Monday, August 27, 2012
Ahi tuna sandwich star of U.S. Open food
By Darren Rovell
Levy Restaurants created the culinary grand slam at Flushing Meadows -- the ahi tuna sandwich.
NEW YORK -- As usual, the U.S. Open has many stellar items for those fans hoping to fill their stomachs.
Many of those items, like at most sporting events, are not cheap.
That's why I'm steering you right to the star of the class that I think is worth the price of admission.
More lobster and less celery, please.
If you're heading out to the Open, go to Aces, the restaurant in Arthur Ashe Stadium, and order the ahi tuna sandwich.
The potato roll is perfectly grilled, the tuna is cooked through (I wish it was more rare) and it's topped with bacon, avocado and arugula.
The price of the Levy Restaurants creation is steep at $25, but it's worth it. The sandwich comes with chili sea salt fries, which are done nicely.
Despite the overabundance of lobster this season, the price of the U.S. Open's lobster roll ($28) hasn't fallen. Plus, the one we tasted was clearly off in the celery-to-lobster ratio. It tasted more like a celery roll.
Over the course of the 20-day event, Levy Restaurants will serve 7.5 tons of crab, shrimp and lobster.