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Nov 7, 2007 12:20 PM

Airplane Food Dilemma [moved from Manhattan board]

In a few weeks, my family and I are leaving really early morning to JFK. The flight we're getting on, doesn't have complimentary food and I'm not about to eat overpriced, bad quality, airport food. I recall reading somewhere there is a catering service that will deliver fresh food to you (it wasn't FreshDirect). Has anyone heard of such service?

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    1. They'll deliver to the airport or your apartment/house? What neighborhood are you leaving from? Which airline are you taking?

      1. I am sorta confused by your question. Are you thinking of a catering service that will deliver fresh food to you at the airport? The Plane?

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        1. re: Quine

          Sorry, what I meant was, this catering company would deliver the food to your home, so you can schlep it onto your flight.

          1. re: kaya

            Er, is that normally just called delivery in chinese, pizza, etc?

            When I know I am going on a flight, I buy a grat italian sub the day/night before. They do so much better with the time and ease of eating.

            With an early AM flight, I'd just pack a great lunch.

            1. re: kaya

              I don't know where you are located but I would suggest ooking for a bagel place in your area that does breakfast catering, EG: Bagel Boy in Brooklyn.
              They will deliver a great breakfast for your family.
              Have a safe flight. :-}

          2. Shoot me now, but I am thinking that it might just be worth it to pick something up at the airport after all. The truth is that the food court stuff is not as outrageously expensive as you would think. I took a 6 am flight from LaGuardia a few months ago and survived on Au Bon Pan until I got to Dallas. If you are getting something hot delivered to your home, you either have to eat it there, so you have to get up even earlier, or it will be cold and likely congealing by the time you get to the airport, where you will be sitting for 45 minutes to an hour, anyway. Otherwise, the bagel/deli delivery idea sounds pretty good.

            FYI, check out this link for info on food at JFK:

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            1. re: Shayna Madel

              I sheepishly have to concur. The food at the JetBlue terminal is actually passable, you can even get pasta with truffle oil or sushi. And the prepared foods offered at the two market places have a wide variety of prices so you're not stuck with a ten dollar hot dog.

            2. Just put some food in your pocket or bag before you go! Is that so difficult?

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              1. re: NYJewboy

                It really is difficult when you have two young children in tow and leaving the house by 5a. I wish I was flying on Jet Blue- at least I know the food they sell is edible! I'm flying out of JFK, on AA and their hot breakfast sandwiches look pretty gross.

                1. re: kaya

                  If you are a AMEX Platinum card holder I believe you are allowed in the Admiral's Club as a perk. They should have decent food. Also, AA just built a new terminal. Usually there are new and better places to eat so you may be okay. Or just stop by Gray's on the way to the Mid-Town Tunnel or Manny B. They're open 24/7, they have fresh squeezed oj, coffee and pineapple juice. I can't imagine the hot dogs or their breakfast sandwiches being worse nutritionally than anything you can get at JFK.

                  1. re: bigmackdaddy

                    I just flew on AA from JFK and the options in the terminal aren't that bad. There's an Au Bon Pain too. Or, like others have suggested, a quick stop at a bagel place on your way out of town may be a good idea. And it's true about the Platinum AMEX -- it gets you and two guests into many airport lounges.

                    Whatever you do, don't wait until you get on the flight -- the food they sell is disgusting, overpriced and there's only one healthy option -- trail mix. And they often run out before the flight attendants even get through the whole cabin.

                  2. re: kaya

                    Adding on the "kid factor" is making things make sense. There are several options:

                    (1) You place an order the night before your flight, for an early morning delivery. You pray they deliver the food on time. You end up with the kids eating while you are getting to the airport, the food flies all over the place and someone's ticked that you messed up their car. OR, the kids eat at the airport, where you will have to be killing some time after you clear security anyway and that hot breakfast you ordered isn't so appetizing anymore...

                    (2) You pick up some cereal, fruit (you can probably get it already cut up if you don't think you have the time to do it yourself), rolls/bagels and juice boxes and put it all in a bag you can grab from the fridge on your way out the door (tape a note to the door as a reminder) and you either feed the kids on the way to the airport or you eat at the airport. Just remember, they may not let the juice boxes through security, but you should be able to get water or juice once you pass security.

                    (3) You stop somewhere on the way to the airport and pick something up and pray you can get in/out quick enough that it does not interfere with the time you need to get to the airport.

                    (4) You cave like a house of cards and "make do" with what the airport has to offer, which may not be as bad as you thought. And given that you apparently are coming from Manhattan (I see the transfer from the Manhattan board), the chances are that the airport prices aren't so bad in comparison. Some of the food places are probably in the area of the terminal before you have to clear through security and some after. Usually the better selection is in the outer area. Just remember again, if you buy liquids, make sure they are consumed before you go through security or you will be cursing yourself for having to toss all the half-consumed drinks...

                    1. re: Shayna Madel

                      Didn't AA just open up a brand new, state-of-the-art terminal at JFK?