Where to Watch the US Open
[The following is a NYNightlife for the US Open piece]
The US Open kicked off yesterday, but there is a long way to go before the women’s and men’s champions are decided on September 7th and 8th, respectively. Tickets are on sale now at usopen.org/tickets, but when you can’t make it to Arthur Ashe Stadium or Louis Armstrong Stadium to watch in person, here’s a well rounded list of spots around New York to watch the matches.
The Chester - 18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
About: After transforming their space into a “World Cup Headquarters,” the team behind The Ainsworth is running it back for the US Open; by running it back, that means you’ll be able to watch the matches on TVs in their outdoor cafe outside the Hotel Gansevoort.
Bonus: Large format cocktails to share, people watching during breaks in action.
Gotham West Market - 600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
About: Think about all the types of food you want to eat in one space, with tables in the center of the joint for you to chow down and of course, a TV to watch the Open. Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Cannibal, and Choza Taqueria are among the fine folks serving their food in the Market.
Bonus: They’ll have a ping-pong table set up for the duration of the US Open. Oh, and there is complimentary water provided, should you break a sweat.
Rochelle’s - 205 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
[photo via: TheCouchSessions.com]
About: This spot is kind of like your neighborhood bar; the one that can get rowdy in a good way with a better-than-average crowd who can let their guard down to have fun.
Bonus: $5 beer and shot special from 5-8 p.m. — just in time for the night session.
Sweetwater Social - 643 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
[photo via: TimeOut.com]
About: This is where you can get a seriously good cocktail from GoldBar and 1534 vets in an unpretentious environment (they also serve Tecate) with the US Open on their TVs.
Bonus: Shuffleboard tables, because it can’t be about tennis all the time (read: in the commercial breaks).
Terroir Murray Hill - 439 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016
About: Arguably one of the best wine bars in New York, and that’s not coming from me, that’s coming from people who know things about wine. And because most people don’t think of going to a wine bar to watch sports, this could just make for one of the best non-obvious places to catch the action.
Bonus: Whenever a match is on, they’ll serve a varying selection of $4: lard bruschetta, olives, french fries, smoky almond, boquerones & bolognese wontons. They will also have two draft beers available for $5 a pint.