Frank Sinatra and a Ballpark Frank

For a group outing in New York City, find a spot with plenty of room, like the 50,000 seats waiting for you at the new Yankee Stadium. You’ll feel the excitement even from the sidewalk outside, where a sea of Derek Jeter jerseys leads you into the massive concourse. If you’re hungry, a ballpark frank is a classic, but in this new era your crew can also grab sandwiches from Nolita favorite Parm, or steak from fifth-generation butcher Lobel’s.

Once you’re settled into your seats you’ll be talking up the perfect sightlines, which show off the massive centerfield scoreboard and the glowing Kentucky bluegrass below. The game starts, and the knowing crowd will soon be riffing on the opposition. The Bleacher Creatures will get waves from the Yankee defense. The tension builds. You nod to the beer man for another round. You’ve got America’s Pastime and a billion-dollar building that only New York City could produce. Win or lose, you’ll still be soaking in the camaraderie as you file out, with Frank Sinatra over the loudspeakers singing “New York, New York.”

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Eating Culture: New Restaurants for the Arts

In the past couple weeks, two popular chefs have opened their newest eateries with a little more culture then ever before. Culture being literal as the venue for celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s American Table is in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and the team behind the beloved M. Wells Diner has launched M. Wells Dinette, their new eatery inside MoMA PS1 in Queens.

“To me, Lincoln Center symbolizes New York City’s passion for culture and performance,” said Samuelsson. “As a lover of the arts, I am honored to showcase the diversity of the American dining scene at this iconic institution.”

Samuelsson’s new cafe is situated along the large glass windows in the concert hall’s foyer, and is helmed by executive chef Charlene Johnson-Hadley, who worked her way up from being line cook at Red Rooster in Harlem. The fare at American Table includes smoked Caesar salad, turkey meatball sandwiches, country ham biscuits, and, naturally, apple pie.

Over at PS1, chefs and owners Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis have converted an old classroom into their restaurant and offer a daily changing menu with items like escargot, rabbit terrine, and bibimbap with tuna and scallops. For those of you who were looking to try M. Wells’ infamous horsemeat tartar, according to Steve Cuozzo of The New York Post they will not be dishing it out any time soon after a PETA protest. M. Wells Dinette is open the same hours as the museum, but despite the classroom look, don’t expect it to be thronged with children as other museum cafeterias are.

With these new restaurants, almost all the hip cultural centers in New York now have the added draw of destination dining to them, mainly thanks to restaurateur Danny Meyer. His Union Hospitality Group runs The Modern at MoMA, followed by Untitled at The Whitney, and they have upped the food ante at Yankee Stadium by filling it with Shake Shack burgers, shakes, and fries. Now all we need is a true meshing of the two and have more food art.

Photo by Philip Greenberg