Wednesday, 11 April 2012
My concluding installment of Finally! Good Airport Food features LaGuardia Airport (LGA), located in East Elmhurst, Queens. My first post featured JFK International Airport and my last post San Francisco International Airport. LGA is the airport I fly out of most frequently because it is the closest to my house, and I find it the most convenient. Recently I have noticed an influx of new products at even the magazine stand and CIBO Express, like organic bars, gourmet cookies and nut mixes, and hummus. The demand is there, and that is why airports all over are starting to offer more elegant items. A mediocre (and questionable) tuna salad sandwich and a bag of Lay’s just won’t do anymore.
Most exciting offerings are located in Terminal D, which was recently redone.
Porter House New York’s Michael Lomonaco recently opened Prime Tavern, which features prime dry-aged beef and the usual steakhouse accessories (Terminal D).
At the pre-security food court in the Central Terminal Building, Chef Todd English has an outpost of his Boston pizzeria Figs. It has a view of departing planes and a menu with sandwiches, salads and pizzas with toppings like fig and prosciutto (Central Terminal Building, between Concourses B & C).
Taste of Bisoux offers Provencal-style food like croque monsieur and duck confit. It was designed by New York City Chefs such as Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson (Terminal D, post-security).
Unfortunately I haven’t made it to any of the places listed above, because I always find myself in Terminal B by way of JetBlue. The food court pre-security offers Five Guys Burgers & Fries (major win! I love these burgers!) and Asian Chao (typical fast Chinese food, but still satisfying in a Chinese take out kind of way). Click here for a more extensive listing of places to eat at LGA.
Post-security offerings include Au Bon Pain (okay pastries, coffee, and soups), CIBO Express (some decent quick bites, but nothing exciting), and Dunkin Donuts. I feel like this airport has most of the good eats central to one terminal, while JFK and SFO Airport’s eats are spread out. Thankfully, Terminal C will get a boost soon, according to this article from Eater. I look forward to Chef Anne Burrell’s Vagabond Burger Bar.
Have you ever dined at LGA? Do you know of good food at other airports?