Eating at the US Open is convenient but very expensive, even for a simple meal. Instead, try our top ten picks for an easy dinner or brunch in Queens on your way to the US Open.
They all serve great food, at reasonable prices compared to the US Open (or Manhattan for that matter). Some are casual eateries, others more formal and expensive. And, they're all convenient to the US Open at Flushing Meadows by the #7 subway or the LIRR train (Port Washington line).
Best Italian at Il Toscano
The US Open is top drawer, and your dinner afterwards should be nothing less. Unless, that is, you'd rather not pay Manhattan prices for one of the best meals in New York City.
Il Toscano, just yards from the Nassau County border, is spectacular. Make reservations and prepare to be pampered by the service and the tastes of its northern Italian specialties.
- Douglaston LIRR station (6 stops, about 15 minutes from the US Open)
Jackson Diner for Indian
The Jackson Diner helped start New Yorkers on Indian food 20 years ago, and it remains a delicious, dependable favorite in Jackson Heights' Little India.
The Jackson Diner can easily accommodate a crowd, and the tastes still wow.
- E, F, 7, G, and R to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street (6 stops to US Open)
Tournesol - French for Brunch or Dinner
You're barely in Queens, but already the French food costs half as much for the quality of the specials at cozy Tournesol in Long Island City.
Tournesol is a great choice on weekends for brunch on your way to the Open, or any night on your way home for fine French cooking.
- #7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave (6 stops on the express to US Open, or 16 stops on the local)
All that tennis got you craving protein? Uncle Jack's is an old-school meat house. Even Mayor Bloomberg was known to drive out to Bayside to enjoy its USDA prime and Kobe beef steaks.
- Bayside LIRR station (5 stops, a little less than 15 minutes from the US Open)
Sripraphai is special, a neighborhood Thai eatery that has become a city-wide draw for one of the best and most authentic Thai menus. Fried watercress salad? Yes, it's possible. Yes, it's delicious. Go on a sunny day, sit in the back garden, and get your sweet/hot/sour taste buds going full steam before tennis.
- LIRR train to Woodside (1 stop, 5 minutes to the US Open), or
- #7 train to 61st St (2 express stops to the US Open)
Forget Starbucks. You need an Alpha Donut. Their fresh-made crullers can wake up any one's game. Fill up a bag to go.
- #7 subway to 46th Street/Bliss Street (10 stops to the US Open)
Donovan's is the antidote to any US Open frustrations. Head to this homey Irish pub for a truly excellent burger, and pair it with a frosty Guinness. Great price, great atmosphere, great beer.
- #7 subway to 61st Street (2 express stops to the US Open)
Even your red-meat-is-the-only-food relatives from Iowa here for the Open will dig La Fusta's mixed grill. This Argentine steak house is the place to bring out-of-towners who can't even consider Thai. The steaks are delicious, and they'll soon be dipping in the chimichurri sauce.
- #7 subway to 82nd Street (5 stops to the US Open)
La Flor - Mexican and Fusion for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner
Step back to reality from the intensity of the Open at this neighborhoody joint. They have tacos and a good Mexican selection, but La Flor's menu also offers international options like baked brie and homemade granola.
- #7 to 52nd Street (9 stops to the US Open)
Pio Pio is a Peruvian restaurant in Jackson Heights that's simple and great. There are only a few menu items, but they're delicious and a great value. Pio Pio is close enough to the open by car, but quite a walk from the 7 subway.