If you’re in a taxi to LaGuardia Terminal C and are feeling even a little bit peckish, you’ll want to ask the driver to stop at McDonald’s on the way, because there’s really nothing to eat when you arrive. BUT, and it’s a big but, if you can wait until after security, you’ll find some of the best establishments in the entire airport.
Pretend you’re heading to Italy instead of Indiana, with rustic pasta at Cotto, by chef Michael White (Osteria Morini, Nicoletta). Or choose between highbrow and lowbrow pizza, with a slice to-go from the popular Artichoke Pizza or a more intimate pie and wine from Crust. Hit up Kombo (created with the help of Chuko’s Jamison Blankenship) for spicy tonkotsu ramen, gyoza, and breakfast items like fried eggs over rice.
For the most fun in LGA, head to Biergarten for local and international brews selected by Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver, and German bar snacks like beer sausage, schnitzel, and goulash. And if you find yourself having one beer too many, soak it up with a lobster roll and crabcakes at Anglers fish shack.
Food is thin on the ground before security in Terminal D, with the only option being light bakery snacks and coffee from World Bean. After your body scan and potential frisk, however, options abound.
Bisoux will transport you to the French countryside with a saucy croque monsieur. Or choose from Italian options at Crust (pizza pies), Tagliare (New York-style slices), and Bar Brace (paninis and other light bites). Wibar pours wines from around the world, and Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda does quality beef patties.