With Shea Stadium set to be imploded/dismantled/burned to the ground after this season is through, Mets fans all over the greater Long Island area are foaming at the mouth for the next great ballpark to arise from the ashes. Citi Field is going to look like Ebbets Field and feel like Camden Yards, but most notably, it's gonna taste like heaven:
While we've all known for awhile that Danny Meyer had a deal cooking with the new Mets stadium, Citi Field, the Union Square Hospitality Group just released the most detailed line up of the offerings to date. In addition to the rumored Shake Shack and Blue Smoke the new stadium will also have a yet-to-be-named taqueria featuring "authentic" tacos and Pop Fries, USHG's new fry stand concept (think the East Village's Pomme Frites).
Flushing, Queens is a pretty far trip from my home base in Jersey, and yet even with my hatred of the Mets, I guarantee I will make the three-train trip to this place just to eat my way through the concourses. Shake Shack's original location is in New York City's own Madison Square Park and features some of the most delicious and fresh hamburgers, Chicago-style hot dogs, and hand-spun milkshakes in the world. Blue Smoke is an urban BBQ joint and I can imagine they'll be pumping out Memphis-style pork ribs by the rack. And 'authentic' tacos? Sounds delish!
Also, I would love to watch Carlos Beltran strike out while downing some pommes frites with some saffron-infused mayo.
No telling what kind of local beer they'll be serving at the park, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some Brooklyner Weisse beer from the good folks at Brooklyn Brewery. Full disclosure: this beer made my pee smell funny last weekend.