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Aug 25, 2008 10:26 AM

Kosher Food at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)

Is there any Kosher food available at EWR Newark airport? I read somewhere that there were Kosher vending machines located at EWR.

Steve Braun

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  1. Nope. I was there recently and saw a man with a yarmulke working at a kiosk and asked him. There is no vending machine there.

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    1. re: Queena75

      I am pretty sure the only 24/6 machine is in Terminal 4 at JFK.

      They really have to roll out more across all terminals.

      1. I was in EWR in April 2010 (Terminal B, I think - it's been a few months), and I did see a rack of kosher sandwiches in a food court area somewhere between the entrance to the monorail and security (so not near the gates, you'd have to buy it before going through security). They might have been "Yummy" sandwiches, I can't remember since it's been a little over 4 months.

        It appears that EWR is doing construction on Terminals A and B (I flew into Terminal A for Pesach, and I'm pretty sure that second trip in April was Terminal B), so things might be in different places now. But I know for sure I saw kosher sandwiches in the airport that second trip.

        1. I don't suppose there's any chance of anything at all kosher at PHL (Philadelphia airport)? I will be spending Tuesday afternoon in downtown Philly and then flying out of the airport; I suppose I can get sandwiches at Maccabeam, or whatever it's called this week.

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          1. re: zsero

            definitely nothing (other than random ice cream or something that you might find) in PHL. pick up a sandwich from one of the center city places (mama's vegetarian felafel, if you want my vote) before you head to the airport.

            1. re: tarsky

              Mama's is definitely better than Maccabeam, but falafel is way too messy to transport. I've got a six-hour-plus flight, and all United provides nowadays is "meals for sale", none of which are kosher, so I need something I can easily carry with me and eat in the confined space of a plane seat. Sandwiches yes; falafel not so much.

              On the other hand, i wonder if Su Xing House could supply something suitable. Perhaps cold sesame noodles wouldn't be too messy.

              1. re: zsero

                While it used to be nice/convenient to be served a meal on the plane, it doesn't strike me that six hours is unreasonable to go between actual meals. Why not just eat an actual lunch in Philadelphia and then dinner when you get to wherever you are going six hours away? It's easy enough to bring snacks onto the plane--nuts, granola bars, chocolate, dried fruit, cheese, whatever you want and which will provide a bit of protein and fiber to hold you for a while.

                I have also packed a bento-style box meal to take on longer plane rides. There are many bento box sites and Flickr groups that can give you ideas of things to carry in such a way. Even if you won't be home just prior to your flight or don't have a bento box, you might get ideas for things you could buy in a supermarket, 7-11, bodega, really any place that sells food, for ideas on stuff you can carry onto the plane. Things with hechsher are really not that difficult to find anywhere in the US. To me that makes more sense than trying to carry falafel or pizza or something pre-made. It all depends on where you will be prior to the flight, and how much you can/want to prepare for it.

                Take a look at a site like
                to see what people pack in bento boxes. Not all will be appropriate for airplane travel, of course (yogurt, cottage cheese, for ex.), but maybe you'll get some ideas. If your flight is not until tomorrow, maybe you can pack something up tonight rather than pick up pre-made food just prior to the flight. I'm sure it would be far tastier, healthier, and cheaper than anything the non-kosher flyers will be able to buy on the flight.

                1. re: queenscook

                  Thing is, six hours is just the flight. I have to leave for the airport by about 4:30 in the afternoon, and my next meal won't be till about 10-11 hours later. So if I have lunch at anything approximating actual lunch time, I'll need something to tide me over until then.

                2. re: zsero


                  I wonder if Hillel is open already on the Penn campus. They usually sell to the open public and you've got a pretty good chance of getting a box lunch from them.

                  1. re: vallevin

                    They're probably not open quite yet. They should be doing some stuff for new student orientation this coming week, and you might be able to get a boxed lunch from them if you call ahead. They'll definitely be open the week after labor day, though.

                  2. re: zsero

                    Mama's had a salad option that will be less messy than a falafel sandwich.

                    New Harmony vegan may be able to make you something not super messy to go.

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      Stop laughing cause I know you guys all will, bu thte "pork" rolls @ New Harmony are not only so yummy but not messy at all.

                      1. re: Prettypoodle

                        my husband loves those! he went to philly with friends recently and their first stop was New Harmony for the dim sum

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          We had them the last time we ate there. We had no idea what they were but we knew we had to bring some home so we asked. We laughed when we found out what we had been eatting! Oh man, now i want some RIGHT NOW!

              2. There are 7 Kosher Restaurants only a few minutes away in Elizabeth.

                Glatt Star
                157 Elmora Ave.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07208
                908 354 6777 American and Middle Eastern Meat

                Jerusalem Restaurant
                150 Elmora Ave.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07208
                908 289 0291
                Pizza and Israeli / Mediterranean Style
                Larry and David's Bagels
                187 Elmora Avenue
                Elizabeth, NJ 07208
                908 289 6100
                Kosher bagel store and cafe

                New Kosher Special
                163 Elmora Ave.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07208
                908 353 1818
                Chinese and Sushi Takeout and Eat In.

                Rita's at Jersey Gardens
                651 Kopkowski Rd.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07201
                908 436 1000
                Frozen Desserts

                Tacos 'N Things
                123 Elmora Ave.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07202
                Glatt Kosher SouthWestern BBQ & TexMex take out

                Dunkin Donuts
                186 Elmora Ave.
                Elizabeth, NJ 07208
                908 289 9327
                Kosher Dunkin Donuts and Bagels

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                1. re: aarongz

                  I'm assuming he's not driving his car to Newark airport

                  1. re: berel

                    At least some of those places will deliver to the airport.

                    1. re: zsero

                      I'm trying too imagine TSA's reaction to a delivery guy showing up with a bag or two of food.

                      1. re: avitrek

                        I do it all the time in Ft. Lauderdale from Sara's. Never a question. Also, definitely Kosher sandwiches are at terminal B.