If you haven’t taken advantage of a trip to Queens for the annual U.S. Open, you might not realize you’re missing out on a major food event — and also some live tennis. Not to worry, as the folks from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) are offering an early taste of the food that awaits those interested in checking out this year’s tournament.
Beginning Monday, August 11, and continuing through Wednesday, August 13, a USTA food truck will stop at select locations throughout Manhattan to offer up complimentary items including lobster rolls, brisket from Hill Country, and Richard Sandoval’s steak tacos. Guests can also choose from David Burke’s filet sliders as well as chicken or meatball sandwiches.
Festivities kick off at Madison Square Park at noon. At noon on Tuesday, the truck will be on site at Union Square. The three-day tour wraps up at Bryant Park on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.
All items are available on a first come, first served basis.
Tennis aficionados who seek out the truck will receive a special promotional code to receive select two-for-one tickets. During Monday’s event, fans get the opportunity to take a photo of the U.S. Open trophy.
“A lot of sporting events, people assume you just have hot dogs and hamburgers. The U.S. Open has always had those innovative food offerings. We wanted to bring those interesting options to a broader audience,” says Nicole Kamkam, managing director of marketing at the USTA whose team helped launch the new endeavor.
Though the truck won’t be making the rounds once Rafael Nadal and company start swinging their racquets, guests can expect to find a wide variety of food — and adult beverage — options beginning Saturday, August 23. You can peruse the full lineup of dining experiences available on the U.S. Open’s website.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 8, 2014