The Ten Best Dishes at Barclays Center

Boneless wings from Buffalo Boss
Boneless wings from Buffalo Boss
Ross Smirnoff

When the Barclays Center opened in the autumn of 2012, it promised to be a boon to local business. To deliver on that vow, it launched Brooklyn Taste — a collection of no fewer than 55 Brooklyn-based food vendors scattered across multiple levels of the 18,000-seat arena. Most of these purveyors cook up event-friendly fare specific to the venue. Together they represent a wide spectrum of dining options indicative of their home borough's ethnic diversity. Dining at Barclays is unlike the predictable junk-food-fueled experience of a typical stadium. But as at any other sportsplex, it doesn't come cheap. To accommodate the constraints of your wallet — and stomach — we've assembled a list of the ten best dishes to seek out during your next Nets game, rock concert, or (next season) NHL match.

The Ten Best Dishes at Barclays Center
Ross Smirnoff

10. Signature Concrete ($7.50), Junior's, Section 26

This frozen Frankenshake blends organic Blue Marble ice cream with chunks of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and Junior's legendary cheesecake. It's a textural marvel served in a plastic drinking cup, best tackled with a spoon.

The Ten Best Dishes at Barclays Center
Habana

9. Grilled corn Mexican-style ($5.75), Habana, Sections 25, 209/210

Habana's handheld offering is like corn on the cob on steroids: The ear is dusted in a layer of tangy cotija cheese before it takes a bath in chile powder and fresh lime. Each semi-sweet bite is lifted by smoky char from the grilled kernels.

The Ten Best Dishes at Barclays Center
Ross Smirnoff

8. Boneless wings ($11), Buffalo Boss, Section 22

These bite-size morsels of white-meat chicken are caked in a thick breading, which provides ample crunch and a perfect landing pad for generous amounts of spicy buffalo sauce. They're served alongside a pile of Nathan's crowd-pleasing crinkle fries. It's a well-executed, classic combination of flavors that's bungled far too often at inferior venues.



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