As Joe McDonald and I walked toward FieldTrip, the eatery created by JJ Johnson at the 2018 US Open, you can see the staff hustling to get orders out to hungry tennis fans. What you might not notice is one of those people hustling, carrying two boxes of Evian natural spring water on the fourth consecutive 90-degree day of the week, is owner and chef JJ Johnson.
Johnson brought FieldTrip to the 2018 US Open as a preview to his restaurant of the same name set to open in Harlem this fall. New York Sports Day sat down with the James Beard -nominated chef to talk about his concept and inspiration for FieldTrip, and, of course, the mouth-watering eats.
“I’ve been traveling the world for the last five years and everywhere I went, regardless of if it was a super expensive restaurant or inexpensive restaurant, rice was always at the center of the table,” Johnsons said. That reminded Johnson of his childhood, and he had an epiphany that it would probably do the same for many others. “If I could give you really good rice in a good form, that would be amazing.” FieldTrip is just that: amazing!
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