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eater-airport-dining-guides.pngStuck in Newark Airport and in need of a place to eat? Check out this recently updated guide, which maps out all the choices from quick sandwiches and burgers to lengthy booze-fueled meals that will make the layover just fly by. We start with Eater's top overall picks for Newark and continue to map out each and every dining possibility.

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Newark's Five Standouts

2011_12_vinovolo1.jpgVino Volo: This is about as upmarket as you're going to get at Newark (EWR). A nice chain of airport wine bars with well selected lists and compatible snacks. [Terminal C, Post-security, Gates C70-99]

2011_12_airportearl.jpgEarl of Sandwich: It's still an airport sandwich but it's the best airport sandwich around. Also on offer: salads, nachos, potato skins, artichoke dip, and desserts plus beer, wine, and cocktails. [Terminal A, Post-security, Gates A20 - 28]

2011_12_competoir.jpgLe Grand Comptoir: Like Vino Volo, Le Grand Comptoir is a mini chain of airport wine bars serving a great list of vino along with snacks (baked camembert, beef carpaccio), salads, sandwiches, and heartier mains. [Terminal C, Post-security, Gates C120-139]

2011_12_grandcentral1.jpgGrand Central Oyster Bar: Sure you're missing the ambiance that is 85% of what makes the original Grand Central Oyster bar so great, but hey, this is a great place for some crab cakes or fried calamari and a glass of wine pre or post flight. [Terminal C, Post-security, Gates C70-99]

2011_12_smashburger.jpgSmashburger: Growing burger chain Smashburger serves up a very decent fast food patty. When there's no Shake Shack or Five Guys around, this is the chain to hit. And the special New Jersey burger features Applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo on an onion bun. [Terminal C, post-security, Gates C120-139]

Bolding and * denotes Eater's seal of approval

Terminal A

Quick Meal


· Abica Coffee: airport coffee (post-security, Rotunda and Gates A20-28).
· Auntie Anne's (post-security, Rotunda to Gates A20-28)
· Cheeburger Cheeburger: you may get a normal burger or one that fills you with rancor and regret at this national chain. (pre-security, Food Court).
· Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, breakfast sandwiches (pre-security, near Gates A30-39 and near entrance to Gates A10 - 18).
· Golden Krust: Jamaican jerk chicken, buns, sandwiches, pastries (pre-security, between Gates A20 - 28 and A30 - 39).
· Jamba Juice: recommended for smoothie and fresh juice lovers (pre-security, Food Court).
· Java Moon Caf&eacute: airport coffee (pre-security, Gates A30-39)
· Market Fresh: salads, sandwiches, coffee, and snacks. (post-security, Gates A10 - 18 and A20 - 28).
· Qdoba: Want an almost Chipotle-like quality burrito? Make sure to stop at Qdoba. (pre-security, Food Court).*
· Subway: sandwiches made by sandwich artists (pre-security, Food Court).
· Villa Pizza: pizza (pre-security, Food Court).

Fast Casual/Bars


· Ruby Tuesday: generic fast casual fare of sandwiches, salads, burgers, and overpriced drinks (post-security, Gate 39).
· Earl of Sandwich: It's still an airport sandwich but it's the best airport sandwich around. Also on offer: salads, nachos, potato skins, artichoke dip, and desserts plus beer, wine, and cocktails (post-security, Gates A20 - 28).*
· Currito Cantina: burritos, guacamole, tacos, and other airport Mexican cantina fare. Currito has its fair share of loyalists (post-security, Concourse for Gates A10-18).

Leisurely Meal


· Tony Roma's: The famous ribs chain (pre-security, between Gates A20-28 and A30-39).
· Philips Seafood: A seafood chain serving Maryland favorites like crab cakes and Blue Crab Margaritas. Philips has nine airport locations but this Newark one just opened in summer 2011 (post-security, Concourse for Gates A30 - 39).

Terminal B

Quick Meal


· Currito's Burritos: burritos, tacos (pre-security, Food Court).
· Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches (pre-security, Ground Transportation).
· Famous Famiglia: Pizza (pre-security, Food Court).
· Great American Bagel: bagels, cream cheese, bagel sandwiches, coffee (post-security, Gates B51-57).
· Island Chicken (pre-security, in the Food Court)
· Java Moon Caf&eacute: airport coffee (post-security, Corridor to Gates B40-47).
· Newark Express: snacks (post-security, Gate B61).
· Sandella's Flatbread Grill: flatbreads, sandwiches, paninis (post-security, Gate B47).
· Sora Sushi: sushi to-go (post-security, Gate B40 - 47).
· Starbucks Coffee (pre-security, Bag Claim Door 10).
· Subway (pre-security, Food Court).
· Wendy's (pre-security, Food Court).
· Wolfgang Puck Snacks (post-security, Gate B61).
· Mediterranean Bistro (post-security, Gate B61).

