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What John and Cait Ate…The NYCE Stadium Club

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

A Nice Dinner in the NYCE Stadium Club

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

This week, Chef John treated us to a gourmet buffet in the NYCE Stadium Club. When it comes to elegant dining with some of the best seats in the house, there is not anything quite like NYCE Stadium Club at Miller Park.  In addition to providing an incredible experience on game days, the NYCE Stadium Club is also a premier location available for holiday parties, wedding receptions or your next function on a non-game day!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Located on the PNC Club Level in the left-field corner, the private NYCE  Stadium Club is an upscale dining experience, offering a panoramic view of the ballpark. The  200-seat, multi-tiered dining room offers a unique  view of the action on the field, a buffet featuring Chef John’s world-class cuisine, and an outdoor patio area for fans to enjoy the Miller Park atmosphere.

The NYCE Stadium Club opens when the Miller Park gates open and the bar stops serving one hour after the game.

Guests can choose to partake in an elegant buffet, order off a menu, dine on the patio, or simply have drinks at the bar.

The buffet changes nightly, featuring a variety of starters, six salads, two butcher block meats and several chef stations. Depending on the menu, the price ranges from $38-$42. Drinks and desserts are offered a la carte.

On the night that we dined in the Club, we were treated to the following menu:

A lunch buffet is also offered during day games, ranging in price from $28-$30. Brunch is also available on Sundays throughout the season. Reservations are required for the dining area where the buffet is served.

The extensive buffet in the NYCE Stadium Club.

For those ordering off the menu, you can choose from several different starters, salads, ballpark staples, sandwiches and desserts.

The starters offered include: fried calamari, fresh Thai vegetable lettuce wraps, grilled chicken quesadillas and more, ranging in price from $9-$15, while the sandwich offerings include: a cuban pannini, a grilled tenderloin sandwich, a black and bleu burger and more, ranging in price from $11-$14.  Guests can also choose from a variety of desserts, ranging in price from $7-$15,  including: blueberry rum creme brulee, a giant root beer float and others, including the ever-popular “The Roof”. The Roof is a dessert comprised of a rich Belgium chocolate brownie mounded with whole vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrups, then topped with fresh whipped cream.  When you order The Roof, be prepared to share–the portion you receive will feed 2-4 people.

If you choose to sit on the patio, which offers an awesome view of the game, you will be able to order from a more limited menu, comprised of favorites such as: ballpark fare, the NYCE chicken caesar wrap and an angus cheddar burger. This menu ranges in price from $4-$12.

The patio at the NYCE Stadium Club is an excellent place to take in the game with a cold beverage and great food. This photo was taken prior to the game on Tuesday, July 26.

As we mentioned, on the night we visited the NYCE Stadium Club, we were treated to the buffet, so read on for our reviews!

John: I’m glad we decided to do this review on a day where I was pretty hungry.  I was really able to try a little bit of everything, which is to me what buffet dining is all about.  I do things backwards and start with my “hot food” and finish up with my salad.  I started with the freshly sliced pork with sriracha mayo sauce.  The meat was very tender and full of flavor, it didn’t even need the sauce, but since I am a sucker for sriracha anything, I tried  it and it added even more.

The baked pasta with Italian sausage was fantastic.  Pasta is often difficult to enjoy in a buffet setting, but this tasted fresh and even had a little spice to it.  Perhaps the highlight for me was the Braised Beef Short Ribs.  The Cabernet Demi added the perfect amount of flavor.

There are always options on a buffet that one would normally not order–the item that is out of your comfort zone, but seems somewhat intriguing.  For me, that item was the sweet and sour duck confit.  That is definitely not an item I would ever order if I saw it on a menu (and especially an item I wouldn’t think I would ever eat at a baseball stadium!), for that reason, I had to try it.  I really didn’t have anything to compare it to, but it was pretty good.

With so many different options, it is hard to go wrong and while it sounds cliche, there really is something for everyone.  The whole experience is different than one would normally expect to have at the ballpark–white linen tablecloths, fine china–but that is what makes it so much fun.  You have an amazing view of the field (my advice would be to get there early and watch batting practice from there) and some amazing dishes prepared fresh daily by Chef John and his staff.

If you are looking to have one of those “special occasion” dinners prior to a Brewers game, this would most definitely be the place to do it.

Chef John encouraged us to try a little of everything. Here's just one of John's plates!

