Flying full: airports as travel destinations
When planning that next getaway, schedule an earlier-than-ever airport arrival, and leave plenty of time between those connecting flights. Not because of long security lines, but rather to check out all the amazing food offerings being served up at airports across the country.
We've compiled a list of some tasty ways to spend that extra travel time at various national airports, starting with our very own JFK. So sit back, relax and enjoy the layover.
New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
With the launch of its new and improved Terminal 4, JFK is almost an NYC tourist attraction in its own right. Offerings at the newly improved Delta Terminal aim to mirror the plethora of international grub found throughout the Big Apple.
Food Network celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, the James Beard Foundation award-winning owner of Red Rooster Harlem, is serving classic American favorites with international influences at the Uptown Brasserie, and is giving a whole new identity to street food at fast-casual eatery Street Food by Marcus Samuelsson. And if you're in a burger state of mind, Danny Meyer's New York staple Shake Shack is open there now, with a second spot set to open soon first-ever airport spot. Mayer also introduced the smoky tastes of barbecue to the terminal's walkways with Blue Smoke On the Road.
Itching to kick off that international vaca at the airport? Stop by Le Grand Comptoir for a French-inspired bistro menu, accompanied by more than 50 selections of wines by the glass and 100 by the bottle, or try the sushi at Asobu, a modern pan-Asian sushi bar combining the flavors and spices of Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.
And with the upcoming revamped Terminal 2 also from Delta, even more good eats are expected, from BKLYN Beer Garden to new spots from Andrew Carmellini of Lafayette and the Dutch, Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi and Laurent Tourondel of Brasserie Ruhlmann and Arlington Club. Temporary versions of the new eateries have started to roll out, and will be completed by summer.
Illinois: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago is the home of deep dish pizza, Chi-town dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Try one of each at your next layover at O'Hare, from Reggio's Pizza, located at Terminals 1 and 3, which will cook the pizza on-site and pack it up for convenient boarding, to America's Dog, which serves up a slew of hot dogs, including the Chicago-style dog, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and soups to Billy Goat Tavern & Grill at Terminal 1, one of the eight locations of the famed Chicago establishment, the first of which opened in 1934 near the ballpark.
For a more international experience, try out Tortas Frontera for modern Mexican flavors from chef Rick Bayless, Wicker Park Sushi Bar for specialty rolls and sake and Wolfgang Puck Cafe, serving up the famous chef's most popular dishes in a fast-casual setting, including hand-crafted gourmet pizzas, pastas and fresh salads, including Puck's Chinois Chicken salad.
California: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX has long been maligned by travelers and critics alike for its shortage of dining options, but all that has changed thanks to the $1.5 billion upgrade of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, complete with an influx of hot L.A. eateries. There's ink.sack, from "Top Chef" season six winner Michael Voltaggio, which serves andwiches including the Vietnamese banh mi, "Reubens" and clubs, Umami Burger (which has just opened in NYC to hour long waits) and Border Grill, from "Top Chef Masters" alums Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, which dishes out upscale modern Mexican food from Oaxaca and the Yucatan.