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03/25/09 12:45 AM ET

Citi Field to have plenty of food options

Ballpark will mix old favorites with a variety of new menu choices

The New York Mets will open their new ballpark, Citi Field, on April 13, and they'll have a host of menu items for hungry fans.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that famed New York restaurateur Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group has teamed up with the Aramark Corporation to bring improved, expanded food concessions to Queens.

"I've been thinking about this my whole life, and I know what I want at a ballpark," Meyer told the paper.

Citi Field will run the gamut from old Shea Stadium favorites that are being brought to the new ballpark, including Daruma of Tokyo, Mama's of Corona and Gabila's knishes, to newer, higher-end items from Meyer such as pulled-pork sandwiches on brioche buns, steamed corn on the cob with mayonnaise, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper, "dog bites," which are described as Kosher hot dogs coated in matzo meal with brown mustard, Kansas City-style ribs and shrimp rolls.

Meyer will open a restaurant complex called the Delta Sky360 Club as well as a lower-priced food court in left-center field that will be called Taste of the City and will include items from some of his New York properties, such as Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, plus tacos from El Verano Taqueria and Belgian fries from Box Frites.

"If the food makes it a good experience, fans will want to come back," Jeff Wilpon, the Mets' chief operating officer, told the Times.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.