Where to eat near the US Open

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Hitting New York's Grand Slam tennis tourney? Fill up at one of these restaurants near the U.S. Open with our guide to the best cheap eats in Flushing and Forest Hills, featuring tasty dumplings, brick-oven pizzas, pub grub and from-scratch tacos.

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Biang!

  • Price band: 1/4

The owners of cult Chinese chainlet Xi'an Famous Foods expand their offerings at this small-plates restaurant that showcases the cuisine of North-Central China with hand-pulled noodle dishes like liáng pí (cold, chewy wheat ribbons with seitan, cucumber, sprouts and a chili dressing) and qi pork biang-biang (spicy-and-sour pork belly with star anise).

  1. 41-10 Main St, (between 41st Ave and 41st Rd)
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Tortilleria Nixtamal

  • Price band: 1/4

This Mexican joint makes fresh masa (corn dough) from grain soaked and ground on-site for spicy Bistek steak tacos. Share mounds of guac and chips, delicate mole-bathed chicken enchiladas and fluffy, well-spiced tamales.

  1. 104-05 47th Ave, (at 104th St)
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Forest Hills Station House

  • Price band: 1/4

This beer-and-bourbon–focused gastropub boasts both local and international brews (hailing from as far as Germany) and a mess-hall menu of fish-and-chips, smoked ribs and pickled-pepper wings.

  1. 106-11 71st Ave, (between Austin and Burns Sts), 11375
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OvoSodo

  • Price band: 2/4

This neighborhood pizzeria dishes out build-your-own salads and 17-inch brick-oven pies ($15) like the namesake, topped with mozzarella, bacon and egg.

  1. 110-60 Queens Blvd, (between 70th Rd and 71st Ave), 11375
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Deluge

  • Price band: 2/4

Housed in the Sheraton hotel’s atrium, this American eatery offers shrimp crab cakes, lobster-stuffed ravioli and sirloin drenched in wild mushroom ragout.

  1. Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave, ( at Roosevelt Ave)
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Joe’s Shanghai

  • Price band: 1/4

This Flushing mainstay is known for its soup dumplings (eight for $5.95), which are a marvel of physics: Each plump parcel is filled with either pork or crabmeat and a generous amount of warm, soothing broth.

  1. 136-21 37th Ave , (between Main and Union Sts)
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Happy Buddah

  • Price band: 2/4

This vegetarian den dishes out sweet sesame bites of faux chicken and zhi zhi “beef,” slathered in homemade barbecue sauce, that looks like a juicy pot roast and has a surprisingly meaty texture.

  1. 135-37 37th Ave, (between Main and Prince Sts)
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Kabul Kebab House

  • Price band: 2/4

Here, a hybrid menu hawks “Afghan and Persian food” on the front and “Middle Eastern” on the back, so dinner runs the geographical gamut: first-rate hummus; crisp, delicate sambosas; and qabeli palaw, succulent charcoal-grilled meat over spiced, raisin-studded rice.

  1. 42-51 Main St, (between Cherry and Franklin Aves), 11355
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Ganesh Temple Canteen

  • Price band: 1/4

This South Indian spot’s paper-thin dosas ($5) are amped with green-chili chutney, while the buttery paneer (served weekends only, $5.50) is packed with spongy cottage cheese.

  1. 45-57 Bowne St, (at Holly Ave), 11355
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Fu Run

  • Critics choice

The justly celebrated dish at this Northern Chinese hideaway is the "Muslim lamb chop," but it's more like a half rack of ribs: A platter of bone-in meat is braised, battered and deep-fried, then blanketed with cumin, chili and sesame seeds. Try it with a beef-stuffed pancakes or cold saladesque dishes like the "tiger vegetable" (shredded scallions, cilantro, chilies and tiny shrimp).

  1. 40-09 Prince St, (between Roosevelt Ave and 40th Rd), 11354
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