Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki would probably agree: Nothing is more crucial to tennis than the serve. That’s as true on the tennis court as it is on the food court. At this year’s U.S. Open, which starts Monday, 700,000 spectators are expected to descend upon Flushing Meadows. To feed them, Levy Restaurants expects to lob out about 225,000 hamburgers and hot dogs, 85,000 pounds of poultry, 7.5 tons of seafood and 35,000 pounds of tomatoes.
Serving all that and more will be a familiar list of players. In fact, you'll find only one new entry in the Food Village — Chinatown, which features such fare as Sichuan chicken stir fry, sweet and sour pork and vegetable fried rice. New Delhi Spice has added a shrimp kati roll to its menu and the South Plaza Cafe now has gluten-free snacks and gluten-free Red Bridge Beer. Of course, you can still count on the Carnegie Deli for hot pastrami or corned beef sandwiches. Other food stand options: Franks N Fries, Fresca Mexicana, Stonyfield Farm and Sweet & Savory Crepes.
For those whose tickets allow entry to restricted access restaurants, there’s fine dining at ACES (sushi by Masaharu Morimoto), Champion’s Bar & Grill and the U.S. Open Club.
Ordinary ticket holders can get a sit-down meal, too — at the Cuban-themed Mojito Restaurant & Bar or the outdoor Patio Cafe. Wine lists at all these venues include the sustainable and biodynamic.
In terms of overall food trends, the push toward local sourcing continues in 2011. And you'll find Long Island is a major contributor, with plenty of seafood from Gosman’s Fish Market in Montauk and some produce from Latham Farms in Orient.