New York City celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda has taken his talents to Citi Field. Last night the meat master debuted a filet mignon steak sandwich stand at a game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. The sandwich features hand-cut 100% black angus seared filet mignon, Monterey jack cheese, sweet caramelized onions, and is served with a secret au jus on a custom-made and toasted French baguette.
LaFrieda’s sandwich was previously available only to family and friends, making Citi Field the first public venue to sell it, and the first restaurant concept from the purveyor. It sells for $15, the same amount that a Lobel’s steak sandwich sells for at Yankee Stadium.
Last night, I visited the stand behind the centerfield wall to check out the sandwich’s opening night reception. The buzz was evident, as there was a slow-moving line of roughly 70 fans waiting for the moist and perfectly seasoned sandwich. Fearful that I might miss a Mets milestone performance (yeah, right), I decided not to brave the nearly three-inning line and returned to my seat hungry and unsatisfied.
Initially the sandwich has received positive reviews from fans who stood in line, as well as from the Mets broadcast team — who received free samples between innings. LaFrieda’s signature product just may be the most exciting thing to happen at Citi Field since, umm, well let’s just say in a long time. Move over Shake Shack!
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