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2021 US Open returns to Queens presenting a diverse lineup of dining options

The Lobster BLT from Lure Oyster Bar at the Food Tasting at the 2019 U.S. Open. (Photo by Darren Carroll/USTA)

This year, along with the return of word-class tennis and entertainment at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, the 2021 U.S. Open is welcoming back fans with a wide variety of dining options, reflecting the vibrancy and culture of New York City. 

After last year’s tournament was held without spectators due to COVID-19, the 2021 U.S. Open is presenting a lineup of world-renowned chefs and dining options curated by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hospitality partner Levy. 

There will be multiple on-site restaurants and concession areas near the courts offering fans the ultimate premium food experience — from pizza and tacos to sandwiches and seafood.

“The U.S. Open food experience is second to none as we bring the bold flavors of New York for fans from around the world to enjoy during this world-class tournament,” said Danny Zausner, chief operating officer of USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “We will offer fans a mix of new concepts and returning favorites and we are proud to support and spotlight the New York food scene here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.” 

The U.S. Open attracts more than 700,000 fans throughout the course of the tournament that will take place from Aug. 30 through Sept. 12. U.S. Open Executive Chef Jim Abbey and a culinary team of 250 prepare cuisine across seven restaurants, 60 concession stands and 90 suites.

Among the returning favorites, there are some new restaurants — such as Eataly, Los Tacos No. 1, Stuf’d, Stacked Sandwich Shop, San Matteo NYC and URBAN — that will be serving up some delicious cuisines.

Here’s a complete list of the dining options that will be offered at the 2021 U.S. Open tournament:

Food Village & Concessions 

The Rainbow Chicken Sandwich from Fuku at the Food Tasting at the 2019 U.S. Open. (Photo by Darren Carroll/USTA)

Eataly: Eataly encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease to prepare its dishes, and the many qualities that Italy has to offer. Focused on providing high-quality, sustainable products for all, Eataly is the largest Italian retail and dining experience in the world, transforming the way consumers experience food, beverage and culture.

  • Tagliatelle Bolognese
  • Caprese
  • Prosciutto and mozzarella
  • Tiramisu

Los Tacos No. 1: Los Tacos No. 1 was created after three close friends from Tijuana, Mexico, and Brawley, California, decided to bring the authentic Mexican taco to the East Coast. The authentic taste comes from family recipes and from fresh, simple and tasteful ingredients straight from home. In every taco from Los Tacos No. 1, there is a bit of true Mexican culture and flavor. 

  • Carne asada tacos
  • Pollo asado tacos
  • Adobada pork tacos
  • Nopal cactus tacos

Stuf’d (new in 2021): Stuf’d is based in Brooklyn and serves a variety of Stuf’d gourmet sandwiches.

  • The Ace – Garlic buttered Texas toast with braised, pulled chicken breast tossed in house barbecue aioli and Colby Jack cheese
  • The Corned Beef – Garlic buttered Texas toast with corned beef caramelized in a strong ground mustard and Swiss cheese

Stacked Sandwich Shop: Local to Forest Hills, Stacked brings sandwiches and salads using only the best ingredients.

  • Vegan muffuletta
  • Stacked OG
  • The Rueben
  • Kale Caesar with roasted chicken

San Matteo NYC:  With multiple Manhattan locations, San Matteo NYC brings the tradition and expertise of Neapolitan pizza from Salerno, Italy, to the U.S. Open for the first time. 

URBUN:  Baos and boba teas from this new addition to Backyard x17 will delight with an array of refreshing teas and mouth-watering bao buns.

  • Classic pork belly bun
  • Fried eggplant bun
  • Pork dumplings
  • Classic milk tea
  • Strawberry matcha milk tea

Pat LaFrieda’s: New York’s finest meats and fresh produce return to U.S. Open concessions:

  • Filet mignon steak sandwich
  • Prime rib sandwich
  • Roasted chicken sandwich

‘Wichcraft: Carefully sourced, thoughtfully prepared, clean food. Award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft brings its hand-crafted sandwiches and salads to U.S. Open concessions this year including the following menu items:

  • Grilled flank steak and kale sandwich: Flank steak, sautéed kale, aged cheddar roasted red peppers, garlic dressing, pressed ciabatta
  • Roasted turkey & avocado: Roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, balsamic onion relish, aioli, toasted ciabatta
  • Grilled chicken & spicy slaw: Grilled chicken, avocado, coleslaw, sweet chili sambal, crema, toasted ciabatta
  • Chopped chickpea and roasted pepper sandwich (vegan): Chopped chickpea, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, cucumber, arugula, lemon vinaigrette, toasted ciabatta
  • Grilled chicken & avocado salad
  • Sweet corn & tomato Salad
  • Kombucha ice pop

FIELDTRIP: Acclaimed Chef JJ Johnson’s innovative Harlem restaurant FIELDTRIP will serve its worldly heirloom rice bowls to all fans in its Food Village location, including the following:

