UBS Arena will celebrate distinctive New York flavours when it opens to fans of National Hockey League (NHL) team New York Islanders later this month. 

The new arena will offer a range of New York-inspired meals, snacks and beverages delivered by hospitality company Delaware North

Fans will be able to enjoy food brought to them by New York Metro area food providers and brands, as well as chef-driven menus and locally inspired signature dishes. Ticket holders will experience the smells and tastes of New York in the concession areas, VIP suites and premium clubs. 

Hank Abate, president of arena operations at UBS Arena, said: “The focus on bringing a true local New York flavour throughout the culinary offerings will provide our guests with a unique experience they can only find at UBS Arena. 

“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.” 

Local eateries waiting to impress NHL fans include The Harrison, an establishment in Floral Park known for its cheeseburgers and French fries. It will be featured at three outlets in the general concessions area. Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue will offer slow-smoked brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork sandwiches. Milk Bar, a dessert brand founded in Manhattan, will also have three concession outlets. 

Blue Line Deli & Bagels will sell its iconic blue and orange bagels, as well as classic deli sandwiches. The Sausage King of New York will delight fans with its Italian sausage and other meal products. 

Delaware North has designed a traditional concessions service that will involve a mix of hot, fresh, ready-to-go meals, snack and beverage options. 

Specialty foods will also be available to meet the demands of various diets and religions, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal items. 

Ted Donnelly, executive chef for Delaware North, said: “The New York area is known for its food and that will be on full display at UBS Arena. Fans have a much more elevated expectation of their food and drinks when attending events these days, so our goal is to provide a culinary experience that matches the world-class sports and entertainment events they’re coming to see.” 

The 19,000-seat multi-purpose UBS Arena is due to open the weekend of November 20, with the New York Islanders’ first game coming against Calgary Flames. 

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