Best food and drink at the 2022 US Open tennis tournament
Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it also marks the start of tennis season in New York City.
Fans around the world will soon take to the grounds of the US Open Championships to watch elite players and thrilling matches, including Serena Williams attempting to claim a historic 24th Grand Slam victory before beginning an ‘evolution’ away tennis.
And while they’re watching the games live at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, they’ll also be snacking on some of the best and most diverse dining options in all of sport. With a wide range of choices – from celebrity chef-run pop-ups to gourmet food stalls to bars serving specialty cocktails – there’s something for every taste and budget.
Cocktails. If you’re not posting a picture of the Honey Deuce at the US Open, have you been there?! Gray Goose’s signature summer cocktail is back and just as refreshing (and photogenic) as ever. The vodka-enriched lemonade is mixed with raspberry liqueur, topped with three honeydew melon “tennis” balls and served in a US Open commemorative cup. Tennis veterans know to get their drink early in the tournament as glasses often sell out a few days before the final matches. For something a little cooler on hot days, opt for a Frozen Honey Deuce – a blended, gooey version of the cocktail – sold at various locations around the grounds.
If you can’t make it to the US Open this year, make your own Honey Deuce at home with the Gray Goose recipe shared with PEOPLE.
Coffee. For an anytime pick-me-up, Lavazza cafe is the place to stop. Along with a selection of freshly brewed coffee drinks and boozy tails, fans can grab one of their four ready-to-drink canned cold brews: classic cold brew, nitro cold brew, double shot with oat milk and cappuccino. For a sweet coffee and dessert treat, choose an edible cookie cup option: Coohkie Torinese, a cookie cup with cereal, espresso with hazelnut cream and whipped cream, and the Cookie CaprIa cookie cup spread with hazelnut cream, espresso and creamy milk.
Summer drinks: It’s August in New York, and it’s hot. Cool down with refreshing Pineapple Green Tea (a tropical twist on iced tea) at Poke Yachty or Strawberry Yuzu Lemonade (a tangy, fruity lemonade) at Korilla BBQ.
Hidden gems: American Express Cardmembers have access to on-field experiences and benefits, including the Fan Experience Card Members’ Lounge (see Experiences below) and the exclusive Centurion Suite (for Platinum and Centurion card members). In the suite on the second floor of Louis Armstrong Stadium, guests can relax at the bar and sip specialty cocktails created by famed mixologist Jim Meehan.
CELEBRITY CHEF AND FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANTS
Pricing by Alex Guarnaschelli: The Food Network star returns for the second year with his Italian pop-up, serving dishes like watermelon and feta salad, cavatappi pasta with yellow tomato sauce and shrimp cocktail. For dessert, the chef will also serve her Baked Summer Berry Crumble, which she shared exclusively with PEOPLE. Get Guarnaschelli’s recipe here or by picking up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
ACES: It’s a trio of Michelin-starred chefs at the US Open seafood restaurant. Chefs Michael White, Ed Brown and Masaharu Morimoto have teamed up to serve a gourmet selection of fresh fish dishes, artisan sushi and maki and handmade pasta.
The Centurion Suite: American Express Platinum cardholders can feast on a selection of dishes created by award-winning chefs Cedric Vongerichten, Michael Solomonov and Ignacio Mattos. The tables in the exclusive restaurant can be booked through Resy throughout the two-week tournament.
Emirates Sports Cafe: Located on the west side of the South Square, It is the place for a casual meal with table service (read: no queuing for your order). Equipped with large televisions, your group can order a variety of food and drinks without missing a minute of the tennis action.
Mojito by David Burke: At the Cuban-American fusion venue at the foot of Arthur Ashe Stadium, diners can order appetizers like guacamole and roasted corn and crab dip, or delve into heartier dishes like grilled cubano sandwiches and grilled red snapper.
Benjamin Steakhouse champions: At this stadium outpost of New York’s steakhouse, order their signature Porterhouse steak with creamed spinach and thick bacon strips.
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Eatally: The super Italian emporium serves Mediterranean specialties, such as tagliatelle Bolognese, caprese salad, prosciutto with Parmiagiano and Rossopomodoro pizza.
Taqueria Nixtamal: Stop for chicken tacos, fries and guacamole, and Mexican-spiced corn on the cob.
Van Leeuwen ice cream: The popular ice cream shop offers something for everyone. Choose from options like honeycomb ice cream and vegan cookies and crème caramel swirl to coffee affogato to brown sugar cookie dough. Or opt for the US Open special: The Topspin Treat is vanilla ice cream topped with rainbow sprinkles, cookies and cream crumble and a skewer of tennis balls.
The Crabby Shack: This Brooklyn spot will serve seafood dishes on game day, like lobster rolls — both mayo-based and Connecticut-style with butter — and Nashville hot fish sandwiches.
Feeding point: For a healthier option, try a fresh smoothie (like their Tropical Dream or Cucumber Mint) and a salad (like their hearty veggie-filled turkey salad).
Gourmet Garage: Choose from sandwiches (like their turkey and brie over focaccia) or sushi (like the lobster volcano roll) or chilled fruit (like their watermelon salad).
“The Mixer” video series: Hosted by Peloton star Ally Love and presented by Emirates, the series will air between games on select nights. Episodes with star interviews with celebrities aattend matches as well as live experiences in the luxurious Emirates Suite located on the center court of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
American Express Fan Experience: Located near the main entrance to the park, the Fan Experience is open to all ticket holders. Cardholders, however, will be able to play Glow Tennis on the digital courts and receive free tennis-themed manicures. Keep an eye out for celebrities as they visit to meet and greet fans.
Emirates Ball Flight: The fan-favorite tradition continues! After each match, the members of the Emirates cabin crew gives the winning player(s) tennis balls to sign before they toss them into the crowd – and three lucky fans go home with the ultimate souvenir, courtesy of the tournament’s official airline .
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