Monday, June 15, 2009

Fine Dining(?) at Citi Field

Hi everyone, it’s Kris!

Phyllis recently blogged about my
fine dining experience at Yankee Stadium, so I thought it was only fair to do a post on Citi Field.
I was invited by my friend John to last Thursday’s game (6/11/09 Mets vs Phillies) and our Delta club seats gave us access to the
Acela Club, a 350 seat ‘fine dining’ restaurant overlooking left field.

So what's a diehard Yankees fan doing at a Mets game? Come on guys, you should all know me by now - I never turn down free seats to anything!

Me, John, and Bernie in the 10th row: Some exciting footage of the game:

The view of the field from the Acela Club restaurant: Inside the restaurant:
At dinnertime, a $48 prix fixe menu gives you unlimited access to the market table buffet (soup, salad, antipasto, cured meats, and hot pasta stations) and a choice of one entrée (jumbo crab cakes, prime rib, roasted pork etc).

Market table buffet: White cheddar mac n cheese with pancetta, baked garganelli with short rib bolognese, Tribeca caesar salad with white anchovies:
Jumbo lump crab cakes with tomato, caper and cauliflower chutney:
Grilled skirt steak, salsa verde, sweet potato fries:
So how did this compare to dining at Yankee Stadium? While my crab cakes and buffet selections were all delicious, it wasn't exactly 'fine dining'. And I'd have to say that I was more impressed with the gourmet spread at the Yankee Legends Suite which featured waygu beef, lamb cheeks, ramp risotto, and fiddlehead ferns. The Yankees buffet had more variety and hot cooking stations and was included with the cost of the Legend club seats. And the Mets Acela Club didn't offer any dessert (at least not that night).

Sorry Mets fans, but I'd have to give the win of this fine dining 'subway series' to Yankee Stadium!

And for all you Howard Stern fans out there, look who I ran into at the game: Hard to miss him with everyone yelling out "Baba Booey!"



Phyllis said...

Hi Kris,
Good job on your first post!
Love, wifey

Heavenly Housewife said...

That steak and fries plate looks delicious. My only problem with all u can eat is I do totally eat all I can eat. I'm always trying to get my moneys worth, and I dont leave till I am rolling on the floor in complete nausea! Good thing there aren't many of those things here in England or I would be in trouble.

KennyT said...

Hi Kris, it seems that you had lots of fun with baseball games! I know nothing about baseball, but would love to go to any one of those stadiums when I visit US, the food served at restaurants of those stadiums looks scrumptious!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks fun and good food,

Anonymous said...

How fun! I haven't been to a baseball game in forever!

Dragon said...

Sounds like a great time!

Foodcreate said...

How much fun! I love baseball :)

Thanks for sharing your game and food :)


Kris said...

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all the comments. I had a fun time writing my post on Citi Field. Since I did such a good job on my first blog, I've decided to retire while I'm ahead. I'm leaving the food blogging to my lovely wife.
Thanks again,
Hubby Kris

Tangled Noodle said...

Great job, Kris! But please reconsider your early retirement from blogging - as far as I know, there isn't one out there that covers FOOD AT SPORTS VENUES! And from what I've been reading in NYT and WSJ, they're the hot new spots for fine dining!

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