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March 8, 2013

OMGBBQ! Shake Shack and Blue Smoke Coming to JFK Airport

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Written by: Jason Rabinowitz
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As a part of their ongoing quest to “win New York,” Delta Airlines along partners SSP and JFKIAT announced the upcoming lineup of restaurants coming to the new Terminal 4 expansion at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

If you have ever watched the Food Network, you will probably recognize several of the celebrity chefs that will be bringing their brands to Terminal 4. Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Blue Smoke will both be opening in the first phase of new restaurants. New Yorkers may know these restaurants best as being the anchor tenants of the center field food court at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Also opening at Terminal 4 are Uptown Brasserie and Street Food, both created by Top Chef champion Marcus Samuelsson. A host of other new restaurants are slated, as well as old favorites such as Buffalo Wild Wings and McDonalds, will be relocated to bigger spaces.

The restaurants will be completed in phases, with the first locations in Phase 1 opening to passengers in May 2013, coinciding with the opening of Delta’s Concourse B extension. As a part of the reconfiguration of Terminal 4, nearly all restaurants and shops will be airside, requiring a ticket to pass through security. Central Diner, however, will open pre-security.
“These new restaurant offerings, which complement the exciting renovations made by SSP just a few years ago, demonstrate that Terminal 4 is again raising the bar,” said Alain Maca, JFKIAT President.

The new restaurant options at Terminal 4 will catch JFK up to the new options at LaGuardia, which has recently received a similar refresh by SSP competitor OTG.

Artist rendering of Uptown Brasserie, coming to Terminal 4

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  • Brian Kaplan

    Thank God there will be something more than Idlewild Wine Bar past security! Though the Delta lounge isn’t so bad.