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We are flying out of Westchester County Airport tomorrow evening and we have to be at the airport at around 6:00. We will have 2 kids with us, and I'd like to get them dinner before we get on the flight, so the easiest thing would be to eat at the airport.

I've never been there before and the only information that I could find is that there is a coffee shop/restaurant of some sort. Is that it?

I know it's a small airport...I just want to be aware of the situation before I arrive there with 2 hungry kids and if necessary, bring food with us.

Thanks!

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  1. surprisingly decent food at skytop. you'll do just fine.

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    1. re: steve h.

      Thanks very much. It's not that I'm looking for gourmet food, it's just that my kids are 3 and 1 and when they're hungry, they're hungry. This is one of those times where I wouldn't even care if it was a McDonald's, as long as there's something for them to eat...

      1. re: valerie

        It's been a couple of years since I've flown out of Westchester, but my recollection is that the service was slow and the food was pretty mediocre, even for airport fare. Also, I've been there at times when neither the little coffee shop nor the news stand that sells drinks and snack foods was open. I'd think that at a standard meal time you'd be in luck, but I would definitely bring back-up kid food just in case.

    2. I have to agree with steve h. the food at skytop is fine.

      1. Three for a nickel with SteveH. Remember that the upstairs food is on "this" side of security so give yourself some time to get through security. When AirTran and JetBlue have their flights within 15 minutes of each other the line gets a little long. Security is 2 scanners and once you get through security it is very small with limited seating.

        But it is jfood's favorite airport in the neighborhood to fly out of and is only 25 from the house.

        http://jfoodonfood.blogspot.com

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        1. re: jfood

          Not sure what you mean -- is Skytop before you go through security?

          Just trying to be prepared mentally...traveling with 2 small kids is stressful enough. But I will say, we were originally going on Jet Blue out of JFK and changed it at the last minute because of a fare decrease from Westchester. Makes it much better since it's only 15 minutes from my house.

          1. re: valerie

            Skytop & the stands are all before you go thru security. The only thing past security is a vending machine.

            1. re: valerie

              sorry V, it's the NJ in jfood. Yes they are BEFORE security. After security there is a candy and beverage vending machine

          2. There also 1 or 2 stands on the main level that sell sandwichs, snacks & drinks.

            1. we always brought lots of sandwiches, cut up fruit,lots of waters(so expensive to buy )and lots of snacks-healthy and not.We threw out what we were left with but the kids always munched on the plane and then again at arrival at our destination- all of that sitting makes you hungry- we would eat their snacks as well- throw the perishables at arrival and keep the rest with you- kids always wine for food.I'm lucky- I have teens now, although they want expensive gourmet at this age- it actually may be more difficult now.Good luck.

              1. Well, as it turns out, we got to the airport at 6:00 for a 7:50 flight. We then learned that the flight was delayed until 8:50. Not a good thing with 2 small kids.

                We were going to eat at the coffee shop section, but there were no tables for 4, so we just sat in the restaurant part. My kids were kept busy by the planes right outside so that was good. The food was actually fine...better than fine (as steve h. said "surprisingly decent"). Though for 3 entrees and 2 diet cokes, it wasn't cheap -- $100 for dinner at the airport! But since it was fairly empty, they let us linger and that was worth a lot.

                Thanks for the information.

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                1. re: valerie

                  glad it worked out for you. thanks for the feedback.

                  1. re: valerie

                    Jeez, that's expensive! What kind of food was it? I often fly out of White Plains and have never eaten there. If it's that pricey, I may never. It's not just burgers and hot dogs, I hope?

                    1. re: ctscorp

                      We had "real food"...penne with chicken in vodka sauce (my kids shared this), chicken parm, some sort of tortellini dish. Each entree was $20+.

                      They did have a kids menu, but since my kids are just as willing to eat things other than chicken fingers, why not take advantage (other than the price!).

                    2. re: valerie

                      Yes, it is very expensive and when we ate at the restaurant in October we thought the food was awful - just easy appetizers - quesadilla, nachos - kid friendly but even our kid didn't like it. Two weeks ago we had a morning flight and grabbed some breakfast at the coffee shop - decent and reasonable.

                      We won't be hitting Skytop again but will repeat if needed at the coffee shop.

                      1. re: laylag

                        I agree. The small "coffee shop" next to Sky Top is of better value in my opinion, especially when you are paying for the food yourself (i.e. not on company expense account). I think the SkyTop and the coffee shop share the same kitchen in the back, perhaps? Sandwiches at the coffee shop were under $10 the last time I was there and service was prompt and efficient. Valerie, too bad the coffee shop didn't have seating for a family of 4. Sometimes I get my sandwiches "to go" then go up to the 3rd floor and sit there to eat. I noticed a lot of families with young children go up there because it's less crowded and there were some seating. Maybe you can give it a try next time.

                        1. re: bearmi

                          Sorry I ate in the coffee shop, thought it was the same as Sky Top.