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We have limited time before an overnight flight. We are looking for good to excellent meal within the confines of the terminals. Any suggestions appreciated.

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  1. Hey, Swami -- I think the reason no one has answered you is that to my recollection, there isn't even any "good" food in JFK. If you've time, I'd head over to Howard Beach, which you can reach by the Airtran (go to the Howard Beach stop, then take a car service from there). I haven't been in every terminal over at JFK, but have never seen anything that remotely passes for decent dining. There are some places that sell better sandwiches, luna bars, etc. in some of the terminals, but I'm afraid that's as good as it's going to get out there.

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    1. re: bebevonbernstein

      Hey, don't knock the Papaya King hot dogs! ;)

      1. re: hatless

        Assuming you don't have time to leave the airport, here's a list of all the restaurants and shops in each of the terminals:

        http://www.ifly.com/john-f-kennedy-in...

        I had a decent meal at Sam Adam's Pub in Terminal 3 a couple months ago (burgers, etc.) Depending on how long your flight is, the food may be kind of heavy. A quick sandwich or salad at Au Bon Pain may be OK.

    2. Thanks, everyone. I had expected it to be dismal, and I was right. Maybe I can get out to Howard Beach. It's always a problem for a chowhound: good meal, or make the flight...

      1. i think cibo express is a great addition to the airport. They vary by terminal, but they are world's better than the cosi expresses that have been popping up.

        You can get: fage yogurt (even 0% fat!), lots of great gourmet chips (unsweetened apple chips, soy crisps, pretzel flats, etc.), horizon organic milk in tetrapak, a brand of organic yogurt (brown cow, maybe??), nuts, dried fruit, salads, sandwiches, etc.