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New CitiField Eats - Pat La Freida Steak Sandwich

BillyBob | Aug 7, 201211:21 PM     3

While the Mets seem poised to make the jump into permanent irrelevance, it still can be pleasant to take in a game and experience some of the interesting - although potentially prohibitively expensive charms of Citi Field. The new Pat La Frieda steak sandwich place appeared tonight, just next to shake shack in the left center outfield area. It offers a piece of griddled filet mignon smothered in some form of cheese with au jus and carmelized onions on a French style roll. The meat seemed tender and picked up enough flavor from the cooking process to be surprisingly good. The cheese was fine. The bread was close to outstanding - crusty enough to hold the whole contraption together despite the liquid from the jus and onions. But, the onions - which were brown from some sort of balsamic vinegar - were cloyingly sweet and excessively dominating. I don't think that the sandwich is worth the $15 price tag but it was in interesting enough effort to merit a second try later on, maybe once they iron out the kinks and maybe without the onions. But, it got us to talking about the sandwich as an interpretation of a New York style Philly cheese steak. Yes, it suffers from a wall street-like price tag, but it also is an interesting riff on the classic from our neighbors of brotherly love. We ended up discussing how to make it better and/or somehow uniquely New York. Some form of Siracha/remulade sauce maybe (neither of which has anything to do with New York)? While worth a try, it probably will never replace a Mama's or even Korean, if not shake shack or blue smoke. The line at this stand was longer than the line at shake shack - have we New Yorkers finally reached the edge of our tolerance/love for the shack burger? At least The Mets ownership is focused on delivering new food alternatives, even if the Mets are just the same old Mets. They lost, 4-2.

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