Our Where-To-Drink Guide for the US Open
For tennis fans in New York, the start of September means clearing out the calendar, buying some tickets, and heading up to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens to attend the US Open. This year, the Open runs August 31–September 11, sure to be two weeks of those hot, end- of-summer days; as such, we’ve here compiled four top spots to toss back a glass of something cool and boozy, to counter the heat and add an extra shot of excitement to the games.
Grey Goose Vodka Bar
Similar to mint juleps being part and parcel of the Kentucky Derby, Honey Deuces go hand-in-hand with the US Open. Now an annual tradition, Grey Goose Vodka sets up camp at the Open at its Grey Goose Bar—located both in the Food Village as well as the Grandstand Food Village for added convenience—keeping fans fueled throughout the days with their delicious concoction. A variety of other specialty cocktails are served as well, but the Honey Deuce is de rigueur for downtime between matches. Happily, the recipe is no secret either, so tennis fans watching from home can enjoy the Deuce as well: fill a glass with crushed ice and pour in a shot and a bit of Grey Goose, fill to just below the rim with fresh-squeezed lemonade, add half a shot of Chambord or raspberry liqueur, and garnish with honeydew melon—preferably shaped as balls in honor of the game.
Heineken Red Star Café
To take a break from the stands without missing a swing, head to the South Plaza fountains and up a flight of stairs to reach the Heineken Red Star Café. Think of it as an upgraded version of a neighborhood sports bar, with the breeze blowing refreshingly through the open-air seating area, and nearly 20 TVs showing what’s happening live on each court. Aside from the requisite draft Heinekens, there are also a few other beers available along with a menu that ups the ante of game-viewing food, with brats and wursts instead of hot- dogs and hearty sandwiches that chef Mario Carbone has designed in years past. To kill some time with a filling meal and a couple of cold ones, this is where to come.
Mojito Restaurant & Bar
1950s Havana may be the last thing one would expect to walk into at the US Open, but thanks to the Mojito Restaurant & Bar, such manner of escapism is now an integral part of each year’s tournament. It’s undeniably one of those “only in New York” institutions; where else could one be in stands one minute, and dining on ceviche and lobster in an upscale Latino establishment the next? Lemon-colored walls, black and white tiles, and an outdoor patio set quite the scene for the more discerning diners at the Open, and, of course, the strong and minty mojitos are certain to wash away any and all residual anxiety from nail-bitingly close matches.
To punctuate matches with a bit of wine tasting, globally loved Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek is attending the Open for the first time this year, installing itself as a bar in the Food Village where drinkers can saddle up and order from a menu of nice vintages. With Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic as one of its brand ambassadors, Jacob’s Creek seems to be spreading the message that wine and tennis are a perfect match, and who would disagree? A chilled chardonnay from Adelaide sounds like an ideal way to cool o on a sunny afternoon; a fine glass of the Two Lands cabernet would make a perfect toast to a favorite player’s victory. Other cocktails will be served as well.