Friday, April 24, 2009

Fine Dining at Yankee Stadium

Hubby Kris was lucky enough to be invited by his friend John to Wednesday's matinee game against the Oakland A's in the new Yankee Stadium. And when he found out that they were Legends Suite Club Seats, he showed up bright and early with an empty stomach and a camera in hand.

The recession hasn't been kind to the
Yankee's club seat sales. If you've been watching home games recently, you'll know that the prime section of cushioned luxury seats behind home plate have been looking pretty empty, and Wednesday's rainy afternoon game was no different.

But Kris wasn't going to let dreary weather or lackluster turnout spoil his afternoon...


Here's a quick home video (last names have been bleeped out to protect the innocent, ie. those who were skipping out of work!):


Seats were really close to home plate - Kris yelled out Derek Jeter's name and he actually turned around to look:
John caught a ball that Yankee 1st baseman Mark Teixeira tossed out to the crowd:


The bi-level Legends luxury club suite (apparently you can enter 3 hours before game time and stay 3 hours after the game - that's over 9 hours of eating!):
Buffet style fine dining with "performance cooking" stations:

Wagyu beef, lamb cheeks, tandoori duck, halibut, ramp risotto, and fiddlehead ferns:
Kris was too full to try the wild boar borscht or the braised brisket mini sandwiches:
For dessert, Georgia peach streusel, chocolate chip cookies, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream:
Overall, Kris was mighty impressed with the food in the luxury suites. And it's not very often that he finds himself too full to try everything in the buffet. So...why was he still hungry enough to make me share my instant noodles with him when he got home?!



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15 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

Your hubby looks ecstatic! :D
There was a whole article on Yankee Stadium on serious eats NY.
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/04/first-look-at-the-new-yankees-stadium-food-nyc-bronx-concession-stands.html
I know nothing about sports but i would go just for the food :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, that's some nice food there! Your husband is very lucky to have had this neat experience!

Jenn said...

Your hubby is one lucky fellow to get a nice meal and premium seat like that. Glad he enjoyed it!

Sue said...

The fact that you could actually write this sentence - "Kris was too full to try the wild boar borscht" - and be talking about a ballpark is really amazing! I heard ALL the food is supposed to be fantastic and not just for the muckety-mucks.

Tangled Noodle said...

Great experience for Kris and we appreciate that he shared it with us. But after that spread, it's funny he was into your ramen noodles! Maybe it was the company he missed . . . !

Phyllis said...

Heavenly Housewife: Thanks for the link to Serious Eats - hopefully one day I'll make to the new Yankee Stadium to try the outrageously priced concession food. And I'm totally with you on just going for the food!

5 Star Foodie and Jenn: He is one lucky guy and he enjoyed every second of it!

Sue: I know, how crazy is it that they are serving ramps and fiddlehead ferns at a ballpark?! Apparently the Legends club suite also features celebrity chefs but Kris was too busy stuffing his face to notice anyone famous at the cooking stations!

Tangled Noodle: I was actually shocked how well Kris documented the experience, normally he forgets to bring his camera! And I guess he worked up an appetite on the long ride home from the game. But you're right, he's my favorite person to share a meal with!

Thank you all so much for your comments!

KennyT said...

Hey Phyllis, that's very sweet to share your instant noodles with your husband, haha.

Phyllis said...

Kenny: I only share with Kris to set a good example for him! When we first met, he never shared his food with anyone. (Growing up in a home with 3 other hungry men makes you extremely protective over food)

Dragon said...

You are so lucky! I'm glad you had a great time.

Coconut Girl Connie said...

What a trip, I have heard about their culinary "feats" at Yankee Stadium, but the reality of it is just so hard to grasp....although, in Hawaii, tailgating at the UH football games become a gastronomical affair, but baseball lacks, big time...maybe that's the direction we have to go in?

Phyllis said...

Dragon: He really had a great time. I taped the game for him so he could spend a couple hours looking for himself in the crowd!

Coconut Girl Connie: Yankee stadium definitely had some catching up to do compared to other ballparks in the country. Prices are still exorbitant, but at least they're catering more to foodies now! And I've never been lucky enough to tailgate, sounds like serious stuff in Hawaii!

Coca Cola Cake said...

hiii that picture is really i want to so much eat that picture hmmm.......

Screamin' Mama said...

That must have been one super day for hubby! Wish I could taste some of the food from that buffet!

Passionate Eater said...

WOW! I love how Derek Jeter is looking at Kris like, "Hey."

I am sure he actually said, "Hey Kris, Phyllis is a hot wife!"

And how come John didn't invite us (me and you)?!? I wish we had that wagyu beef and those fiddlehead ferns!

Erin said...

OMG Dan would be so jealous two of his favorite things...BASEBALL and FOOD....What a great combindation...