Nearly a year after the pandemic halted air travel for most Americans, things are starting to change. More and more people are vaccinated, airlines have lifted some precautionary moves like keeping middle seats open, and international travel is starting to show signs of coming back. What hasn’t changed is how difficult it is to find something actually good to eat whether you’re the type of person that shows up hours before boarding or the one showing up last minute.
Still, navigating air travel is full of variables today, from figuring which destinations require COVID tests to the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing. Here’s a list highlighting dining options based on the most up-to-date information from the Port Authority. While Eater will continue to update this guide, the hours for these vendors are subject to change given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.
Salotto: Airport operator OTG runs this Italian stand with caprese sandwiches, a hefty lineup of antipasti options, and more than a dozen doughy pies on deck. Departure gates, post-security.
Auntie Anne’s: Doughy pretzels. Center food court, pre-security and Gates A3, B3, C6, and D3, post-security
Bowery Bay Cafe: An American restaurant with sandwiches, salads, and drinks. Departure level near gates C, pre-security
Brewery Heights: A bar with breakfast burritos, draft beers, and bar top seating. D gates, post-security
Dos Toros: An outpost of the fast-casual taqueria chain. Level four, post-security
Dunkin’ Donuts: Doughnuts, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches are available from two Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Level one, level four
Healthy Gourmet: Salads, sandwiches, and wraps in a grab-and-go setting. Near gate D4, post-security
Junior’s: Cheesecake and other menu items from the celebrated New York City diner are now available in Terminal B. Level four, post-security
Shake Shack: One of the biggest restaurant draws of LaGuardia: The airport finally has its own location of Shake Shack. B Gates, Gates 40 to 59, post-security
Starbucks: Coffee, pastries, and small bites from the international coffee chain. D Gates, post-security
Tony and Benny’s Pizza Parlor: A walk-up slice counter that also serves pastas and calzones. Level four, post-security
Zaro’s: Bagels, breads, and baked goods from the popular mini-chain of Manhattan bakeries. Level four, post-security
Artichoke: This late-night New York City pizza standby serves its excellent white artichoke slice and many others. Food hall at gates C28 and C29, post-security
Cotto: Former Marea chef Michael White helped open this Italian trattoria, which serves burgers and salads but is best at its pizzas. Gate C30, post-security
Crust: Pizza lovers will be happy with these Neapolitan-style pies at this bar that opened with help from Sullivan Street’s Jim Lahey. Gates C15 to C24, post-security
Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda: Famed meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda helped develop the meat blend for the burgers here, which are made to order, and served “with all the fixings.” Plus, there are milkshakes, made in-house. Food hall at gates C28 and C29, post-security
World Bean: A coffee chain with baked goods. Food hall at gates C28 and C29, post-security
Bisoux: As part of Delta’s star-studded culinary redesign of Terminal D, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson (formerly of Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, and now at Frenchette in Tribeca), designed this Provencal-inspired bistro. Croque monsieurs and duck confit are among the items on the menu, and everything can be ordered to-go. Gate D2, post-security
CIBO Express Gourmet Market: A convenience store with grab-and-go food. Food hall, post-security
Crust: Pizza lovers will be happy with these Neapolitan-style pies at this bar that opened with help from Sullivan Street’s Jim Lahey. Gate D11, post-security
Custom Burgers by Pat La Frieda: Famed meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda helped develop the meat blend for the burgers here, which are made to order, and served “with all the fixings.” Plus, there are milkshakes, made in-house. Food hall, post-security
H&H Bagels and Rossi Pizzeria: As part of a Delta concourse overhaul, H&H Bagels brought much-needed breakfast options to the terminal by day. At night, the space becomes Rossi Pizzeria, a spot from consulting chef Mark Iacono of Lucali. Gates 92 to 98, post-security
Prime Tavern: Full-service steakhouse from Porter House chef Michael Lomonaco. Food hall, post-security
Tagliare: The son of Dom DeMarco of the legendary Di Fara takes on the airport pizzeria at Tagliare, bringing original recipes and a $5 pizza slice to the terminal. Food hall, post-security
World Bean: A coffee chain with baked goods. Food hall, post-security