NEW YORK — If you can make it in New York, sang Frank Sinatra, you can make it anywhere.
When it comes to the best food in Major League Baseball, the Mets say they'reA-number-one, Top of the List and King of the Hill.
"That’s one thing Citi Field has been known for since we opened it up. We put up the best food options available to our fans," executive vice presidentLou DePaoli said Thursday as the Mets unveiled their food and promotional lineups for the 2017 season.
"When you’re in New York, you have to compete with so many other entertainment options. You need to separate yourself. We not only separated ourself in New York. We’ve separated ourself from everybody in pro sports."
Typical Big Apple braggadocio?Maybe.But the Mets drew rave reviews at the ballpark Thursday for their high-end food offerings from celebrity chefs such as Michael White and Josh Capon.
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Among the mouth-watering treats unveiled: Capon's "Bash Burger;" a steak pizzaiolafrom celebrity-filled Harlem eatery Rao's; loaded bayside fries from Catch of the Day;the popular ShackBurger from Shake Shack; mac 'n cheese topped with brisket from Blue Smoke;and a braised pork belly from Bao Haus.
"Wehave world-renowned chefs providing some of their signature items — I mean, at a ball game?" DePaoli said. "It's alittle different than back in the day when you would show up and get a burger and a soda."
The hottest new offering at Citi Field might be Cookie DO, gourmet edible cookie dough that's become a sensation in New York City.
The company's flagship Greenwich Village store haslines of customers waiting for hours. Cookie DO's"very excited" to partner with the Mets, said founder and chief executive officer Kristen Tomlan.
“Theyhave the best food and beverage in baseball. We’re very happy to be part of the lineup," Tomlan said.
So what else will be hot?
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Look for any food on a stick tosell this year, DePaoli said. The Mets, for example, will offer "Big Mozz" sticks this season.
"It's the convenience," he said.
On the promotional front, the Mets expect an early sellout for Marvel Entertainment's Noah Syndergaard "Thor Bobblehead Night" on July 22.
"This is the first time they’veever actually allowed a professional athlete to be Marvel-ized as one of their characters," DePaoli said."They’re big (Syndergaard)fans. Noah is a huge fan of Thor. So it just made sense. We think, from the early reaction we’re getting,that it’s going to be pandemonium here that day."