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Restaurant At Barclays Center Touts Other Team’s Cuisine

Exterior view of the Barclays Center (credit: Brad Kallet/CBSNewYork.com)

Exterior view of the Barclays Center (credit: Brad Kallet/CBSNewYork.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – If cheesesteak is on the menu, the Philadelphia 76ers must be in town. Tex-Mex? Dallas Mavericks.

A restaurant at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is serving “enemy food” with a menu that is inspired by whatever team the hometown Nets are playing.

The 40/40 Club and Restaurant started the promotion in January.

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Other Barclays Center vendors offer local specialties like the famous Junior’s cheesecake, but Barclays Center vice president of marketing Elisa Padilla said arena officials wanted to provide something different by offering a taste of the opposing team’s city.

“For us, food is such a big experience and a big part of coming to Barclays Center,” Padilla told 1010 WINS. “Obviously we’re all about creating memories and we know that when people come to sporting events or concerts they love to eat so this is just trying to enhance that experience.”

Some teams come from cities with an easily identifiable cuisine, like Memphis barbecue for the Grizzlies, but other cities like Washington, D.C. are harder to peg.

“This has been a great experience for the chef because we’re the only arena that’s doing this type of program,” Padilla said. “The chef and culinary team have had to be creative and really think out of the box to come up with some great offerings.”

The restaurant charges a set price of $60 a person.

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