Brooklyn’s refugee-run restaurant Emma’s Torch opening at Citi Field this season

March 24, 2023

Photo by Kate Glicksberg exclusively for 6sqft

Emma’s Torch, the Brooklyn restaurant-nonprofit that provides refugees with culinary training, will operate at Citi Field this season. The Carroll Gardens-based eatery will be one of the newest vendors at the New York Mets home stadium this season, offering sliders, black-eyed pea hummus wraps, and tamarind barbecue wings.


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Emma’s Torch food options include sliders with special sauce for $13.50, a black-eyed pea hummus wrap for $10, and tamarind barbecue wings with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce for $14. The restaurant will set up shop at the Highball Club on Citi Field’s Promenade Level.

“The great American pastime is powering new careers for the newest Americans,” reads a press release from the organization. “Now that’s a call we can all agree on!”

Founded by Kerry Brodie, Emma’s Torch is a restaurant that doubles as a culinary school for refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of trafficking. The establishment is named after Emma Lazarus, whose poem “The New Colossus” is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Applicants who are accepted to the restaurant embark on an 11-week paid program that teaches them how to cook in a high-pressure setting, work on English skills, and helps with career planning.

“If I have one background, someone else a different one, but we have this shared experience of cooking with our mothers and grandmothers, there’s got to be something else we can do to propel change,” Kerry previously told 6sqft.

On March 25, the Mets are hosting Amazin’ Day, a first-of-its-kind citywide event series to get fans ready for the upcoming season. At select locations across the five boroughs, fans wearing Mets gear will get free admission to events at Gotham Comedy Club and the Met Opera and access free experiences at the Brooklyn Museum, Hudson Yards, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mets fans can also enter the Amazin’ Day Sweepstakes, where the lucky winner will throw out the first pitch and meet the players during batting practice.

The first home game for the Mets takes place on April 6 against the Miami Marlins.

Over in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium is offering a selection of new vendors and food options for its 2023 season, including a Wagyu Beef “99 Burger” as a nod to Aaron Judge. The Yankee home opener is on March 30 against the San Francisco Giants.


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