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High fliers give airport food an upgrade

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is giving LaGuardia travellers plenty to chew over with a helping of high profile restaurant offerings from some of the biggest names in the business.

Hospitality guru Danny Meyer and celebrity chefs Scott Conant and Julian Medina will each serve up New York-inspired eating experiences in the airport as part of its $8 billion makeover.

According to the governnor, the offerings are the result of extensive research and feedback from travelers on what they want and expect from a 21st century airport experience.

“As LaGuardia Airport transforms into a modern, global gateway, it is critical that travelers have the opportunity to taste some of the best local dining New York has to offer,” Governor Cuomo said.

“From a Hudson Valley coffee roaster, to a Mexico City-style taqueria born in East Harlem, the new Terminal B will highlight iconic restaurateurs and give travelers who pass through it an authentic taste of what it’s like to be a New Yorker.”

Featuring exclusive offerings from airport specialists HMSHost and SSP America, the dining concepts are the product of a selection process led by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the private entity operating and redeveloping LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B.

LGP used consumer feedback to bring world-renowned brands and NYC favorites to the new airport, while also creating local jobs in Queens.

Osteria Fusco

HMSHost will provide the dining experiences of Osteria Fusco, Shake Shack and La Chula and SSP America will contribute offerings from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Kingside Bar and Restaurant, and 5 Boroughs Food Emporium.

Along with a mix of award-winning New York brands and regionally sourced products, each operator also partnered with Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, or ACDBEs, to offer local small businesses the opportunity to showcase their products within the new concourse and grow their brands.

The new Terminal B will open in phases starting later this year, with the first gates in the terminal’s eastern most concourse and these new concession partners.

The first retail shops and services to open will be announced shortly. More food and retail offerings will arrive in the main part of the terminal and the western concourse as those project phases are completed.
More than 50 new restaurants, shops, and services will be available to guests as part of the overall redevelopment of Terminal B.

The $8 billion project, 80 percent of which is funded through private financing and existing passenger fees, involves the construction of a new airport on top of an existing one while remaining fully operational.

The project includes a new Terminal B, which will serve Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest and United; a new Delta Air Lines Terminal C, replacing the current Terminals C and D; an improved roadway system; new parking infrastructure, and other associated projects.

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