The US Open Tennis Championships, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, are a highlight of the Tennis world calendar. If you're contemplating going, you already know there are several different venues and a plethora of games to watch. But what is the best way to enhance your US Open experience after the trouble and expense of travel? Where to stay and what to eat? Are there any other activities in the area you should be taking advantage of?
Affordable Lodging Choices
If you have a small budget for accommodation, then one of your stronger choices is the La Quinta Inn, Queens. This family friendly option provides free breakfast, free internet and free local calls; The La Quinta is conveniently located on the 7 train and a short 25 minute subway ride away from the US Open venues.
The other great choice for accommodation is The Holiday Inn LaGuardia Airport Hotel at Citi Field. This hotel is in walking distance to the National Tennis Center, has several onsite restaurants and offers a free shuttle service to LaGuardia Airport.
Great Eats, Chosen by a Local Expert
For good, local eats you would be smart to check out the Jackson Diner. Conveniently located on the 7 train subway route, this Jackson Heights staple offers outstanding Indian food at low prices. If curries and tandoori is not your thing you can check out Donovan’s Pub in Woodside, Donovan’s boasts a laid back, friendly environment and has been highlighted throughout the years as providing New York’s best hamburger.
For something a little more European, hit up the French bistro Tournesol. Again conveniently located on the 7 train, Tournesol offers great dinner options that are tasty and inexpensive. The brunch and deserts are notable.
If you're feeling a little exhausted by the tennis and need to take a break (especially if you're with kids), then the Queens Museum is a great distraction from the intensity of the game. Located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Queens Museum of Art has a fantastic panoramic view of New York City, exciting contemporary exhibits and is located right next to the famous Unisphere structure.