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Top 10 Restaurants Near the US Open in Queens

Eating on the Way to Flushing Meadows

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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).

1. Best Italian at Il Toscano

Il Toscano, Douglaston, Queens
Photo (c) John Roleke
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.

  • Il Toscano, 42-05 235th St, Douglaston
  • Douglaston LIRR station (6 stops, about 15 minutes from the US Open)

2. Jackson Diner for Indian

You can't think of eating in Queens without mention of the greatest ethnic eats any where. The Jackson Diner helped start New Yorkers on Indian food 20 years ago, and it remains delicious, dependable favorite in Jackson Heights' Little India.

The Jackson Diner can easily accommodate a crowd, and the tastes still wow.

  • Jackson Diner, 37-47 74th St, Jackson Heights
  • E, F, 7, G, R, V to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street (6 stops to US Open)

3. Tournesol - French for Brunch or Dinner

Tournesol
Photo (c) Meg Cotner
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.

  • Tournesol, 50-12 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
  • #7 to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave (6 stops on the express to US Open, or 16 stops on the local)

4. Uncle Jack's Steakhouse

All that tennis got you craving protein? Uncle Jack's is an old-school meat house. Even Mayor Bloomberg is known to drive out to Bayside to enjoy its USDA prime and Kobe beef steaks.
  • Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, 39-40 Bell Blvd, Bayside
  • Bayside LIRR station (5 stops, a little less than 15 minutes from the US Open)

5. Sripraphai

Sripraphai
Photo (c) John Roleke
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.
  • Sripraphai, 64-13 39th Ave, Woodside
  • 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)

6. Early Morning Donuts at Alpha Donuts

Forget Starbucks. You need an Alpha Donut. Their fresh-made crullers can wake up any one's game. Fill up a bag to go.
  • Alpha Donuts, 45-16 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside
  • #7 subway to 46th Street/Bliss Street (10 stops to the US Open)

7. Donovan's for the Best Burger in Queens

Donovan's Pub
Photo (c) John Roleke
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.
  • Donovan's Pub, 57-24 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside
  • #7 subway to 61st Street (2 express stops to the US Open)

8. La Fusta - Argentine Steak House

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 chimchurri sauce.
  • La Fusta, 80-32 Baxter Ave, Elmhurst
  • #7 subway to 82nd Street (5 stops to the US Open)

9. La Flor - Mexican and Fusion for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner

La Flor Bakery and Restaurant
Photo Credit: © Alexis Arieff
Step back to reality from the intensity of the Open at this neighborhoody joint. Sure, they got tacos and a good Mexican selection, but La Flor is so much more.
  • La Flor Bakery and Cafe, 53-02 Roosevelt Ave, Woodside
  • #7 to 52nd Street (9 stops to the US Open)

10. Chicken Goes Pio Pio

Pio Pio Restaurant in Jackson Heights
Photo (c) J. Roleke
Pio Pio is a Peruvian restaurant in Jackson Heights that's simple and great. There are only a few menu items, but their delicious and a great value. Pio Pio is close enough to the open by car, but quite a walk from the 7 subway.
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