Stars — they're just like us! No, really, because Andy Murray went on the record with Jet Set to talk about all his favorite off-court destinations and snacks in New York City when he's in town for the U.S. Open. And they're pretty darn relatable.
"When I got here, I think I downed seven giant plates of Mexican food at Cosme in the Flatiron District, and it was all really good and different," he shared. "But really I love spending the off-court time at Broadway shows and eating New York pizza if there's a chance."
The U.S. Open, arguably America's most important and high-profile tennis tournament, opens August 29 and runs through September 11. Making it all the way to the end of the tournament is the goal for all tennis competitors, and Andy is certainly no different.
"I really hope to be in New York a full three weeks, I want to make it all the way to the end obviously. But if I do that means I don't have a lot of time to do late-night outings really. And I have to stay in top shape for the next tournament straight away after New York."
When asked what might qualify as a fun, off-the-beaten-path travel adventure for him, Murray slyly replied, "Well, I'm not really supposed to eat risky foods when it's tournament time, but I don't really care to run out to too many big restaurants. I'd much rather taste local street foods and eat the pizza New York is so famous for."
We feel you, Andy, because random dumplings, pizza, and juice bars are the lifeblood of this amazing city.
"The most important thing after all the competition and playing is staying somewhere really quiet though, and that's my best travel advice," he said. "Do whatever you want when you're on the road, but New York is a very noisy, busy city and it's nearly impossible to find a convenient and modern hotel in the middle of it all that has sound-proof windows. I've been staying at the Langham on 5th Avenue for two U.S. Open tournaments in a row now and I love it."
The 29-year-old Dunblane native also emphatically recommended all travelers to New York head straight to see The Lion King on Broadway, eat local street-corner pizza, and remember to get a little fitness in. He shared all this with us over a game of table tennis and build-your-own tacos, so we're inclined to believe he means it.
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