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The 12 Best Places to Eat in and Around the US Open 2021

From killer Chinese food in Flushing to top-notch tacos inside the stadium.

Jimmie48 Photography/Shutterstock
Jimmie48 Photography/Shutterstock
Jimmie48 Photography/Shutterstock

The US Open is back in NYC, held once again at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, Queens. If you’re venturing out there to catch all the world-class tennis this year, you won’t want to miss out on all the great food both inside the stadium and nearby in neighboring hoods like Flushing and Corona. Here are our picks for the best places to eat in and around the stadium.

Inside the stadium

Los Tacos No.1
Los Tacos No.1
Los Tacos No.1

Los Tacos No. 1

The famed taco stand that originated inside Chelsea Market is one of the must-visit food destinations at this year’s Open. Founded by three friends from Tijuana, Mexico and Brawley (CA), each taco is made with homemade tortillas that are hand-pressed to order. For a meat-free option, try the nopal taco-a combination of grilled cactus on a flour or corn tortilla. But you can’t go wrong with their classic carne asada or pollo asado in either taco or quesadilla form (with cheese).

Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country

Hill Country is an NYC staple, specializing in Texas-style barbecue and items like brisket and sausages. But you can also indulge in items like their frito pie, or grab one of their signature house-smoked meats and BBQ sides. The fan-favorite pulled pork sandwich, filled with Hill Country’s signature smoked pulled pork and BBQ sauce will also be making an appearance during the games.

Chef Josh Capon
Chef Josh Capon
Chef Josh Capon

Fly Fish with chef Josh Capon

Burger Bash champ Josh Capon also knows a thing or two about cooking great seafood. Known for his sophisticated, boat-inspired NYC seafood restaurant, Lure Fishbar, chef Capon returns to the Open this year bringing iconic lobster rolls, ceviche oysters, poke and more to not one but two concession locations.

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Maksim Toome/Shutterstock
Maksim Toome/Shutterstock

Aces with chef Ed Brown and Masaharu Morimoto

Located on the 3rd and 4th levels of the Arthur Ash stadium, Aces brings a combination of local and seasonal seafood for lunch, dinner and after the matches. Satisfy your seafood cravings with prepared fish and hand-crafted maki. Aces is available to courtside box ticket holders and luxury suite guests.
How To Get In: Reservations via OpenTable.

Fare by Alex Guarnaschelli

New to the US Open, chef and Chopped host Alex Guarnaschelli brings the flavors of freshly picked vegetables with a seasonal menu of greenmarket inspired dishes. Soak in the view of South Plaza and the greenery of the tennis field while enjoying dishes from one of America’s most accomplished top chefs.

Nearby:

Park Side (old-school red sauce Italian)

Corona
Just steps away from the stadium in nearby Corona, this restaurant offers a variety of classic Italian-American red sauce dishes along with a side of nostalgia. Choose from items like their wild mushroom ravioli or treat yourself to their broiled boneless aged prime steak.

Xi'an Famous Foods 西安名吃
Xi’an Famous Foods 西安名吃
Xi’an Famous Foods 西安名吃

Xi’an Famous Foods

Flushing
One stop away on the 7 train, popular chainlet Xi’an Famous Foods offers a taste of western Chinese cuisine in the heart of Queens. If you’re vegan you can pick up their chang’an spicy tofu with bold flavors of black rice vinegar and cilantro, or their spicy and sour spinach dumplings.

Shanghai You Garden
Shanghai You Garden
Shanghai You Garden

Shanghai You Garden

Flushing
Shanghai You Garden in Flushing specializes in traditional Shanghainese cuisine. With an enchanting, modern and peaceful interior, the dining experience includes colorful and flavorful menu options including garden special soup dumplings, and pine nut bass with sweet and sour sauce.

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao
Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Flushing
​​Soup dumplings from Shanghainese restaurant Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao are some of the best in Flushing. Try their signature namesake filled with pork; and there’s also the very popular combo of crab meat and pork. Other varieties include truffle pork, chicken soup, and scallop, or try a taste of each in an order of their lucky six. And don’t get too full of dumplings because you wouldn’t want to skip out on the rest of their menu either. The sliced beef and tripe are good bets as well, served in a spicy sauce along with any of their signature dim sum, noodle soups, fried rice cakes, an assortment of cold appetizers. And you can also purchase their soup dumplings frozen to easily steam up for dinner later.

Tiger Sugar
Tiger Sugar
Tiger Sugar

Tiger Sugar

Flushing
If you’re willing to brave the long lines at popular Taiwanese bubble tea chain’s Main Street location, you’re in for a treat. Tigar Sugar’s signature brown sugar milk with boba, tiger jelly, and cream mousse is a must-try just based on aesthetics alone. Chocolate malt, latte, and milk-less versions are also on the menu and all make for the perfect (sober) liquid lunch or post-game pick me up.

KimGaNae

Flushing
Conveniently located in Main Street Flushing, KimGaNae’s Korean comfort foods can help you live out your favorite K-drama fantasy to get you through your workday. Popular with students and young people alike, their expansive menu offers tteokbokki, ramyun, kimbap, donkatsu, curries, and more — all with a dizzying amount of different options for each.

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gkrphoto/Shutterstock
gkrphoto/Shutterstock

White Bear

Flushing
Convenient, affordable, and just straight up delicious-Chinese dumplings’ mass appeal make them a common menu item available practically everywhere, but you’ll want to head to White Bear in Flushing to taste the city’s finest. Here, at the last stop of the 7 Train line in Queens, a flourishing Asian community makes up 63% of the population, resulting in an abundance of eating options that include this popular spot open since 1989. What you’re here for is an order of the Number 6: A dozen pork wontons with pickled veggies and a spice rub, all topped by a drizzling of chili oil. Like so many great hole-in-the-wall spots, a big part of White Bear’s charm is its no-frills experience, with most of the excitement coming in each bite.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

Náosha Gregg is an editorial assistant for Thrillist.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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