You burn a lot of calories getting to Flushing Meadows Park. And once you’re there, you have to get to a stadium and find your seats. Then you have to find your seats. Those steps won’t climb themselves, and every time you applaud you’ll burn about five more calories. If it’s a good match, those calories add up.
In other words, you’re allowed to eat food at the U.S. Open. We’d tell you it’s half the fun, but it’s probably more like two thirds. With that in mind, below you'll find a rundown of the best things to eat - at the concession stands and the restaurants - when you're on the grounds.
We're presenting this guide in partnership with American Express, sponsors of the U.S. Open for more than twenty years. Once you're done eating, head over to the Pro Walk - a mixed-reality experience that gives you the opportunity to feel what it’s like to travel from the player locker room out onto center court of Arthur Ashe Stadium - located at the American Express Fan Experience.
The concessions will be located just outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Here is what’s worth standing in line for.
Bacon makes things better. David Chang knows this. He made this sandwich especially for the U.S. Open, and there will absolutely be people lining up to try it. Get there first. Don’t be the only person who doesn’t have a fried chicken sandwich with strips of bacon falling out of it.
You want these when you’re hungry in a primal, cave-person sort of way. They’re thick pieces of chicken, breaded and fried - nothing you haven’t had, but somehow more appropriate when you’re watching sports. Dip them in the barbecue sauce.
Weather at the Open will be sunny and warm, so you might as well have some barbecue. You’ll have a bite of this sandwich and feel like you’re at a huge backyard gathering that a bunch of really good tennis players showed up at.
This is a one-bowl solution. There are bean sprouts, corn, kimchi, and spinach. There’s also some chopped-up ribeye steak, because bulgogi isn’t bulgogi without a lot of beef.
Remember all those times someone asked you what you were eating, and you didn’t say filet mignon? This is your opportunity to change that. Eat it in front of a friend and tell them to ask you what you’re eating. If they refuse to ask or ignore you, that’s a friend we approve of.
If you want the full restaurant experience, Toro, Aces, and BLT Prime have their own spaces for sit-down dining. Here’s the best stuff they offer.
We don’t know why they put bacon on a clothesline. But you must have this bacon - it'll be like you’re eating thick, maple-flavored laundry that happens to taste amazing. It takes a while to chew, and you will cherish every second.
Tartare in any form is an essential part of any perfect diet. This tuna version from BLT Prime is light and fresh, and it comes with potato chips that make it just unhealthy enough. We assume they serve it in bucket size. If they don’t, ask how many servings you can order and if they have something shaped like a bucket.
Lots of restaurants some sort of "elote" slathered in mayo and cheese - Toro’s take uses aioli and aged cheese. Even better, it’s served off the cob. Because this is the U.S. Open, not Disneyland.
We can’t promise it’s going to be cheap, but the sushi at Aces will be a solid option. Masaharu Morimoto will be overseeing the operation, so if you’re into food that celebrity chefs have touched, this is also a good option for that.
At first, this sounded like something they serve in a nursing home just before lights out. But this cake is actually quite good. It comes with coconut sorbet, and that plus the pineapple makes you feel like you’re at the beach. Also, this has set the bar very high for our future nursing homes.
Children, plug your ears. To the rest of you: if you get one thing at the U.S. Open, get a Honey Deuce (it’s a vodka cocktail with lemon and raspberry). Start your day with a Honey Deuce, and have another before you leave. Also, have nine in between - then adopt a dog before the buzz wears off and name it Honey Deuce.