The Food at Citifield

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Anthony De Rosa, over at Hotfoot blog, has posted a Mets press release about the “Great Eats in Store at Citifield.” 

I don’t know where to begin.  So the Mets have signed a 30-year deal with ARAMARK to run all the concessions at Shea and ARAMARK has signed up with Danny Meyer’s restaurant group to create an “unprecedented partnership” to provide an “all-star dining experience” for us at Citifield.  Good.  I like food.

What do they have in mind?  Well, for “all ticket holders,” who can schlep to the outfield concourse, there is barbecue and hamburgers and hot dogs.  And, we’re told, a “new concept” called a taqueria that serves some Mexican dish called tacos which Wikipedia says is this shell they put stuff in.  They also have a “new concept” place called “Pop Fries,” which is a “frites” stand, a place where they serve Belgian-style French fries.  “Frites” is apparently Belgian for French fries.   Don’t tell anybody, but they also have frites in France, but people going to the ballpark don’t want to think that they’re eating French food.  A lot of people think that there’s something un-guy like about eating French.  Belgian they can handle. 

Well, that’s all we learn about the outfield concourse.  Then the press release goes on to tell us what they’ll be eating in the Sterling Club, a “premium seating area for 1600 guests directly behind home plate.”  Premium means what?  I’m assuming, from the fact that the outfield concourse is described as “accessible to all ticket holders,” that the Sterling Club is not accessible to all ticket holders.  If my assumption is correct, I won’t be happy.   I particularly like the idea of the Sterling Market in the Sterling Club, which will be a “casual café” serving “classic, artisanal comfort foods.”  They put the word “artisanal” in there to let you know that you won’t be eating the same kind of slobby comfort food they have out in the outfield concourse.  I’m not sure what they have in mind, but I worry that some people are going to find it hard to be comfortable while they’re eating something they’ve been told is “artisanal.”

Inside Sterling Market there will also be the Sterling Beer and Wine Bar, which is described as a “venue” that will have “specialty brews” and “an extensive collection of wines from around the world.”  Wine at the ballpark?  I love wine, but at the ballpark?  What would wine taste like at a ballpark?  What would it cost?  Well at least you’ll have a “venue” at Citifield to drink the wine in.  You don’t have to drink it in the stands.
So congratulations to ARAMARK for being designated Citifield’s “exclusive concessionaire.”  In the interest of full disclosure I have to reveal that I am a little bit mad at them for making it clear to me, when I asked, that they wouldn’t sell my book in the Mets stadium store because they didn’t sell anything that didn’t have some kind of stamp of approval from Major League Baseball.  That’s why they don’t sell any of the excellent books about the Mets at the stadium.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pick up a book in that store where they sell jerseys for more than any book ever costs?  What do you call a racket inside a racket inside a racket? 

Don’t get me wrong.  I love baseball.  I love the Mets.  I will probably break down and love Citifield.  But I just want to know that if the Mets do to me what they’ve done the last two years, I will at least have the option of coming down from my perch in the Promenade Level to grab a seat in a casual cafe behind home plate, where I can drown my sorrows in a glass of Bordeaux and a plate of artisanal comfort food.


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