The banner that hangs underneath the awning of Midtown East's Curry & Curry might be just a little misleading: "Official Caterers for US Open Tennis 2008," it boldly proclaims.
The term "official," at least for the U.S. Open, is reserved for sponsors, according to a publicity associate with the United States Tennis Association, Kristen Clonan. Curry & Curry, which is found on East 33rd Street, between Lexington and Third avenues, doesn't happen to be a sponsor — but it will be the only vendor serving Indian food throughout the two-week tournament, which begins Monday.
The owner of the restaurant, Christopher Barretto, admitted the sign takes a few liberties, but he said he hopes that passersby will understand that his restaurant isn't the only food vendor at the Open. "That's why the banner is underneath the Curry & Curry sign," he explained on Monday to a confused traveler.
This is the second year that Mr. Barretto and co-owner and wife Chandra Vaz are participating in the U.S. Open. "We found out about it through word-of-mouth, friends who worked with the USTA," Mr. Barretto said as he proudly wore a U.S. Open T-shirt and a pass around his neck. "We also had a contact with Levy Restaurants," he added, referring to the company that is overseeing all food service at the tournament.
Curry & Curry's offerings cater to those who crave both familiar and distinct tastes. Samosas are on tap for appetizers, while three "combo" plates will be on the menu, with rice, naan, and a choice of chicken tikka masala, lamb curry with vegetables, or plain vegetables. Kati rolls — currently popular as a quick street snack, featuring a thin flatbread rolled around various fillings — will also be sold, featuring chicken, lamb, or vegetables. Kheer (rice pudding) finishes the meal for sweet-toothed tennis fans.
Prices range from $7.50 to $13. The restaurant will open every day for the tournament at 10 a.m. As for closing times, Mr. Barretto said, "We'll close when the last game is played."