At LGA, Biergarten has a rotating list of beers picked by Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who obviously knows what he’s doing. An outpost of Artichoke has huge slices of its cult-favorite pizza. And if you absolutely must have Pat LaFrieda meat, hit Metro Burger Bar or Custom Burgers, two spots where the master’s proprietary blend goes into the patties.
At EWR, yes, there’s a Grand Central Oyster Bar, but do you really want to double down on bivalves before a long flight? Instead, opt for one of two wine bars in Terminal C -- Vino Volo or Le Grand Comptoir, both of which also have classy food to go with their classy drinks. (Since we’re talking Newark, classy clientele is not guaranteed.)
5. Hang out on an open-air deck (plus other small things you can enjoy)
At JFK Terminal 5, restock your stationary at the MUJI store, which also has Japanese oddities (desk toys, scent diffusers, etc…) and super-simple basics like T-shirts and socks in case you forgot to pack them. In Terminal 4, go retro and watch planes come and go from the outdoor observation deck at the newish Delta Sky Club lounge.