overlooking the diamond. Named after the high-speed Amtrak train, the fine-dining spot has yet to unveil its menu.
  • Verano Taquería will feature authentic tacos created by chef Floyd Cardoz of Tabla fame.
  • Box Frites will serve freshly-cut, Belgian-style fries with a wide selection of dipping sauces.
  • The Delta Sky360 Club will be another premium-seating dining destination on the Field Level directly behind home plate, offering waiter service and “Best of Ballpark” food.
  • Wheelhouse Market is expected to be a casual cafe serving speciality brews and “classic, artisanal comfort foods,” which usually means hand-crafted cheeses and cured meats.
  • Zachys will be run by Westchester wine merchants Andrew McMurray and Jeff and Don Zacharia, offering fine wines from around the world.

I for one would love to get my hands on some Blue Smoke ribs while watching David Wright ply his trade, and maybe even a Shake Burger, depending on the quality of the line. Of course, probably most of these options will only be available if you are in the super luxury seats that I’ll never ever get tickets to, so I’ll have to content myself to a soggy pretzel in the plebe sections…

[NY Daily News]

3 Responses to “Let Them Eat Cake…and Ribs”

  1. 1 myummers
    February 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    yeah, i’ll pass…firstly i’m not going to citi field to see luis castillo and marlon anderson making outs. secondly, i’m just not going. also, if i’m gonna spend $32 on food, why wouldn’t i just go to a genuine nyc restaurant, at a table, and be waited on?

  2. 2 Mattraw
    February 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I heard they’ll be serving CFC in the bleachers.

  3. 3 shatraw
    February 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    while i will be at the Cit (my new nickname for citifield) as much as possible, i definitely won’t be frequenting these food stands. i mean, these places are expensive enough in manhattan. how astronomically must the prices be at the stadium? plus, i’m sure the underpaid aramark workers would just as soon push you in front of the 7 train as serve you delicious food.

    also, i refuse to acknowledge the existing/potential amazing deliciousness of shake shack. a business simply cannot insist that i stand in line for an hour. expand, you fucking dicks!

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