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

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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.

    2. there was a prior discussion of this

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/325622

      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
                http://www.flickr.com/groups/laptop_l...
                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

                  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.

                2. I ended up having lunch at Su Xing House, and got some cold sesame noodles to go for my dinner. So far they haven't leaked all over my carry-on, so I'm hopeful they should last until dinner time. (My plane is about to board.)

                  Su Xing House (http://www.suxinghouse.com ), in central Philadelphia, recently came under the supervision of R Zev Schwarcz. Today I had a chance to try it out, and it was as good as the web site makes it appear. I was there for a very late lunch (half an hour too late to take advantage of the lunch specials, the waitress informed me) so the place was quiet; I don't know what it's like at peak times. But the decor was calm, the waitress attentive, and unlike most kosher Chinese places (but like most non-kosher ones) they give you tea as soon as you sit down, and refill it regularly.

                  I had hot and sour soup, and kung po tofu. They say that hot and sour soup is the measure of a Chinese restaurant; if they mess it up it's a bad sign about all their cooking. Well, Su Xing did not mess it up. I can't say it was the greatest H&S soup I've had, it seemed a bit watery compared to some (that probably just means they don't add starch to thicken it :-) ) but it was perfectly good. No complaints. The kung pao was delicious; in my own opinion it would have been improved by using chicken :-) but that's just me. And of course then it wouldn't have been kosher and I wouldn't have been there. The mushrooms in the kung pao were very nice indeed, and when on my way out I saw a newspaper review in the window praising the way this chef has with mushrooms I knew exactly what was meant. For this alone it's worth a visit.

                  As a welcome surprise, the fortune cookie came with two small slices of watermelon instead of the usual orange; a perfect end to the meal.

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                  1. re: zsero

                    MMM thanks for the review. I will have ti try it very soon! Have a safe trip!

                    1. re: zsero

                      PS: The noodles were very good; just enough sauce to flavour and colour the noodles, but not so much that it was messy and leaked, as the same dish from some places does, and as I was worried that it might. (The place across from Dougie's in Brooklyn makes great sesame noodles, but there's so much sauce that it's difficult to transport without getting it all over. I should tell them next time that they can save some money and improve their product by reducing the amount of sauce.)

                      Meanwhile, I missed my connection at SFO, and am now stuck here for a day. I think I'll go to Golden Gate Park, see the Japanese Gardens. If my trip delay insurance comes through, then it may be taking me to dinner at the Kitchen Table in Mountain View; if so, I will report on that!

                      1. re: zsero

                        So sorry you missed your connection, but thanks for the report onthe noodles. I MUST get there soon!

                        1. re: zsero

                          I didn't make it to the Kitchen Table; I had no idea quite how far Mountain View is from San Francisco, and how long it takes to get there and back. So I ended up eating at Sabra, just like every other kosher-keeping visitor to SF. Sabra is food, it's kosher, and it's not bad, but it's way overpriced and definitely not chowhound territory. Since my trip delay insurance was paying, I ordered without regard to the prices; I had a chumus with ground meat appetiser, and shnitzel with chips and salad. All but the chips were OK but not great. The chips were rather less than OK; limp and just not very good. I thought of getting watermelon for dessert, but even spending someone else's money $7 for what I assume would be 2-3 slices seemed excessive, and in any case I was running late. I can't say I won't be back, because at the end of the day it's almost the only game in town (certainly in that part of town), and it certainly beat the airline food I had to look forward to.

                        2. re: zsero

                          While some restaurants open for Shabbat keeping their certification, they then have a pre-ordered, pre-paid meal. Is Su Xing that way? I noticed they open 7 days/week.
                          Is it kosher or kosher style?

                          1. re: mrotmd

                            It's under R. Zev Schwarcz, who definitly has some strong opinions on kashrus. Go google IKC
                            http://nyrabbi.blogspot.com/2009/07/a...

                            1. re: mrotmd

                              They're not Jewish-owned, and they don't need a mashgiach temidi, so there's no reason for them to be closed on Shabbat.

                              Correction: there is one reason, which is that if the restaurant knows that the mashgiach will never visit on a Shabbat then who knows what they're doing on that day? Maybe that's when they schedule the lard delivery :-) But R Schwarcz makes it his practise each Shabbat to walk to one of his restaurants, or to arrange for someone to do so on his behalf, so they know there's no such thing as a free day.

                              1. re: zsero

                                I have read your reply and it is interesting. Still why do people on this blog feel it is ok to ignor the rules. I have reread the kosher chowhound rule and it specifically says that who gives supervision is not up for debate. There are those who use "kosher style" to show that it is not acceptable for them. That is not a valid question according to chowhound. I really do not care if you accept or reject tablet k, nor if you believe Hebrew National be be kosher.

                                1. re: jeffrosenbaum

                                  You are correct on stating that we don't debate the qualifications or acceptability of various certifications here, but it is permitted to discuss whether or not a particular vendor is certified, and who has issued the certification. We're going to ask everyone to wrap up this line of discussion, please.

                                  1. re: jeffrosenbaum

                                    Thank you! Excellent point!

                            2. There absolutely is Kosher food available in Terminal A, center pod (gates A20 - A28)
                              Note: These are items prepared under the Star K and include great wraps, sandwiches and salads. Food is excellent but generally not available on Sunday or the day after any Yom Tov.

                              Place: The Grove.

                              I have checked and not found this at any other location in Newark. So, if you are travelling out of terminal C, for example and need to get to this location, there is a shuttle bus after clearing security.

                              1. Just keeping this thread alive, I am eating a half decent BBQ chicken wrap right now at gate c-25 in Newark. The sandwich has a star k. There was a while variety of them. 8.95 is high but it is the airport...

                                 
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                                1. re: ezraiam

                                  Bought at which store? Cibo Express has similar sandwiches at JFK in the American and JetBlue terminals, but it'd be useful to know where you got it.

                                  Also- c-25? I thought that C gates at Newark started at 70.

                                  1. re: masteraleph

                                    At the Marketplace outside of gate C130. Pretty decent selection of sandwiches, both meat and dairy.

                                    1. re: masteraleph

                                      I am sorry I wasn't that clear. I bought it at the little kiosk right outside c-125. They had a whole variety of them, milchig and fleishig. But i bought a wrap as opposed to a sandwich because someone else here mentioned that the bread was soggy in her sandwich. The wrap was not soggy!

                                      1. re: masteraleph

                                        I bought it at the little kiosk right outside c-25. But now that i think of it, and look at the map, it was probably c-125~! They had a whole variety of them, milchig and fleishig. But i bought a wrap as opposed to a sandwich because someone else here mentioned that the bread was soggy in her sandwich. The wrap was not soggy!