Some 43.4 million Americans are predicted to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday this week.
For fliers, the busiest travel day is expected to be Sunday, December 1, with an estimated 2.56 million travelers, according to Airlines for America, an airline industry group.
The second busiest is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with 2.42 million fliers. Those numbers compare to the estimated 1.87 million travelers on Saturday, November 23.
For those that may arrive, depart, or catch a connecting flight at La Guardia Airport, we did some research and found what we think are 10 good quality restaurants at or near the airport that we hope makes your travel time more pleasant.
Also check out our top 10 restaurants picks at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Top 10 Restaurants at La Guardia Airport
Food & Wine recommends the following four restaurants at La Guardia Airport:
1) Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda
The revamped LGA food court features burgers by Pat LaFrieda, the butcher who supplies meat blends for Shake Shack, Minetta Tavern and other celebrated burger purveyors (Terminal D).
At this pizzeria by Dominick DeMarco Jr. (of the famed Brooklyn Di Fara pizza family), hungry flyers can get a classic New York slice without ever leaving the terminal (Terminal D).
3) Prime Tavern
LaGuardia’s Delta Terminal may soon be giving JFK’s JetBlueTerminal some healthy competition for top airport dining. Porter House New York’s Michael Lomonaco recently opened Prime Tavern, which features prime dry-aged beef and the usual steakhouse accoutrements (Terminal D).
At the pre-security food court in the Central Terminal Building, F&W Best New Chef 1990 Todd English has an outpost of his Boston pizzeria Figs. It has a view of departing planes and a menu with sandwiches, salads and pizzas with toppings like fig and prosciutto (Central Terminal Building, between Concourses B & C).
Eater recommends the following 3 restaurants at La Guardia:
5) Victory Grill
This new addition to Terminal C was developed by star chef Andrew Carmellini. The menu includes salads, a burger, steaks, roasted chicken, fish entrees, and raw bar offerings. The space includes a bar, so this is a great choice if you want to knock back a drink (or three) before stepping on the plane. See the menu here. [Terminal C, post-security in the Food Court]
6) Vuelo Taqueria
A brand new casual Mexican concept from chef Aarón Sánchez, of Fonda and Centrico. The menu includes tacos, tortas, burritos, and breakfast items all made with quality meat and vegetables. This is the new LaGuardia restaurant that travelers seem to love the most. [Terminal C, post-security in the Food Court]
Delta brought in a star-studded lineup of New York City chefs to develop its culinary redesign of Terminal D, including Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, Pastis, and more), who designed a Provencal-inspired bistro. Croque monsieurs and duck confit are among the items on the menu, and everything can be ordered to-go. [Terminal D, post-security]
Three top notch restaurants located within 15 minuets of LaGuardia airport, courtesy of All Star Limousine.
8) 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria
If you haven’t yet experienced the 5 Napkin Burger chain you are seriously missing out. The restaurant gets its name from the monstrous signature burgers they serve and it is well earned.
Primarily serving American cuisine 5 napkins offers a variety of dishes from around the world including several unique burgers that are exclusive to this Avant-guard burger chain. Serving an a la carte brunch on Saturday and Sunday 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria-Queens is located less then 4 miles from LGA.
9) Uncle Jacks Steakhouse
Uncle Jacks is just about 10 miles from LaGuardia Airport and it’s claim as “The Best Steakhouse in New York” is not too far off. Now given there are some dynamite steakhouses in the NY metro area Uncle Jacks is certainly a contender.
Uncle Jacks boasts several locations but the original was founded in the early 1930’s and was titled simply Jack’s. Their mantra is “Where superior quality and obsessive dedication to craft are the norm”. With an impressive wine menu and the finest USDA Prime Beef Uncle Jacks is a steakhouse not to be missed.
10) Trattoria L’incontro Italian
The go too Italian restaurant near LaGuardia airport. Located only three miles from LGA Trattoria L’incontro is the perfect place to stop in after a long flight, whether you just want to have a nice glass of wine at the wine bar or you are looking for some fine Italian dining. Hand painted murals and an open brick over lend this establishment an air of tradition and comfort and this feeling is also reflected in their vast and somewhat unique menu.
A variety of brick over pizzas are offered at Trattoria L’inconto as well as some very interesting creations (including a brick oven pizza stuffed with chocolate). Trattoria also offers the type of cuisine you would expect from a restaurant known for its fine dining dishes such as fried calamari, muscles in white sauce and grilled octopus are some of the more