July 16, 2024


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Where to Eat at Newark Liberty Airport as Travel Picks Up Again

Nearly a year after the pandemic halted air travel for most Americans, things are starting to change. More and more people are vaccinated, airlines have lifted some precautionary moves like keeping middle seats open, and international travel is starting to show signs of coming back. What hasn’t changed is how difficult it is to find something actually good to eat whether you’re the type of person that shows up hours before boarding or the one running last minute.

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Still, navigating air travel is full of variables today, from figuring which destinations require COVID tests to the new CDC guidelines on mask wearing. Here’s a list highlighting dining options based on the most up-to-date information from the Port Authority. While Eater will continue to update this guide, the hours for these vendors are subject to change given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

Terminal A

Abica Coffee: Coffee and sandwiches. A1 and A2 Rotundas, post-security

Ben & Jerry’s: Ice cream. A1 Rotunda, post-security

Boars Head: Made-to-order sandwiches. A3 Rotunda, post-security

Currito Cantina: Build-your-own bowls, salads, and wraps in various flavors. Pre-security concourse

Dunkin: Coffee and doughnuts. Pre-security concourse

Jersey Mike’s and Manchu Wok: Subs and Chinese food. Pre-security food court

Market Fresh: Convenience store with grab-and-go fare. A1 rotunda, post-security

Olde Glory Coffee: A takeout coffee and tea spot, with some baked goods and sandwiches available. A3 rotunda

Ruby Tuesday: Sit-down American chain. A3 rotunda, post-security

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen: Fast-casual pizza and pasta. Pre-security food court

Terminal B

All You Need: Grab-and-go fare. B1 Rotunda and connector

Dunkin’ Donuts: Coffee and doughnuts. Lower level, pre-security

Farmers Fridge: A vending machine that stocks salads, grain bowls, and snacks. Concourse, pre-security

Firehouse Subs: A sub sandwich chain. B1 connector, post-security

Green Beans Coffee: Coffee stand with salads, sandwiches, and pastries. International arrivals, pre-security

Little Tony’s: Pizzeria selling pizza, calzones, and salads. B1 connector, pre-security

Malone’s Fish Market: Seafood, beer, and cocktails spot. B1 concourse, post-security

Sora Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar: Full-service Japanese restaurant with sushi, tempura, chicken teriyaki, and more. B1 Rotunda, post-security

Salsarita’s Mexican Grill: Mexican chain selling quesadillas, burritos, and more. Pre-security food court

Starbucks: Global coffee chain. Pre-security food court and B1 connector

StrEAT: Grab-and-go spot with packaged food plus coffee and tea available. B3 rotunda, post-security

The Unusual Times: Pub with salads, sandwiches, and breakfast. B2 rotunda, post-security

Tony and Benny’s: Fast-casual pizzeria. Pre-security food court

Terminal C

Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse: There’s decent food in Classified, but that’s reserved for United big spenders with certain mileage levels. The rest of us can find an okay meal at this Italian steakhouse with dishes such as chicken parm, veal chops, and various steaks alongside a full bar. The Grill chef Mario Carbone consulted on the original menu. Gates C70-99, post-security

Garden State Diner: Jersey at its finest exists in a diner, and Garden State Diner does as fair a representation of one as possible, considering tough airport food constraints. Breakfast is served all day, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, and a full bar. C101-115, post-security

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Caps Beer Garden: Beer bar with Asian fare. Gates C120-139, post-security

CIBO Express Gourmet Market: Tired sandwiches, wraps, and other grab-and-go fare in a convenience store format. Post security: Gates 70-99, gates 101-115

Custom Burger: Fast-casual burgers. Gates C70-99 and 120-139, post-security

Daily: A daily-changing menu of “seasonal options.” Gates C70-99, post-security

Dunkin’: Coffee and doughnuts. Baggage claim #3, pre-security and gates C101-115, post-security

Eggy Weggy: Breakfast sandwiches and omelets that becomes Custom Burger at night. Gates C70-99 and 120-139, post-security

Flora Cafe: A Middle Eastern menu designed with the help of Taim’s Einat Admony, which includes healthy options like lentil soup, a Greek salad, hummus, and, of course, falafel. Gates C120-139, post-security

Happy Clam: Red-sauce food such as chicken parm sandwiches and linguini with white clam sauce. Gates C101-115, post-security

Kaedama: A noodle bar with ramen, dumplings, and rice bowls. Gates C70-99, post-security

Little Purse: Top Chef alum Dale Talde consulted on the opening of this dumpling-focused restaurant. Gate C101-115, post-security

Melange Café and Melange Bakery Chocolatier: Chocolate master Jacques Torres played a role here, creating chocolate chip cookies, alfajors, and a Nutella salted caramel cookie. There are also crepes that can be filled with Nutella and bananas, or savory options. While it is mostly grab and go, there is some seating. Gates C70-99, post-security

Novella: Pizza and pasta. Gates C70-99, post-security

Oeno Wine Bar: A wine bar with 64 wines by the glass and bottle, plus panino. Gates C70-99, post-security

Poppy’s Bagels: Bagel sandwiches at the Casciano’s counter. Gates C70-99 and 101-115, post-security

Proof Whiskey Bar: A tavern with tons of whiskey. Gates C101-115, post-security

Red Mango: Frozen yogurt with toppings. Near gate C83, post-security

Riviera: Paris-inspired dishes such as tuna nicoise salad and steak frites. Gates C70-99, post-security

Saison: A French sit-down restaurant, originally opened by famed chef Alain Ducasse. Gates C120-139, post-security

Starbucks Coffee: The famed coffee chain.Gates C84, C94, and C120-139, post-security

Surf Bar: Sushi and other seafood. Gates C70-99, post-security

Tacquila: Mexican bar and restaurant. Terminal C, post-security

Tagliare: Thin-crust pizza by the slice. Gates C120-139, post-security

Uptop Pizza: Build-your-own personal pizzas. Gates C70-99, post-security

Vanguard Kitchen: A slick restaurant with marbled tabletops and international food. Gates C101-115, post-security

Vesper Tavern: An American tavern with a full bar, burgers, and a raw bar. Gate C70-99, post-security

Wabi Sabi: Inspired by New York City favorite Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the menu here has dumplings, fried crab claws, and gyoza. Gates C70-99 and C120-139, post-security

Wanderlust Burger Bar: Five-time Burger Bash winner Josh Capon designed this menu, which features a ton of burgers alongside an even longer list of beers. Gates C70-99, post-security

World Bean Coffee: Coffee stand. Baggage claim #6 and gates C70-99, and C120-139, post-security

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