US OPEN ANNOUNCES THE 2019 SLATE OF AWARD-WINNING CHEFS, AND INTRODUCES AN ARRAY OF ECLECTIC CULINARY AND FINE DINING OPTIONS
World Renowned Chefs José Andrés, Tom Colicchio and Jacques Torres Debut their Signature Creations, while many US Open Culinary Veterans Return with
Fan Favorites and New Flavors
FLUSHING, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2019 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hospitality partner Levy today introduced several dining options that will be served during this year’s US Open throughout the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The unparalleled dining experience curated by the USTA and Levy serves up chef-driven, elevated menu items to more than 700,000 fans annually across the Food Village, various restaurants, and other concessions areas.
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.
Chef David Burke who draws on years of US Open experience, will craft the menu at Mojito Restaurant & Bar. 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.
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.
Food Village & Concessions
Butterfly (new in 2019): One of the new dining destinations from award-winning Chef José Andres and ThinkFoodGroup will serve an array of artfully-crafted tacos, traditional tortas, and more at two locations – Food Village and Arthur Ashe Stadium’s Club Level:
‘Wichcraft (new in 2019): Carefully sourced, thoughtfully prepared, clean food. Award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft brings its hand-crafted sandwiches and salads to US Open concessions this year including:
Dumpling Galaxy (new in 2019): Since opening in 2014, Flushing’s own dumpling shop from lauded chef and owner Helen You has introduced the masses to a limitless variety of melt-in-your-mouth dumpling flavors. Now available in concessions, the menu includes:
FIELDTRIP (new location in 2019): Acclaimed Chef JJ Johnson’s innovative Harlem restaurant debuted at last year’s US Open. This year, FIELDTRIP will serve its worldly heirloom rice bowls to all fans in a new Food Village location, including:
OakBerry (new in 2019): The trendiest place to satisfy those looking for lighter options, acai bowls, will be served with fans’ choice of toppings including fresh fruit and granola
Fuku: Momofuku Chef and Founder David Chang’s fried chicken shop returns in multiple locations featuring spicy chicken sandwiches, craveable tenders and fries, and more:
Hill Country Barbecue: A New York favorite and staple at the US Open for several years returns with signature house-smoked meats and BBQ sides:
JoJu: JoJu’s modern take on traditional Vietnamese sandwiches and fan favorite dishes returns to the US Open:
Korilla BBQ & Poke Yachty: Both Korilla and Poke Yachty are featured in Food Village, serving their signature take on Korean BBQ and fresh fish bowls:
Le Chef Paul’s Creperie: Chef Paul Denamiel’s fresh-made sweet and savory crepes will wow fans:
Melt Bakery: Hand-made ice cream cookie sandwiches made fresh daily, including two new flavors this year:
Melt Shop: Fans can take comfort food and mouthwatering melted sandwiches on-the-go from NYC’s comfort food haven, including classic grilled cheeses and more:
Pat LaFrieda’s: New York’s finest meatsand fresh produce return to US Open concessions:
Celebrity Chefs & On-Site Restaurants
Champions by Benjamin Steakhouse (new in 2019): One of New York’s top steakhouses takes over Champions this year, serving expertly-prepared steaks, chops, seafood and traditional steakhouse sides in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Mojito by David Burke (new in 2019): The menu will be a Cuban-Asian-American fusion spot is located just across the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Café Spiaggia: Modern Italian dining in a casual, friendly environment. Café Spiaggia returns with refreshing, inventive menus crafted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and “Top Chef” Season 15 Winner Joe Flamm. Fellow “Top Chef” alum Joe Sasto also joins the Café Spiaggia kitchen at the US Open this season.
Wine Bar Food: Also by Chef Tony Mantuano, Wine Bar Food returns with an elevated, approachable menu of light and refreshing dishes, from mozzarella and burrata to the famous flaming ouzo shrimp, and an impeccable wine list.
ACES: Michelin Star recipient Chef Ed Brown and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto once again team up to dazzle diners at the US Open’s pre-eminent seafood stop. Guests can expect amazingly fresh, delicately prepared fish and unparalleled, hand-crafted maki.
Lure Fishbar: The flagship SoHo restaurant from John McDonald’s Mercer Street Hospitality and acclaimed Chef Josh Capon returns with iconic lobster rolls, oysters, and more at two Oyster Bar concessions locations.
Louis Armstrong Stadium Concessions
After a successful opening at last year’s tournament, Louis Armstrong stadium continues to offer an incredible selection of cuisines and dining environments at concessions housed in the stadium, including:
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