Chef Masaharu Marimoto presents sushi and sake at USTA introduction for eclectic culinary and fine dining options at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Photo: Lev Radin/Gildshire)
It’s that time of the year again that should be marked on every foodie’s calendar, the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York City. Does that seem like an odd statement? Surely the US Open should be the highlight of every tennis fan’s calendar, and it is, yet the food at the US Open is a highlight all of its own!
Every year the US Open Food Village brings the very best in culinary delights and this year is no exception. The unparalleled dining experience curated by the US Tennis Association (USTA) and Levy, its hospitality partner, serves up chef-driven, elevated menu items to more than 700,000 fans annually across the Food Village, various restaurants, and other concessions areas.
The big names at the US Open are not only the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but renowned chefs that will bring the heat off the court and onto your plate. Joining the culinary line-up for the first time are three-time James Beard Foundation recipient José Andrés, along with Top Chef alum and nine-time James Beard award recipient, Tom Colicchio. Other Top Chef alums Joe Flamm and Joe Sasto will join James Beard award-winning chef Tony Mantuano at Café Spiaggia, while award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier Jacques Torres will also make his US Open debut. Now this is an impressive lineup!
The food at the US Open has always been in a league of its own but this year it seems that the USTA has outdone itself as far as quality and variety. From tacos to grilled steak, you will find something to enjoy at the Food Village.
This year, Chef David Burke who draws on years of US Open experience, will craft the menu at Mojito Restaurant & Bar, and for the first time, Champions will be renamed “Champions by Benjamin Steakhouse” in partnership with the popular New York City steakhouse led by brother-in-laws and co-owners, Benjamin Sinanaj and Benjamin Prelvukaj.
It’s rare to find such a perfect marriage of cuisine and sport but the USTA brings the best of the best to the tennis loving public and those who want to enjoy an extraordinary culinary experience.
Elevated Food Village and concession options will delight fans from chefs such as Harlem’s James Beard award-winning recipient JJ Johnson who will be returning to a new location in the Food Village, and newcomer Helen You of Dumpling Galaxy from nearby Flushing Queens.
A culinary team of 250 prepare cuisine across five restaurants, 60 concession stands and 90 suites await you in New York City, therefore you are sure to find everything your heart desires and more. This year head to the Billie jean King National Tennis Center for more than just spectacular tennis action, let the USTA thrill your taste buds, as you enjoy your favorite tennis stars heat up Center Court!