Mouthwatering Eats at U.S. Open

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Lauren Scala
Juan Martin del Potro competes against Dominic Thiem in Round 4 of the Mens Singles Tournament.
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Amidst the 46.5 acres of the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the only thing that outnumbers the 33 DecoTurf tennis courts is the number of dining destinations now available on the grounds.
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The US Open is the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, which means a lot of hungry fans to feed. Dining options this year include a revamped open-air food village, a smaller one at the new Grandstand, additional concessions at new Court 12, an Oyster Bar and 5 on-site full service restaurants.
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Celebrity Chef David Chang created the exclusive Fuku Spicy Fried Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich for this year’s event. The habanero-brined spicy fried chicken thigh topped with applewood smoked bacon, Fuku ranch, and pickles on a Martin’s potato roll has quickly become a fan obsession. The line gets rather lengthy for a taste of this one. Get there early.
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The US Open Signature Burger is a custom blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors topped off with a slice of melted american cheese. The juicy treat is available at all of the Prime Burger stands and almost all of the sit down restaurants on premises.
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BLT Fish Shack is a new addition to the Food Village offering classic east coast seafood like this New England style lobster roll. You can also get your claws on one at Oyster Bar, which serves fresh local oysters and other raw bar items. This year 7.5 tons of crab, shrimp, and lobster will be served during the tournament.
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The “Honey Deuce” has been the signature cocktail of the US Open for almost a decade now and is perhaps the event’s most instagrammed item. The vodka, lemonade, and raspberry liqueur drink is garnished with 3 melon balls inspired by the game. Almost a million of them have been served over the years.
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Soom Soom Vegetarian & Mediterranean Bar located near Court 12 is the first solely vegetarian and vegan dining option at the US Open. They offer health conscious Mediterranean dishes like this Falafel sandwich served on a freshly baked pita, topped with Israeli salad and a side of Tahini. If you ditch the pita bread the house made falafel is completely gluten free for those who have dietary restrictions.
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Village Market in the Food Village is also a great stop for the health conscious eater. The Mediterranean salad is a popular item with tender grilled chicken, feta cheese crumbles, olives, tomatoes, chickpeas and more. A ton of salad is served at the US Open, literally. They estimate 12.5 tons of lettuce will be eaten this year.
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Korilla BBQ is making its US Open debut bringing signature Korean flavors to the games with the KBOP Bulgogi Bowl, a rice bowl with caramelized kimchi, fire roasted corn, garlic spinach, beansprouts and bulgogi (marinated rib eye). Other popular items include their Korean tacos and Kimcheese fries.
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Angry Taco is another newcomer this year. Chef David Burke and ESquared Hospitality serve a variety of tacos, nachos, Mexican street-style corn, guacamole and other spicy and flavorful favorites. The carne tacos are pictured above.
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The expanded South Plaza is now home to two dining all-stars. James Beard Award Winning Chef Tony Mantuano’s Wine Bar Food and Pat LaFrieda Meat Co.
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There are only 3 places in NYC where you can sink your teeth into a Pat LaFrieda Filet Mignon Sandwich and one of them is the US Open. This tender, juicy, medium rare filet mignon served au jus with melted monterey jack cheese and caramelized onions is a crowd pleaser. The meatball sub is also quite memorable.
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James Beard Award Winner Chef Tony Mantuano’s Wine Bar Food returns for another year to the US Open but this time with some new menu items. In addition to his signature Italian dishes, he’s added a selection of warm paninis and a longer wine list.
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Wine Bar Food’s beverage menu offers both wines and other refreshing cocktails like the Sgroppino. Chilled lemon sorbet with prosecco and a slash of vodka is cool cocktail for a hot summer day or night session.
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The brand new Grand Stand Food Village features 8 eateries including Hill Country Chicken, BLT Fish Shack, Prime Burger, Ben & Jerry’s, and Oyster Bar.
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An outpost of the popular Manhattan restaurant Toro has joined the 2016 festivities. Sit down and enjoy a full service meal while watching the latest matches on big screen TVs. Brought to you by James Beard Award Winning Chef Ken Oringer and partner Jamie Bissonette the Spanish tapas restaurant serves pincho boards with cured spanish ham, toasted olive oil and tomato breads, seafood tapas, and more.
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Chef David Burke is back at the US Open and at the helm of BLT Prime, which boasts a more formal dining experience. On the menu you’ll find creative presentations of delicious dishes and everything from his famous Clothespin Bacon to a 20 oz. Kansas bone-in dry aged steak.
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In addition to all of the eats, you can also get your hands on some official US Open apparel at one of the 18 shops on-site.
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