The New York Yankees opened their new season last month with a vast array of new dining options at Yankee Stadium.
Brand new partners serving up their most popular items include New York traditions Fuku, Mac Truck and cheesy garlic bread by Bronx-born celebrity chef Christian Petroni. They join a lineup of returning partners including Streetbird by Marcus Samuelsson, Bobby Flay’s “Bobby’s Burgers,” Lobel’s, Mighty Quinn’s, Chickie’s & Pete’s, City Winery, The Halal Guys, Sumo Dog, Benihana, Oatly and Wings of New York, among other favorites offering new menu items this season.
Yankee Stadium’s expanded food and beverage menu will provide some of the most unique options throughout the Major Leagues as the club furthers its efforts to enhance the fan experience for all guests. The broad array of food options includes something for every fan, including a wide variety of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout Yankee Stadium. Food and beverage operations at Yankee Stadium are managed by Legends Hospitality.
Additionally, lettuce and herbs grown in the Yankee Stadium Tower Garden, located inside Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2, will be used in various menu items throughout the season. Using the vertical, aeroponic garden system of Tower Farms, which allows for the growth of healthy, fresh produce that requires minimal resources, the garden also serves to provide a hands-on learning experience for students taking part in the New York Yankees Healthy Home Plate Program, which the team has been proudly conducting since 2011.
Fuku is the fried chicken joint from chef David Chang – on a mission to change the way people think about fast casual. Fuku, as a concept, was built off of a delicious thigh-meat spicy fried chicken sandwich and has since grown to serve a variety of fried chicken offerings, sides, and slushies. Fuku will offer a signature sandwich named the O.G. Spicy Chicken Sando. It features a Crispy habanero-brined chicken breast, Fuku mayo, pickle, on a potato roll.
Restaurant entrepreneur Dom Tesoriero will also bring his Mac Truck to the Stadium. It made its debut during the summer of 2012 at the Historic Saratoga Race Course in Upstate New York. The Mac Truck specializes in selling premium Mac & Cheese with an array of fun toppings. Offerings include Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese (classic mac, crispy chicken, buffalo sauce), Classic Mac & Cheese (elbow mac, baked in creamy cheddar cheese sauce), and Mexican Street Mac (classic mac, charred corn pico de gallo with crushed tortilla chips).
One of TV’s brightest food stars will join the lineup at the iconic Bronx ballpark. Born and raised in the Bronx, Christian Petroni has become one of the most prevalent chefs in Italian cuisine & the art of red sauce in the NYC area. He has become a regular on the Food Network, winning Next Food Network Star, Season 14; in addition to recurring ongoing guest appearances judging and cooking on shows like Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Games, Guys Ranch Kitchen, Diners Drive Ins & Dives, Supermarket Stakeout, Tournament of Champions and more. Among his offerings are Cheesy Garlic Bread: Seeded Bronx bastone, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan Reggiano, Sicilian oregano, served with an 8-hour marinara.
Anchoring the Legends Hospitality team is Yankee Stadium Senior Executive Chef Matt Gibson. He earned his culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and moved to San Francisco early in his career, where he gained valuable experience working in a wide range of restaurants and traveling through Europe and Asia before settling in New York City. After a residency at the W hotel where he worked as the Executive Sous Chef for renowned Chef Jean Georges at “Spice Market,”
“Our goal is to be able to offer high-end food that is approachable for everyone,” Gibson explained.
With that goal, among Legends highlights are the 99 Burger (Two 4 oz. American Wagyu beef patties) New School American Cheese (caramelized onions, secret sauce, brioche bun, dill pickles). The stadium fare will also include a tender pork shoulder Bronx-baked hero, Chopped Crispy Chicken & Jalapeno Bacon Ranch Cheesesteak, and the Veggie Bronx Burrito (flour tortilla, cheddar cheese, fried sweet plantains, rice and beans, salsa verde, chipotle mayo with a choice of Melinda’s hot sauces).
Among the returnees for the 2023 season are Streetbird that debuted in James Beard Award-winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s adopted hometown of Harlem. It infuses old-school, hip-hop swagger and style into a fried chicken joint with his riffs on comfort food classics. City Winery is back with new Custom blend burger, red wine caramelized onions, garlic herb cheese spread, baby arugula on a toasted brioche bun.
Lobel’s fare will include a Meatloaf Burger (toasted brioche bun, house-made meatloaf burger, crispy fried onions topped with BBQ aioli). Bobby Flay will once again be featuring his American burger concept at Bobby’s Burgers. It combines Flay’s passion for grilling and traveling, bringing to life a menu that captures an array of bold flavors. Other major New York brands returning for the 2023 season include Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Pete Ciarrocchi’s Chickie’s & Pete’s, The Halal Guys, Nathan’s Famous, Wings of New York and Jeffrey Lunak, formerly of “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto’s team brings his Sumo Dog to Yankee Stadium.