About 30 million people passed through LaGuardia in 2016, and maybe 30 of them had a good word to say about it. It’s so cramped and overcrowded, former Vice President Biden in 2014 compared it to a “third-world country.” Yet all is not lost. The food options have improved recently, and the future is bright, with a $4 billion makeover in the works.
Yankee Clipper Deli -- before security -- is widely considered LGA’s overlooked gem. With standard New York deli prices, this is the best bet for a solid sandwich before your flight (the breakfast-time bacon, egg, and cheese is a beast). After security, the only option is World Bean for coffee and pastries.
The pre-security area of Terminal B is a chain-lover’s paradise, offering up airport comfort foods like Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, bagels from Einstein Bros., Dunkin Donuts, and grab-and-go snacks from Au Bon Pain. To refuel before battling the scanners, hit up Five Guys for a bacon cheeseburger and fresh-cut Cajun fries.