Cait:  There is something for everyone on this buffet–and then some! My favorite part of a buffet is that I do not have to commit to any one dish–I can sample as many as I like and sometimes, things I might not be brave enough to order as an entree, such as the sweet and sour duck confit, which was very good, or the pretzel crusted tilapia, which was quite different, but also very good. I also enjoyed the variety of salads-there are six different ones and from the tuna nicoise to the pesto chicken tortellini pasta, all of the ingredients were fresh and paired in interesting ways. Speaking of pairing ingredients in interesting ways, I really enjoyed the shrimp, crab and corn stew, featuring those ingredients along with peppers and red potatoes in a cilantro cream base. It was delicious! The chicken cacciatore, which is slow cooked bone-in chicken with peppers, onions, mushrooms in a spicy tomato sauce and served with polenta, was also excellent.  It reminded me very much of what my grandma used to make and it rivaled her recipe! This buffet had my taste buds in overdrive and I was stuffed–I didn’t even leave room for dessert, even though I was hoping to try “The Roof”. Maybe another day!

As a side note, I have mentioned in previous posts that I had my wedding reception at the NYCE Club at Miller Park (then The .300 Club) and the food was excellent then as well. Four years later, our guests still rave about the great time they had at our reception and I know that the primary reason is the unique and memorable venue that sets things apart from your average banquet hall, restaurant or hotel, and the excellent food, of course! See below for more information on hosting events at Miller Park.

Here's a photo of our groomsmen at our very memorable wedding reception in what is now the NYCE Stadium Club. Check out that backdrop!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The NYCE Stadium Club is located in the left-field corner on the PNC Club Level at Miller Park.  The most convenient access to NYCE Stadium Club is located at the North East corner of the ballpark by the Left Field Gate. Club members and their guests should use NYCE Stadium Club elevator or escalator to access the main Club entrance. Only NYCE Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club.

How Do I Get Access to the Club?: Only NYCE Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club. Entrants are required to present a valid master membership card and / or dated guest pass for entry into the club. All Milwaukee Brewers Season Seat Holders are eligible to apply for a limited number of NYCE Stadium Club memberships. All Field, Loge, and Club Level seating full season ticket accounts with a minimum of two (2) full season tickets (excluding Field Bleachers), receive a complimentary membership to the NYCE Stadium Club. All 20-Game Business Plan accounts in the same areas also receive a complimentary membership. Annual membership dues are $500.

Admission to NYCE Stadium Club requires every person to present either a master membership card or a valid dated guest pass. Each primary owner is issued one membership card to the Club, which permits the bearer plus up to three (3) additional guests entrance to the club. The owner also receives four game-dated entrance passes (guest passes) for each scheduled Brewers home game.

To make dinner/lunch reservations, you can call (414) 902-4707. Reservations are not needed for the Lounge, Bar, or Patio areas of NYCE Stadium Club. Food service in the lounge, bar, and patio areas will end at the completion of the seventh inning.

Click here for more details.

Did You Know?: Miller Park provides Milwaukee with year-round accommodations for both business functions and social events. Through our Brewers Enterprises division, Miller Park can accommodate groups of 25-300 people in our banquet rooms and our event planners are available to assist with all aspects of your event from special audio/visual set-up needs to entertainment recommendations. In-house catering by DNC SportService offers extensive menu options for any event as a gourmet buffet, sit-down dinner service or an upscale passed hors d’oeuvres reception. For more information, or to schedule your next event at Miller Park, please contact Brewers Enterprises at (414) 902-4452 or event.info@brewers.com.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…Do You Want Fries With That?

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

Do You Want Fries with That?

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

New this year, Sportservice has opened a french fry stand, Pop’s Fry Bar, down the left-field line on the Field Level and this week, Chef John treated us to a variety of gourmet fresh-cut french fries!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Pommes Frites-$4.50

Dipping Sauces- $.75 each

Behold the cone of pommes frites (pronounced pawm-FREEt)! You may think that’s a fancy name, but when you taste them, you’ll understand why they aren’t just called “french fries.” These fries are fresh cut, tossed with kosher salt and fried in vegetable oil, so they contain no trans fat. Although so flavorful that they can stand on their own, Sportservice offers an assortment of dipping sauces to choose from. There’s an Asian-inspired cucumber wasabi, a spicy creole red pepper, a tangy roasted garlic mayo, and the traditional ranch–four flavors guaranteed to appease any palate.

John: Quite a generous portion here!  These fries were very fresh and had the perfect amount of crisp to them.  They are also the basis for all the dishes below.  I’m not a fan of the more traditional thin-cut pommes frites and these fries were cut thick, but not too thick.  The creole red pepper (had a little spice to it) and roasted garlic mayo (the garlic flavor was not overpowering and added the right amount of flavor to the fries) were my favorite of the dipping sauces.