Fast Casual/Bars


· Belgian Beer Café: Belgian brews and snacks (post-security, Gates B51-57).
· Chili's Too: one of the few New York City-area locations of the Mexican/American chain (pre-security, Near Entrance to Gates B60-68).
· City Point Bar: A new addition to Newark, this bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails at airport prices (pre-security, near entrance to Gates B51-57).
· McGinley's Pub: beer, bar food, televisions (post-security, Gates B60-68).
· Champp's: Americana-themed sports bar with pastas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like fish 'n' chips, chicken kung pao, and baby back ribs (post-security, Gates B40-47).

Terminal C

Quick Meal


· Asian Chao: food court Chinese (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· Auntie Anne's: eve-present pretzels (post-security, Gates C120-139).· Balducci's: good to-go salads, pre-made entrees, sandwiches, and snacks (post-security, Near Checkpoint to Gates C70-99).
· Ben and Jerry's (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Brooklyn Deli: sandwiches (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· Crumbs Bake Shop: the ever-growing oversized cupcake chain (post-security, Near Checkpoint to Gates C101-115).
· Dunkin' Donuts: coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and more (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Famous Famiglia: pizza (post-security, Gate C120-139).
· Hudson News/Euro Café (pre-security, Bag Claim # 9).
· Jake's Coffee House: generic airport coffee (post security, Gates C101-115).
· Jamba Juice: smoothie heaven (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· Juan Valdez: airport coffee (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· La Tapenade (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· McDonald's (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Market Fresh: salads, sandwiches, coffee, and snacks (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· Nathan's: a taste of Coney Island, sort of (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Ruby's Diner: burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc. (post-security, Gates C101-115).
· Sandella's: flatbreads (pre-security, Baggage Claim #6).
· Smashburger: Growing burger chain Smashburger serves up a very decent fast food patty. When there's no Shake Shack or Five Guys around, this is the chain to hit (post-security, Gates C120-139).*
· South Philly Steak & Fries: a taste of South Philly, sort of (post-security, gates C70-99).
· Starbucks (pre-security, Arrivals Level International and post security, Gates C120-139).
· The Grove: a juice bar (pre-security, Bag Claims 6 and 9 and checkpoint to Gates C101-115 and post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen(post security, Gates C70-99).
· Vito's Deli (post-security, Gates C101-115).
· Wok & Roll (post-security, Gates C70-99).

Fast Casual/Bars


· Greenleaf's Grille: freshly made salads, paninis, and sandwiches (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Hamachi Sushi: equivalent to supermarket sushi, which can work in a pinch (post-security, Gates C120-139).
· Ruby's Diner: service is quick, food is about what one would expect from an airport diner (post-security, Gates C101-115).
· Samuel Adam's Brew Club: sports bar with food (post security, Gates C101-115).
· Caliente Cab: tacos and margaritas from the notorious New York City chain (post-security, Gates C70-99).
· Garden State Diner: The closest thing in this airport to a true New Jersey diner experience. They do breakfast, lunch, dinner, burgers, milkshakes, and other expected classics (post-security, Gate C70-99).
· Guinness Pub: traditional Irish beer and traditional Irish food (post-security, Gate C70-99).
· Heineken Lounge: a beer bar for Heineken lovers who like to lounge (post security, Gates C101-115).
· Vino Volo: This is about as upmarket as you're going to get in an airport. A nice chain of airport wine bars with well selected lists and compatible snacks (post-security, Gates C70-99).*

Leisurely Meal


· Le Grand Comptoir: Like Vino Volo, Le Grand Comptoir is a mini chain of airport wine bars serving a great list of vino along with snacks (baked camembert, beef carpaccio), salads, sandwiches, and heartier mains (post-security, Gates C120-139).*
· Gallagher's Steakhouse: New York's Gallagher's Steakhouse is transported to Newark, complete with checkered tablecloths and old photos. The menu features steak, salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail, onion soup, and other classics (post-security, Gate C120-139).*
· Grand Central Oyster Bar: Sure you're missing the ambiance that is 85% of what makes the original Grand Central Oyster bar so great, but hey, this is a great place for some crab cakes or fried calamari and a glass of wine pre or post flight. (post-security,Gates C70-99).*

Newark (EWR)

1 Brewster Road, Newark, NJ

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