Lunch not far from JFK airport
Saffron, on Cross Bay. I go there for lunch one a month. It is great stuff. If you want "lunch food" order the sliders from the bar menu. If you want a big meal, you can have the three course dinner menu for $25 during lunch (you have to ask for it specifically). For the 1st course, I recommend the Spanish meatballs or the mussels. For the second course I recommend the paella or the salmon. If you choose the salmon, ask for the risotto as your side. If they have the flan for desert (not always available), I would recommend that.
16150 Crossbay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY
The place is owner operated.
There's a few places on Cross Bay Blvd in Howard Beach, such as a steak house, a couple of clam houses and pizzerias. I've been to Captain Mike's Crab House, they were pretty good. Maybe someone knows of a decent place in the terminals?Especially since they've renovated most of the spaces.
After looking up their number online, it looks like they changed their name to Captain Luna's . The address is still 158-35 Crossbay Blvd by the fire house. I'm not sure if it still holds, but I was paying around a $1 a crab and it was very casual. Their phone number is 718 659-0935.
There's also a couple of clam houses on Crossbay, Vincent's and Lenny's. Also casual, but moderately priced. I hope this helps. If you go to any of these places please give a review.
158-35 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414