How to Eat Well During the U.S. Open
Forget team Federer or Nadal, everyone can enjoy New York’s unrivaled food scene at the 2011 championships
You’ve read the predictions (even Brad Gilbert’s), have committed the draw to memory, re-watched McEnroe videos on YouTube, and started dreaming about your seat at Arthur Ashe. There’s something palpable in the air; something wonderful is imminent. Yes, with the end of summer always comes the magical two-week run of the U.S. Open.
Whether you’re coming all the way from California or just from Brooklyn, traveling to the U.S. Open means experiencing Grand Slam tennis up close and personal. It also means getting to indulge in the multicultural sights, sounds, and most importantly, flavors of New York. In Queens alone, you'll find Chinese food in Flushing, Greek food in Astoria, and they’re the perfect cure for pre- or post-match hunger pangs. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/mirsasha)
Hotels, too, are welcoming tennis fans with open arms by offering U.S. Open packages from the Meatpacking District to Midtown. So, where to go if you’re here for the tennis, but want to dive into the food scene, too? Where can you make sure your friends watching that gripping five-setter on TV at home are amply jealous? We’ve got you covered.
Sleep: There are plenty of fabulous hotels in New York, but a handful are offering worthwhile U.S Open deals. To sleep among like-minded tennis fiends, head to:
Gansevoort Meatpacking District and Park Avenue: The “Gans, Set, and Match” package offers Champagne, sliders for two, two Lacoste polo shirts, Gansevoort caps, and unlimited weekly Metro cards. Starting at $462/night in the Meatpacking District, $492/night on Park Avenue.
Sanctuary Hotel: We wouldn't tell you to stay in Times Square if it weren’t for this U.S. Open package, which offers two nights of luxury accommodations (with free upgrades), skincare by Serena Williams kit, Team “Rafa” shirt (Federer fans need not apply), complimentary access to The Sports Club/LA, and an unlimited weekly Metro card. Starting at $499/night.
Hotel Jolie, Williamsburg: Hankering for a stay in Brooklyn? Book a room at Hotel Jolie with their U.S. Open Tennis Special, which includes complimentary breakfasts and Metro cards for easy to-and-from transport.
Eat: Whether you’re dining around your chosen hotel or sneaking out of the tennis center for some delicious Queens eats, there’s plenty to keep you fully satisfied. Read on for our top recommendations.