The U.S. Open is back in town, and the stars aren’t just on the court. Taking a page from resuscitated stadium fare throughout the city, Flushing’s Billie Jean King Tennis Center is flush with myriad restaurant concepts and notable vendors. So here’s where to eat between sets — from sit-down eateries courtesy of Masaharu Morimoto and Marcus Samuelsson, to an entire “Food Village” featuring David Chang, David Burke and more.
Full Service Restaurants
Mojito Restaurant and Bar: Believe it or not, Swedish-Ethiopian-Southern Soul Food guru Marcus Samuelsson is behind the Havana-themed spot, sating the crowds with Lobster Quesadillas, Cuban Sandwiches and of course, plenty of rum and sugarcane-based beverages, fizzy with soda and lime.
Aces: Ed Brown (of Ed’s Chowder House) and none other than Masaharu Morimoto have joined forces for the love of seafood, preparing Skuna Bay Salmon Crudo anointed with meyer lemon and rice crisps, refreshing sides such as Heirloom Tomato and Yellow Watermelon Salad, and of course, plenty of impeccably fresh sushi, from the Iron Chef himself.
Champion’s Bar and Grill: In addition to manning a number of grab-and-go Food Village stands, David Burke has moved his BLT Prime concept into Champion’s Bar and Grill, serving strips of maple and black pepper-seasoned Bacon draped on clotheslines, Cowboy Bone-in Ribeyes, Crab and Avocado Gazpacho, and his signature Cheesecake Lollipops for dessert.
US Open Food Village
Fuku: In addition to David Chang’s massive line-commanding original (a habanero-braised chicken thigh, house butter and pickles, which comically dwarfs a squishy potato bun), this Tennis Center outpost exclusively offers a US Open Special; the aforementioned sandwich, supplemented with bacon and ranch.
Pat LaFrieda Meat Co.: Though he still wholesales meat to the best NYC restaurants, Pat LaFrieda has made quite a name for himself with stadium diners, thanks to outposts at both CitiField and the Billie Jean King Center, specializing in Filet Mignon Steak Sandwiches, draped with Monterey jack, caramelized onions and jus.
Korilla BBQ: Though Edward Song isn’t as famous a name (yet) as Marcus Samuelsson, he’s still built up quite the New York dynasty, thanks to multiple trucks, an East Village brick-and-mortar and this location, dishing up KBOP Bulgogi (a rice bowl crowned with ribeye, roasted corn and caramelized kimchi), and Tacos stuffed with gochujang-marinated chicken, Korean black beans, and purple forbidden rice.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow, Corona Park