The Mets will introduce three Queens based small businesses to be featured at the Taste of Queens food portable during the 2024 season
FLUSHING, N.Y., January 25, 2024 – The New York Mets today announced the selection of three Queens based small businesses to be part of Citi Field’s all-star culinary lineup in 2024. Poprice, RyRy’s Kitchen and Benny’s Cuban Café are the three small businesses that will be featured at their community-focused portable ‘Taste of Queens’ on a rotating basis throughout the season.
The Mets, who were named the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Stadium Food, debuted the Taste of Queens portable last season in Taste of the City on the field level concourse. The goal of the Taste of Queens portable is to give back to the community by providing exposure for Queens based small businesses and helping them share their story with the fans at Citi Field.
“Poprice, RyRy’s Kitchen and Benny’s Cuban Café all have such unique stories and cuisines that will help us continue to elevate our dining options at Citi Field,” said Mets Vice President of Hospitality Taryn Donovan. “It means so much to the Mets organization to be able to highlight local small businesses through the Taste of Queens program, and we’re so excited to have these three incredible businesses join Citi Field’s 2024 culinary lineup.”
Poprice will be the first Taste of Queens restaurant featured at Citi Field from Thursday, March 28 – Tuesday, May 14. Shuai Zhang, Owner and Chef of Poprice, opened the small business in 2022, transforming the simple art of fried rice into a modern culinary spectacle. Every dish on Poprice’s menu is a fusion of tradition and innovation, blending classic and contemporary Asian American flavors. Poprice’s menu at Citi Field will include:
- Egg Fried Rice – Egg, Chinese Pickles, Poprice Special Seasoning, Scallions, Garlic & Soy Sauce
- Egg Fried Rice with a Chicken Teriyaki Skewer– Halal Chicken Thighs, Poprice Secret Marinade
- Egg Fried Rice with a BBQ Beef Skewer – USDA Prime Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Poprice Secret Marinade
RyRy’s Kitchen will be the second Taste of Queens restaurant featured at Citi Field from Friday, May 24 – Sunday, July 14. Chef Rayan Campbell was born in Jamaica and moved to New York City in 2016 where he later opened RyRy’s Kitchen in Queens. Chef Rayan has been dedicated to boldly enhancing classic tastes while innovating traditional and new recipes, bringing unforgettable Caribbean flavors to RyRy’s Kitchen. The menu for RyRy’s Kitchen at Citi Field will include:
- Yardmon Burger – Jerk Patty, Coleslaw, Sweet Plantains, Mango Chutney, RyRy’s Jerk Sauce served on a Martin’s Potato Roll
- Jerk Chicken Sandwich – Jerk Rubbed Boneless Chicken Thigh, Coleslaw, Jerk Aioli served on a Martin’s Potato Roll
- Sides – Plantains and Cole Slaw
Benny’s Cuban Café will be the final Taste of Queens restaurant featured at Citi Field from Thursday, July 25 – Sunday, September 22. Owner and Chef Mike ‘Benny’ Lopez and Chef Felix Martinez have taken their expertise in traditional Cuban cuisine to make Benny’s Cuban Café the self-proclaimed “Home of NYC’s best Cubano Sandwich”. In addition to providing traditional Cuban cuisine, Benny’s Cuban Café has made an impact in the Queens community by preparing free meals to those in need. Benny’s Cuban Café menu at Citi Field will include:
- Cubano – Roasted Pernil, Smoked Ham, Swiss Cheese, Mustard & Dill Pickles pressed on a Buttered Cuban Roll
- Cuban Nachos – Crispy Plantain Chips, Roasted & Pulled Pernil, Benny’s Flamingo Sauce
In addition to featuring these three small businesses throughout the season, the Mets are giving fans the chance to vote on one of their favorite food vendors from the past to bring back to Citi Field for the 2024 season. Fans can decide between Keith’s Grill, Dan + John’s Wings and Stuf’d. To learn more and vote, visit Mets.com/FanVote.