  • Chicken bowl: Crispy fried or grilled chicken, Carolina Gold fried rice, sticky barbecue sauce
  • Braised beef bowl: Texas brown rice with spicy black beans, turmeric yogurt and braised beef
  • Veggie bowl: Jollof basmati rice, roasted broccoli, vegan cucumber yogurt, Nana’s Bread
  • Salmon bowl: China black pineapple fried rice
  • Cornmeal crusted cod: Herbed rice, tartar sauce
  • City Cobb salad:  Marinated chicken, Boston Bibb lettuce, edamame, zesty ranch, carrot chile Dip, mozzarella cheese, crunchy yucca rice, avocado
  • Quinoa bao buns: Veggie patty, avocado cilantro sauce, creamy mozzarella, yucca chips  

Oakberry: The trendiest place to satisfy those looking for lighter options, açai bowls, will be served with fans’ choice of toppings including fresh fruit and granola

Fuku: Momofuku Chef and Founder David Chang’s fried chicken shop returns in multiple locations featuring spicy chicken sandwiches, craveable tenders and fries, and more, including the double chicken burger.

Hill Country Barbecue: A New York favorite and staple at the U.S. Open for several years returns with signature house-smoked meats and barbecue sides:

  • Pulled pork sandwich: Hill Country’s signature smoked, pulled pork and barbecue sauce

Korilla BBQ & Poke Yachty: Both Korilla and Poke Yachty are featured in Food Village, serving their signature take on Korean barbecue and fresh fish bowls:

  • KBOP rice bowl – Bulgogi, chicken, pulled pork or spicy tofu

Le Chef Paul’s Creperie: Chef Paul Denamiel’s fresh-made sweet and savory crepes will wow fans:

  • Le Classic: Jambon blanc, grated Emmental cheese, Mornay sauce
  • La Banane: Sliced bananas and chocolate

 Curry Kitchen:  A U.S. Open staple, Curry Kitchen returns serving up kati roll wraps, lamb handi, tandoori chicken, samosa, naan bread and more.

 Melt Bakery: Handmade ice cream cookie sandwiches made fresh daily, including two new flavors this year:

  • Cinnamax: Snickerdoodles with cinnamon ice cream
  • Evil Twin: Chocolate chip cookies with chocolate ice cream

Celebrity chefs and on-site restaurants

(Photo via Instagram/ New York Steakhouse)

Fare by Alex Guarnaschelli (new in 2021): New to the U.S. Open, experience Fare by Alex Guarnaschelli. Enjoy a seasonal menu of greenmarket-inspired dishes from world-renowned chef Alex Guarnaschelli while overlooking the fountains of the South Plaza.

Champions by Benjamin Steakhouse: One of New York’s top steakhouses takes over Champions this year, serving expertly prepared steaks, chops, seafood and traditional steakhouse sides in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Mojito by David Burke: The menu will be a Cuban-Asian-American fusion spot and is located on the ground floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium near the Heineken Red Star Patio Cafe.

ACES: Michelin Star recipient chef Ed Brown and Masaharu Morimoto once again team up to dazzle diners at the U.S. Open’s pre-eminent seafood stop. Guests can expect amazingly fresh, delicately prepared fish and unparalleled, hand-crafted maki.

Fly Fish: Chef Josh Capon returns with iconic lobster rolls, poke, ceviche oysters and more at two Fly Fish concessions locations.

Louis Armstrong Stadium concessions

(Photo via Instagram/Ben & Jerry’s)

Louis Armstrong Stadium offers an incredible selection of cuisines and dining environments at concessions housed in the stadium, including the following:

  • OMG Tacos, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Franks & Fries, Fuku, Grand Slam Grill, Grey Goose Bar, Heineken Bar, Korilla BBQ, Stacked Sandwich Shop, San Matteo NYC and Pat LaFrieda Meat Co.

Beverage spotlight 

General view of fans around the grounds at the August 2019 U.S. Open. (Photo by Brian Friedman/USTA)
  • Kim Crawford Wine Bar: The official wine of the U.S. Open will #MakeARacket at the Kim Crawford wine bar and several wine kiosks located throughout the grounds. In addition, their signature frosé will be served at their main bar located in the Food Village.
  • Grey Goose Honey Deuce: The official cocktail of the U.S. Open
  • Grey Goose Frozen Honey Deuce: A frozen twist on the official cocktail of the U.S. Open will be served at multiple locations including the Food Village, Grandstand and Amex Lounge located in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
  • Lavazza: Lavazza returns with the Cookie Crema-espresso, a new special treat made with coffee sorbet and served in an edible cookie cup, available at their Food Village location
  • Pineapple Green Tea (Poke Yachty): A tropical twist on green tea
  • Strawesome Lemonade (Korilla BBQ)
  • Boba Tea (Urbun): Rose Milk Tea – Rose, milk assam black tea, tapioca pearls

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