Are you a dedicated sports fan unsure of where to go to watch U.S. Open matches? Now that the Olympics are over, you might be hankering to get courtside, or settle for the next best thing, watching topspins and backhands from the comfort of neighborhood sports bars. NYC has all eyes turned to the U.S. Open, and if you’re not lucky enough to score tickets to see these historic matches in real life, watching on screen over some craft beer as Venus and Serena and all the rest go down to the tennis court and talk it up is the next best thing. Rally your crew and head to these sports pubs, patios and some of the best outdoor bars NYC has to offer to relax with some televised tennis.
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Where to watch U.S. Open matches
Kick it on the hotel lounge patio where you can catch all the matches without leaving your cush lounge chair. Beverage director Percy Rodriguez will debut a new a gin and housemade cucumber-mint water cocktail in honor of the U.S. Open, called the Cucumber Courtside. Sip and cheer on your favorite tennis stars.
Not only will this Times Square barbecue joint be showing the U.S. Open, but they'll be running specials throughout the matches as well; two hot dogs and a Magic Hat #97 beer for $10 (doubles), a $5 Magic Hat #97 (ace) and $5 smothered and covered trainwreck fries (grand slam). Befitting its location, Virgil's tends to get crowded, so stake out your seats early so you can watch the pros get after it in peace.
Watch the matches live-streamed on giant screen projectors at this 90-seat Greenwich Village pizzeria that also serves as a cooking school (an outpost of Italy's Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, with master pizzaioli Massimiliano Crocetti and Max Bruno overseeing the operations).
Two large television monitors will be airing the games on the first floor of this 79-seat, bi-level gastropub. In addition to all the usual small plates by Chef Angie Berry (Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental), craft brews by beer director Carolyn Pincus (the Stag’s Head) and wines by sommelier Gina Goyette (the Mark by Jean- Georges), go ahead and treat yourself to a combo special in honor of the Open; $26 for a "match point" cocktail and fish and chips-inspired Maine lobster salad.
The U.S. Open will be screened at both Felice locations throughout the tournament. Settle into one of the wood-and-leather banquettes for a hearty plate, like the tennis-inspired special (also available at both locations); $16 for arancini with sun dried tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, paired with a 2015 Fattoria Sardi wine option, Vermentino or Felice.
During the finals, from September 9 through 11, the games will be shown in the sprawling lounge via projector, alongside a $10 special that gets you elote (grilled corn with chili mayo, cotija cheese and lime) and a can of Modelo. Salvation Taco is first and foremost a place to imbibe, and its Mexicanish finger food is mostly designed for easy consumption while clutching an icy cerveza. Owners April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman could have phoned it in for this venture, but instead they've raised the bar on dirt-cheap Mexican snacks.
Two large projector screens will broadcast matches all throughout the U.S. Open, while market guests enjoy bites from vendors throughout the 15,000-square-foot retail-dining mecca, divided into eight culinary stalls. Options include Blue Bottle Coffee, and Brooklyn Kitchen, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, where the noodle guru offers his famed shio, shoyu and chili-sesame varieties; Little Chef, the salad offshoot of Caroline Fidanza's Saltie sandwich shop; and El Colmado tapas bar from Seamus Mullen (Tertulia). Each stall has communal tables, with garage doors opening to sidewalk seating outside El Colmado and the Cannibal's cocktail-and-charcuterie post.
The rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel will be showing matches on their big screen televisions from the first round through the finals on September 11. Step in and up to this retreat from the hectic streets of Times Square for spectacular views of midtown Manhattan, and tennis-centric specials like $48 pitchers of the Open's signature Grey Goose honey deuce cocktail.
To celebrate the U.S. Open, not only will the retro-tinged American bistro be showing the matches, but the official wine of the tournament, Jacob's Creek, will be represented in a five-day only pop-up wine pairing menu created by chef Jeff Haskell. Jacob's Creek's newest line of wines, called Two Lands, will be paired with a three-course dinner, for $125 per guest. You won't even think twice about not being courtside while hanging in this Prohibition-inspired space that sports 1920s Carrara bar tops and a speakeasy-style hidden entrance in the back.