The U.S. Open & Culinary Discoveries in Queens
Tennis, a culinary trip around the world, an abandoned skating rink.
So, you want to go to Queens? Bet you didn’t know that you could get your tennis fix for the year in this part of NYC. Yep, that’s right: The U.S. Open takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens.
Snag early tickets to watch your favorite tennis pro and gaze at the rich and famous hanging out court-side. Tennis fans with multiple summer homes…they’re just like us! Truly, this really is America’s most exciting and popular tennis tournament, and Flushing Meadows makes for a pretty cool backdrop. Lastly, if you have a minute to kill, stroll over to the spaceship-looking abandoned roller rink. You can’t miss it and it’s a slice of old New York.
But wait, before you leave Queens, there’s more! The Open isn’t just an opportunity to ogle some of the world’s best athletes, but also a great time to explore one of NYC’s most culinary-rich boroughs. Take advantage of the distance and make time for foodie pit stops in these neighborhoods: Astoria, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Long Island City. Here, you’ll find the best Greek (Taverna Kyclades), Argentinian (La Fusta), Mexican (Casa Enrique), Chinese (Golden Shopping Mall), Ecuadorian (Chiflez), Colombian (Arepa Lady), Filipino (Papa’s Kitchen), and more.
For some extra action in Queens, hit up the Museum of the Moving Image, Noguchi Museum, MoMA PS1, and Socrates Sculpture Park.
A boutique hotel in the heart of Manhattan that won’t break the bank? That’s not easy to come by. It may not be in Queens, where the U.S. Open takes place, but Queens is far from most mainstream NYC attractions. So here’s your opportunity to stay at one of the tournament’s most preferred spots. We love Refinery’s convenient location near multiple subway stations, which makes it accessible to explore the city, and is an easy ride on the 7 to Flushing Meadows.
The Surrey, in all its glorious old New York style, is a great choice when in town for the U.S. Open. We’d never tell you to take two trains and walk a mile just to see some tennis. So why did we pick a hotel that far away? The Surrey would rather do the heavy lifting for you–some of their packages include arrangements for getting to and from the tournament. Staying in the Upper East Side is the way to go if you don’t want to compromise on NYC refinement. The area has great museums, shopping, and scenery–and is a picturesque drive over the Queensboro Bridge to reach Queens for the tournament.
This Affinia hotel makes the cut because they know what people want for the U.S. Open. Located in the quiet Murray Hill neighborhood–far from the tourist-heavy streets but still close enough to attractions and transportations–this is a great no-frills option to consider. Expect decent interiors, great service, and be on the lookout for special tournament-related treatment and perks.
- The Westin New York at Times Square
If it’s the ultimate U.S. Open experience that you seek, then you might just find it at the Westin Times Square. Some players even stay at this U.S. Open partner hotel–but beware of possible run-ins with paparazzi, tourist crowds in Times Square, and those busy, fast-walking New Yorkers running late for work. If you’re willing to dodge humans in the busiest part of town, and just want to be in the middle of the action, then look no further.
- The Carlyle
A staple in New York hospitality, The Carlyle is as iconic as its lush neighbor, Central Park. Look out for special U.S. Open accommodations, and enjoy this stay right near Fifth Avenue action–no one ever said your trip to NYC should be spent entirely on the courts, right? We encourage you to take a load off and grab a drink at their world-famous bar, but if you’re trying to catch Woody Allen on the clarinet, you may need to plan way ahead.