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UBS Arena concessions to stress local offerings

With the opening of UBS Arena for both hockey and New York Islanders (NHL) this month, arena management and concessionaire Delaware North announced a slate of local food and beverage offerings.

The new UBS Arena concessions will apply not only to the standard concourse areas but also to premium clubs, suites and VIP areas. Delaware North will source 75 percent of food ingredients from within a 300-mile radius based on seasonality and has partnered with local and regional vendors to source products that support New York state’s Taste NY initiative. Local branded highlights include:

  • The Harrison, the popular Floral Park eatery known for its scratch made dishes and cocktails, will have a major presence at an in arena food hub, and its famous cheeseburgers and French fries will be featured at three outlets in the general concessions area. 
  • Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, a fast growing, New York born barbeque concept, will offer its slow smoked brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork sandwich varieties as part of the general concessions lineup. 
  • Milk Bar, the famous dessert brand and company founded in Manhattan, will have a featured presence at UBS Arena with three concessions outlets offering its popular Cereal Milk™ soft serve, among other signature treats. 
  • Blue Line Deli & Bagels, whose flagship deli is located in Huntington, N.Y., will have its iconic blue and orange bagels available at several of the market locations throughout the arena in addition to classic deli style sandwiches and specialty bagel sandwiches. 
  • The Sausage King of New York will have its Italian sausage and other premium meat products available throughout concessions as well as in premium suites.

We’ll see concessions offered in a slightly different manner from the traditional arena concessions: 12 market style outlets will offer a mix of hot, fresh prepared food selections complemented by a variety of ready to go meals and self serve snack and beverage options. The markets will use a streamlined checkout process, with mobile ordering and other cashless payment technology. These offerings will include several food options, including street tacos, seafood, modern Chinese, Halal and sausages, a carving station and deli, as well as classics such as pizzas, cheesesteaks, chicken tenders, ice cream, burgers and pretzels. Portable stands will offer both food (popcorn, sushi, BBQ and nachos) and beverages (Vide canned cocktails, Ilegal Mezcal craft cocktails, Claffey Pop spiked seltzers and grab and go locations offering beer and other canned beverages).

“The focus on bringing a true local New York flavor throughout the culinary offerings will provide our guests with a unique experience they can only find at UBS Arena,” said Hank Abate, President of Arena Operations at UBS Arena, via press statement. “In working with our colleagues at Delaware North to bring this to life, we’re excited for fans to taste all these creations starting this month.”

Leading the culinary direction for Delaware North is Executive Chef Ted Donnelly. Donnelly, a Tri-State Region native, has nearly 15 years of experience in high profile settings, including four years with Delaware North at MetLife Stadium and major events such as Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the 2016 NHL All Star Game and 2015 MLB All Star Game. Prior to rejoining Delaware North to lead culinary operations at UBS Arena, he spent five years as senior executive chef for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Rendering courtesy UBS Arena.

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