August 11-13, free
Overpaying for food and drink at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows is an annual rite of passage, even as the fare improves in quality every year. The folks behind the Grand Slam tennis event Food Village have been bringing better eats the last handful of tournaments, turning to tried-and-true restaurants and celebrity chefs to take over booths. This year they’re taking the food on the road, offering free samples from a truck that will be in Madison Square Park at noon on August 11 (with the U.S. Open trophy), Union Square Park at noon on August 12, and Bryant Park at 5:00 on August 13. The samples, which promise to be more than a bite but less than a full order, consist of the lobster roll from the Liberty Pier Seafood Co., David Burke’s filet slider, Pat LaFrieda’s meatball slider, Farm to Fork’s chicken sandwich, Hill Country’s brisket, and Richard Sandoval’s steak tacos. The trucks will also be supplying discount codes for tickets to the Open, which runs August 25 to September 8, as well as various giveaways.