Three Restaurants Pitching Their Eats for Spot at Citi Field
QUEENS — A popular Austin Street restaurant is stepping up to the plate for a chance to serve Greek specialties during Mets games this summer at Citi Field — one of three city restaurants vying for the spot.
Corfu Grill, which has been serving souvlaki and mousaka in Forest Hills for 10 years, is vying with Ceetay, a Thai restaurant in The Bronx, and Lady M Confections, a Manhattan-based boutique bakery, specializing in cakes and crepes.
Fans can vote for their favorite restaurant online until Friday, June 6, and the winning eatery will be serving food at a Citi Field concession stand until Sept. 28, when the Mets play their last home game, as first reported by Edge of the City.
Georgios Aspiotis, 41, the owner of Corfu Grill, said he is confident he will win.
“My food is the best,” he said.
As of Thursday afternoon, 44 percent of voters favored Corfu Grill, 29 percent voted for Lady M Confections and 26 percent chose Ceetay, according to the Mets' website.
The restaurants were chosen by Citi as part of its new program — the Citi Small Business Call Ups — from among the bank's small business clients, Citi said.
The goal of the program is to "present a local New York City restaurant with the opportunity to showcase its cuisine during the second half of the New York Mets’ 2014 season at Citi Field," according to Citi.
Aspiotis said that Greek food can easily compete with hot dogs and burgers traditionally served during baseball games.
“The world has changed,” he said. “Many people are looking for healthier options. And hot dogs are not very healthy.”
Aspiotis said that if he wins, the menu will depend on what he will be able to make at the concession stand. But he is already planning to serve chicken kebabs and lemon potatoes, described on the restaurant’s website as “Corfu Grill’s secret specialty.”
Fans will be able to try the food from the winning restaurant for the first time on July 5, when the Mets play the Texas Rangers.