2008_08_food_madparkview.jpgFor those New Yorkers not fortunate enough to have snagged U.S. Open tickets (and to nibble on the fancy food options out in Flushing), American Express has set up an alternate viewing and eating spot -- no 7 train necessary.

From Friday, August 29 through Sunday, September 7 between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM, you can watch the U.S. Open at Madison Square Park, where they're setting up huge viewing screens and stadium seating. There's no charge to watch, and in addition to the ever-present Shake Shack, Country, Hill Country, and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar will be running stands in the park.

Hill Country will be serving up pork spare ribs, barbecue beef sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans and a bourbon pecan pie; Rickshaw will have pork, chicken and veggie dumpling options, sesame noodle salad, jasmine rice crispy treats, and mochi dumplings; and Country will offer an eclectic upscale comfort food menu, including caramel corn Parmesan popcorn, peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches, cold spiced fried chicken with potato salad, and mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. Each stand will also be serving drinks of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic persuasions, so beware the long lines outside the electronic pay toilet.