Serious Eats: New York

First Look at Citi Field Stadium Food

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Photographs by Robyn Lee

Today, Citi Field opened its gates to let the media check out the concession dining. Three leading New York restaurateurs, wearing honorary Mets jerseys, were there, representing their new booths, in addition to some Shea Stadium veterans like Mama's of Corona.

Danny Meyer will oversee the Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, El Verano Taqueria, and Box Frites booths behind home plate, as well as all the food and drinks at the Delta Sky360 Club, the premium-ticket-holder area with enough room for 1,600. Esca's Dave Pasternack will oversee the Catch of the Day fish shack just beyond right field. And Drew Nieporent of Nobu and Tribeca Grill consulted for the Acela Club, the 350-seat restaurant overlooking left field.

Photos, after the jump.

Much like spring training, everyone had bright hopes and chipper attitudes today, undeterred by long lines, wailing fans, or the threat of running out of food. No drama, not a bit. We'll see how this translates to real game days—this weekend, the Mets will host the Red Sox for two exhibition games—but with people coming into this with such low generic stadium food standards, they will probably leave impressed. And full.

Note: These portions may not accurately reflect the game day portions. Many were altered for today's press event.

Shake Shack

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Shackburger. The kind you know and love. Tastes the same, thankfully.

Box Frites

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Belgian style frites that are fried on the spot—not frozen, like the Madison Square Park and Upper West Side locations of the Shake Shack. (Ed likes to raise his fist at this.) Dipping sauces included fire-roasted tomato chipotle ketchup and some bacon creaminess.

Blue Smoke

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Pulled pork sliders, sauced up with the house Blue Smoke 'cue sauce, on mini brioche buns. These are extremely porky.

El Verano Taqueria

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Skirt steak taco in two corn tortillas with chopped onion, cilantro, and roasted tomato salsa. During the season, they will sell a taco platter with three fillings: chicken mole, grilled beef, and carnitas.

Catch of the Day

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Fried flounder sandwich: fresh-caught flounder fried in breadcumbs with a homemade tarter sauce on a Martin's roll. Yum.

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Long Island clams and corn in a creamy dry vermouth chowder. One of the tastiest things of the day (hopefully they can keep it warm).

Not available today, but look forward to: Blackened shrimp po-boy. "When you bite into it, I guarantee you'll have a shot on the shirt," Pasternack said of the juiciness factor. He was also plugging his "Bayside Fries," topped with smoked sea salt, Old Bay seasoning, and sharp cheddar. During the press conference, he turned to Meyer and challenged his competition from Boxed Frites.

Mama's of Corona

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Mama's special: peppered ham, salami, fresh mozzarella, with pickled mushrooms and peppers. You gotta love this one. Mama's has been a Queens institution for 80 years, and it was at Shea Stadium for eight years.

Acela Club

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"This is on a whole different level from the old dining club at Shea," Nieporent said. Macaroni and white cheddar with pancetta (pictured above). There will also be: Heritage pork porchetta with kraut and grilled skirt steak.

Other Things We Learned

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The view from the concession line.

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What we've nicknamed Danny Meyer Land, his amusement park-like territory behind home plate.

Suggestion Box

If we could just make one suggestion for additions to their concession stands, it's that they go hyper-local and bring in some dumplings or sandwiches from Flushing's Chinatown. Lamb and pork burgers from Xi'an Famous Foods, anyone?

Related: Citi Field Menus, Prices Included

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