Hat City Kitchen: The Official Afterparty for New York Rumble Home Games!

By Patricia Rogers

Hat City Kitchen is now the official afterparty spot for the New York Rumble home games!  Last week the Ultimate Frisbee team opened their season playing in their new stadium here in Orange, Bell Stadium.  The world’s fastest growing sport was invented right here in Essex County. There is now a professional league with the New York area team, The Rumble.  The game was invented in 1968 at Columbia High School.

Last Saturday [April 16th] for their second game, the restaurant was packed with post-game excitement.  I liked seeing the diversity in the crowd that enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, being able to witness such camaraderie, and being a part of welcoming the sport to Orange, and Hat City Kitchen.

Upcoming New York Rumble home game schedule:

  • Saturday, April 16 Boston Wildcats at New York Rumble 
  • Sunday, May 1 D.C. Current at New York Rumble 
  • Sunday, May 7 Philadelphia  Spinners at New York Rumble  
  • Sunday, June 5 Boston Wildcats at New York Rumble

From the New York Rumble Website:

"With the stadium move into Orange, NJ we have placed a strong emphasis on connecting with the local community," said Billy Sickles, MLU Partnership Development Associate.  “Hat City Kitchen was a perfect fit given it’s history of community involvement and its proximity to Bell Stadium, not mention it’s great food, drink, and atmosphere.”

In 2010, Hat City Kitchen was rated “Best New Restaurant” by New Jersey Monthly Critic’s Choice, a great recognition for a restaurant whose profits go back into the Valley Arts District revitalization activities.

“Hat City Kitchen and HANDS agreed to work with Major League Ultimate to bring focus to the area as the ‘birthplace’ of ultimate frisbee,” said Patrick Morrissy, Executive Director of Hat City Kitchen and HANDS.  “Our neighboring town, Maplewood, is the home of Columbia High School where Frisbee was introduced into the curriculum in 1968 and the creation of “Columbia High School Varsity Frisbee Squad” in early 1970.  So, having the games played at Bell Stadium in Orange, N.J. is in close proximity to Hat City Kitchen to enjoy the great food, drinks and music."

Read past coverage of the World's Fastest Growing Sport here.

You can go down to Hat City Kitchen to enjoy a special menu, with a coupon you get at the game!

  • 1/2 Price Martinis
  • $4 Domestic Beers
  • $5 Draft Beers ($2 off with appetizer purchase)
  • $5 House Wine Glass
  • Louisiana Clam Chowder $4
  • Hat City Wings $6
  • Hot & Sour Breaded Dill Pickles & Jalapeños
  • Served with buttermilk ranch dressing $5
  • Tempura Fried Zucchini $5

Bell Stadium is located on Bell Street, in Orange, New Jersey.  Hat City Kitchen is located 459 Valley Street in the Valley Arts District.

About the Writer

Patricia Rogers, #ValleyGirlNJ, lives in New Jersey's Valley Arts District.  The native New Yorker works as a writer, blogger and community activist.  Starting Masconsumption Media in 2012, she has been passionate about capturing the stories of the vibrant up and coming Valley Arts District neighborhood through her blog, zine, events and more.  She blogs for Jersey Indie, Luna Stage, and Hat City Kitchen and offers many creative media services.  Visit her blog www.masconsumption.com and keep up with your favorite Valley Girl on social media at @valleygirl_nj (Twitter / Instagram).