Yankee Stadium III is ever growing and evolving as a ballpark. From the new LED Strobe Lights verifying that a home run was hit, to confirmation from the front office that we lesser, more scum ridden fans are not really welcome in the Legends seats, our new baseball home still finds numerous ways to surprise us. While we sit in the stands and wonder why Strobe Light by The B-52's is not played after the Yankees dinger it up, we can reflect on the new selection of food they offer to us in return for suffering through Stephen Drew last year.
We reviewed the Barnyard Wedding last time, which is more a "desperate cry for help" than it is a food item. Perhaps the Barnyard Wedding's unique blend of deliciousness and masochism helped many fans deal with the Yankees' horrid start to the season. The Yankees are doing a lot better though. Perhaps the G.O.A.T. Burger, our latest selection off the menu, will also do better.
For starters, it's good to know that the Triple Play kitchen in Yankee Stadium has an A rating. While your food may not exactly be that good for you, at least it's clean.
This display tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the G.O.A.T. Burger. The acronym is both arrogant and boastful, which are qualities I like in my food. It has are a whopping 1,050 calories, so while not as high as the 1,120 calorie count from the Barnyard Wedding, you might want to hit the elliptical machine after the game and stay on it for a good two days. Don't worry though, the $16 price is still the same as the Barnyard Wedding because lower calories doesn't actually mean cheaper. Finally, you have your toppings. It's essentially a bacon cheeseburger with pastrami and "G.O.A.T. Sauce," which only adds to the ego of this burger.
Since this burger is pretty much pure narcissism, I decided that I needed a picture with it. I'm not saying I'm the G.O.A.T. Pinstripe Alley food reviewer, but I'm not not saying that either. Honestly though, I was way more excited to try this burger over the Barnyard Wedding because it actually looks reasonable and the ingredients sound a lot better than that monstrosity. After eating it, I can tell you that it was.
I cannot say that the G.O.A.T. Burger is indeed the greatest burger of all time, but it's one of the best burgers I've had at any baseball stadium. That could simply be because I've never really associated burgers with baseball. When I think baseball, I normally think hot dogs or sausages. This burger is not like the Barnyard Wedding, in that the latter is more of a crazy novelty than it is a consumable food choice. The G.O.A.T. Burger is delicious and the different flavors blend really well together.
For starters, the burger itself is not just a simple flat patty, nor is it an overwhelmingly large size patty. It's simple, juicy, and whatever "custom blend" of beef they use tastes pretty good. The bacon is indeed nice and crispy, as bacon should be, and the pastrami goes well on top of it. The G.O.A.T. sauce tastes like some kind of custom blended mustard mix. It goes perfectly with the pastrami on top, since pastrami and mustard are an absolute must together.
The combination of flavors were so good that I was never bored while eating the burger. After each bite, there was never a point where I thought I was eating a disgusting novelty like the Barnyard Wedding. The G.O.A.T. Burger actually looks and tastes like someone sane thought about a decent, delicious burger to serve for human consumption. To say it's superior to the Barnyard Wedding would be an understatement.
Final Verdict: The G.O.A.T. Burger is one of the best burgers and food items I've ever eaten while watching a game at Yankee Stadium. While I wouldn't do it often due to the price and other, cheaper food options, I would definitely drop another $16 to eat this burger again one day. Highly recommended.
There will be more Yankee Stadium food reviews coming. I'd like to say I'm going to try the Double Play, but I have not quite figured out the physics behind actually trying to eat that thing.