Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Eating Out at the US Open

Honey Deuce
Oh, the US Open. I only ever went for the first time last year and did have quite a good time. As a former commuter on the Port Washington branch of the LIRR, the hordes of people heading out to the Open always rubbed me the wrong way. But I like tennis and it was a gorgeous day, so why not? So when I was asked to go out early this year for a preview of the dining options, of course I said yes. Not that I would have the disposable income to eat in any of their fancy restaurants, but maybe you do and want to know the highlights from my meal.

Seared Scallops
The preview occurred in their restaurant, Aces, with Chef Morimoto and Mark Bittman in attendance. I was instantly excited to try the seared scallops from another one of the restaurants, Mojitos, because look at that plate! It looks fabulous! During the preview, my table kept missing the scallops, but did get freshly prepared plates by the end. Unfortunately, they looked a bit better than they tasted. They were a bit tough and rubbery, possibly due to overcooking. Not that I wouldn't get these per se, they just weren't my favorite thing of the day.

The ceviche was my most favorite thing. It was cooling and refreshing, perfect for sipping out in the heat. It's also available at Mojitos, which does have an outdoor area. Should this rain ever let up, this might just be what you need in between watching matches.

Watermelon Ouzo
As for drinks, I'd had the Honey Deuce (top) last year and was delighted to try it again. But I much preferred the Watermelon Ouzo, and I'm not even a fan of Ouzo. There's only a light amount of it so it's diluted in the drink. You only have a slight licorice aftertaste, nothing terrible at all.

You know I'm not leaving without trying the desserts. These cakes looked as good as they tasted. The carrot cake was dense and moist, with a well-done cream cheese frosting, while the chocolate cake was one of the better ones I've had all year. I'm not lying when I say that. It was also moist, heavy on the chocolate, and filled with a rich ganache. Bonus points for the toffee bits covering the outside. These are both available at Champions.

For more information on where to eat while at the Open, click here, and for Feisty Foodie's take on the same preview, click here.

1 comment:

iarethefoodsnob said...

what a great lineup!
I went recently and really enjoyed the honey deuce!