Great Eats on the Way to the US Open
Looking for something great to eat at the US Open this year? While you could partake in the concession stands, the stadium is right in the middle of one of the most culinarily exciting regions of New York. You can travel the world on your way to (or from) the stadium, just by following the 7 Train—a direct line to the stadium from Manhattan. From 40th Street to Flushing, there are great international eats at every stop, from full meals to snack stops. Here are some of our favorites.
1. 40th Street-Lowery Street: P.J. Horgan's
In the mood for a burger, a pint, or some Shepherd's pie? Sunnyside is a the place for Irish food, and P.J. Horgan's has some of the best. Don't miss the Sunnyside Burger—topped with Irish bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried onions.
42-17 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside (map)
2. 46th Street-Bliss Street: Mangal Kabab
Turkish food is next as we slowly make our way towards the stadium. Mangal has falafel, freshly baked "home bread", a nice selection of salads, and their famous lahmacun, a lamb-topped flatbread.
46-20 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside (map)
3. 52nd Street: Sik Gaek
The newly opened outpost of this Flushing favorite, Sik Gaek is known for its seafood stews and live octopus dish. But there is something for everyone at this fun Korean spot, a short walk from the 52nd Street subway stop.
49-11 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside (map)
4. 61st Street-Woodside: Jollibee, Red Ribbon
62-29 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside (map)
65-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside (map)
5. 69th Street: El Sitio
El Sitio is the place for cuban sandwiches with crisp, flat bread, layers of meat and cheese, and a whole lot of attention to detail. Or have a seat on one of the red vinyl stools at this classic luncheonette and check out their Cuban specials.
68-28 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside (map)
6. 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue: Chaat at Maharaja Quality Sweets & Snacks
If you are looking for some filling Indian-style snacks, then this is the right stop. Many different varieties of Chaat, that crunchy, spicy dish full of great flavor and texture is available at many sweet shops and restaurants, and Maharaja serves up a good plate, as well as samosas, sweets, and other vegetarian offerings.
73-10 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights (map)
7. 82nd Street: La Delicia en Pandebono y Cholados
One of my favorite stops, full of Colombian specialties, La Delicia has some of the best pandebonos in the city: warm, cheesy bread, baked fresh throughout the day. They're also a great stop for cholados: icy, fruity, sweet drinks that need to be eaten with a spoon. Round out your meal with fresh, crispy corn-dough empanadas and lots of other breads and snacks.
40-23 82nd Street, Elmhurst (map)
8. 90th Street: Viva Puebla
Stop for elotes, chicharron preparado, and the amazing homemade nieves (sorbet or ice) at the the stand in front of this Mexican restaurant, most of which are only available for a limited time during the summer. If you're lucky, you'll even catch them spinning the nieves by hand in a big wooden barrel of ice, turning fresh fruit into a cold treat.
89-16 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights (map)
9. Junction Boulevard: Warren Street Ecuadorian Food Vendors
On Roosevelt Avenue and Warren Street, a block away from the Junction Boulevard station, carts and trucks are lined up, filled with Ecuadorian specialties like hornado (roast pork), morcilla (blood sausage), ceviches, llapingacho (potato cakes), seco de chivo (goat stew) and much, much more. Definitely worth a stop to see the abundance of food and drinks.
Roosevelt Avenue and Warren Street (map)
10. 103rd Street: Leo's Latticini
A short walk or drive from the 103rd Station, but definitely worth the time, as Leo's Latticini, or Mama's, has some of the best sandwiches in the city—including their famous meatball sandwich, the Mama's Special, and, one of Ed's favorites, the roast turkey and mozzarella sandwich that he deemed, in 2006, as life-changing.
46-02 104th Street, Corona (map)
11. 111th Street: Tortas Neza
For some of the best tortas and tacos in Queens, Tortas Neza, a tiny storefront under the 7 train at 111th Street, is just a stop away from the Open. And if you ask nicely, they might even make you one of their amazing gorditas.
111-03 Roosevelt Avenue, Corona (map)
12. Main Street: Flushing
The last stop on the 7 train is Flushing, and I would be remiss not to mention the Golden Shopping Mall. It's a fantastic place, close to the stadium, to explore regional Chinese cuisine, especially since we have such thorough guides of the first floor and the basement. A food court like no other.
41-28 Main Street, Flushing (map)