Cait: These pommes frites were light and airy, definitely not overly greasy like fries can often be. I’m a fan of kosher salt, so I appreciate that touch as well. I’m also a big fan of ketchup. In fact, that’s an understatement–I’m one of those people who puts ketchup on my ketchup! The point is, though, that I didn’t need it at all. These fries can definitely stand on their own.  If you’re feeling saucy, however, the dipping sauces are definitely worth a try! Of the four, my favorite was the cucumber wasabi; I found it to be very refreshing. That’s Chef John’s favorite pick as well.  The runner up for me was the creole red pepper which had just a little kick to it. The ranch was good, but it was, well, ranch. I’m not a fan of mayo, so I’m reserving judgment of the roasted garlic mayo.

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Next up…

The Montreal- $7

Blame Canada. These fries get their name from the combination of toppings. In Canada, fresh cut fries covered with gravy and fresh cheese curds are known as poutine; hence, the Montreal. At Miller Park the gravy is of the hearty beef variety and the cheese curds are fresh from Wisconsin.

John: Poutine seems to be somewhat of the rage lately as I see it more and more at various restaurants.  With much respect to my Canadian friends in the organization (Doug Melvin, Gord Ash and John Axford), I had a hard time eating these.  They were kind of heavy to eat on a hot day.  Also, the gravy took away from the crispy texture and natural flavor of the fries.

Cait: Out of all of the fries, these were my least favorite, but perhaps this is an acquired taste, eh? On their own, the fries and cheese curds were both very good, but I don’t put gravy on my mashed potatoes, so I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t enjoy it on my fries or on the cheese.

Rating:

(out of 5)

 

 

 

 

Garlic Fries- $7

Chef John’s personal favorite and Miller Park’s best seller, these garlic fries are seasoned with fresh chopped garlic, parsley and olive oil.

John: Those Brewers fans who are headed to San Francisco’s AT&T Park this weekend for the Brewers-Giants series will definitely notice the smell of garlic fries in the air.  Garlic fries are famous and AT&T Park and no longer will you have to travel to the Golden State to try them as you can now get them at Miller Park!  The smell is quite overpowering but the taste was very good.  I have always enjoyed cooking with garlic as I believe it adds to the taste of any dish.  The fries kept their crispy texture with the garlic/olive oil seasoning.  I definitely enjoyed these, but please brush your teeth when you are done!

Cait: The garlic fries are tied for my favorite fries, but if you’re going to the game on a date, make sure you split these with your significant other because they are very, er, aromatic.  In fact, just sitting in the same row as these fries would probably be enough to help Buffy slay those vampires, but it is so worth it because they are delicious. Plus, I reason (well, rationalize) that with all of garlic’s purported health benefits, these fries must not only taste good, but also be good for me!

Rating:

(out of 5)

 

 

Chili Cheese- $7

Zesty chili, creamy cheddar cheese sauce and chives top these fresh cut fries.

John: If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, these will fill you up fast.  I love chili and make my own from scratch at home, but chili cheese fries have always been a little overwhelming for me.  This particular version was great and the flavors worked very well together.   It was very messy, but with a fork and knife and some patience, you are in for a treat.  I wouldn’t have these on a July afternoon at Miller Park, but they sure would taste good in October–for many different reasons, of course!

Cait: The portions on all of these fries are very generous; these are no small fries!  In particular, with the chili, these fries were like a meal and demanded to be consumed with a fork. Thus, I found myself getting full quite quickly. I could never eat this entire order by myself, but I think they would be great to share!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Smothered & Covered- $7

These fries are reminiscent of a loaded baked potato and with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, sour cream, crumbled bacon and chives, the term “smothered and covered” is an understatement.

John: I have always enjoyed potato skins so these were definitely one of my favorites.  The fresh cut fries along with the perfect amount of cheese, bacon and sour cream made for an awesome ballpark snack for two.  Not quite the complete meal that the chili cheese fries were, but still a great combination of flavor.  All of these dishes are delicious because they all start with good fries.  The good fries are what makes all of these dishes worth a shot.

Cait: These fries tied for my favorite. They tasted like potato skins and each bit had just the right ratio of ingredients. Again, you’ll need to grab a friend or two and some forks because this messy treat is super-sized.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these fries can be found at Pop’s Fry Bar, located behind Section 129 on the Field Level (near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner).

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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