Nearish to JFK
Since you are driving from the north, stop in Flushing (it's right off the highway) for Korean or Chinese. Decent Malaysian as well. Detour a little bit west to Elmhurst for Thai or Vietnamese.
Kum Gang San - 13828 Northern Blvd, Flushing (general Korean)
Myung GA Tofu - 13672 Roosevelt Ave (tofu)
Spicy and Tasty - 39-07 Prince St (Taiwanese)
Golden Szechuan - 13347 Roosevelt Ave (Chinese hot pot)
let me know if you need more ideas.