Story and photos by Elizabeth Fuerst
At Terminal B, a major overhaul of the dining facilities by Australian mall developer Westfield Corp. is serving about 8 million passengers annually. Westfield spent $3.5 million to transform the food courts in Terminal B as well as Terminal A. Dedication of the space took place in December 2014.
The primary pre-security food court is called Liberty Terrace in both terminals. The design is said to be inspired by the “meandering path of an urban park” and features soft lighting, charging outlets and a varied choice of seating ranging from modern banquettes to bar-height tables.
The focal point of Terminal B Liberty Terrace is a 250-foot chain wall mimicking the fluid, dynamic flow of air. Westfield officials claim it is one of the world’s largest installations of chain art. Approximately 1.7 million links of chain were used in the design.
Once through security and at the gates, a traveler can stock up for the plane from easy grab-and-go purveyors or relax at comfortable sit-down eateries. Because Terminal B is the international terminal, dining establishments at the gates seem to cater to foreigners. There are restaurants serving British and Irish pub food, sushi, Mediterranean flatbreads, and authentic Belgian beers, but the American BBQ contingent is represented as well.
Grab a snack
Dunkin’ Donuts: one on the Lower Level and a second on the Upper Level near the Relax/Recharge area that offers seats, tables and chairs, TVs, and outlets for charging devices. Dunkindonuts.com. (973) 623-8888.
Green Beans Coffee Osteria: On International Arrivals Level. From a company that operates coffee bars mostly at U.S. military bases comes fresh brewed coffees, lattes, teas, amazing muffins baked on premises (try the apple pie muffin), other baked goods, and healthy salads. greenbeanscoffee.com.
Market Fresh/Subway: Liberty Terrace Food Court. Beverages, snacks, yogurts, and fresh fruits – like the offerings in a convenience store — with sandwiches and subs in several sizes and bread types from the national Subway chain. (973) 624-0205.
Have a meal
City Point Bar: Near entrance to Gates B40-47. Modest offerings in the meals categories (burgers, gourmet wrap sandwiches, and Caesar salads with grilled chicken), but drinks are good, and the plane-watching from the bar’s huge windows is worth the price of the alcohol. No website.
Currito Burrito Without Borders: Liberty Terrace Food Court. A national chain known for the quality of its burritos, tacos, guacamole, Mexican toppings like roasted corn salsa, and hot sauces. The restaurants bills itself as “Burritos without Borders,” a nod to the Japanese, Indian, and Thai-Peanut, and Buffalo concoctions on the menu. currito.com. (973) 547-7938.
Famous Famiglia: Liberty Terrace Food Court. Outpost of a national chain serving thin-crust pizzas with meat and veggie toppings, strombolis, pastas, and lasagna. New healthy options like steamed vegetables and baked chicken. Famousfamiglia.com. (973) 824-1120.
Mediterranean Bistro Express. Liberty Terrace Food Court. The image of Mediterranean foods conjures dreams of falafels, hummus, tzatziki sauce, and fattoush, almond rice, and tabbouli salads. Tasty fare of this type enlivens this clean, modern eat-in or take-out. Also on the menu are Greek Gyros made of beef and Shawarma made from chicken. Midfieldconcession.com/locations/dtw/Mediterranean-Grill.
Wendy’s: Liberty Terrace Food Court. Among the best of the national “quick service” burger chains. There are chicken wraps, fresh-made salads, and French fries. The kids will definitely want to eat here due to name recognition. wendys.com. (973) 596-6976. Open until 9 p.m.
Grab a snack
Green Beans Coffee Osteria: Gates B61-68. From a company that operates coffee bars mostly at U.S. military bases comes fresh brewed coffees, lattes, teas, amazing muffins baked on premises (try the apple pie muffin), other baked goods, and healthy salads. This is a smaller concession than the one on the International Arrivals level. greenbeanscoffee.com.
Java Moon Café: Concourse to Gates B40-47. A local New Jersey provider of coffee and healthy-option snackables such as hummus and crackers in a container. Perfect to take on the plane. Java Moon has started offering hot Panini-style sandwiches such as quesadillas and Philly cheesesteak.javamooncafe.com. (732) 928-3633.
Unusual Times Grab and Go: Gates B50-58. Snacks and beverages. Unusualtimes.net.
Have a meal
Belgian Beer Café: Concourse to Gates B50-58. A kind of indoor beer garden that serves meals throughout the day to accompany a wide variety of authentic Belgian beers. The morning menu offers a hearty European breakfast, changing for lunch and dinner when travelers can order Belgian specialties like mussels in white wine, steak frites, and Flemish beef stew. Lots of light appetizers, such as cheese croquettes. Belgianbeercafe.us. (973) 286-7650. Open until 10:30 p.m.
Champps Americana: Concourse to Gates B40-47. An all-American sports bar, Champps is an outpost of a national chain specializing in burgers and comfort foods. Try the BBQ brisket or the BBQ half-chicken. Desserts are special here. Sometimes Champps has apple pie a la mode, but any ice cream dish is good, and feeds more than one! Nice children’s menu. Champps.com. (973) 547-7937. Open until 11 p.m.
McGinley’s Irish Pub: Gates B61-68. Travelers can order a Guinness and watch TV until their flights are called. Irish pub food such as sausages, roast beef sandwiches, and hot dogs with mustard and sauerkraut. No website. (212) 435-7000.
Sandella’s Flatbread Café: Gates B-40-47. With a brick oven-baked flatbread that is a “secret family recipe” and is free of fat, cholesterol, and anything artificial, Sandella’s is able to offer travelers filling paninis, quesadillas, flatbread pizzas, and wraps. There are a number of fresh salads on the menu as well as rice bowls, which are healthy toppings over brown rice. Sandellas.com. (732) 972-4169.
Sora Sushi: Concourse to Gates B40-47. Travelers seem to like Sora’s full breakfasts, with buttermilk pancakes and eggs made your way, bacon and toast. At lunch and dinner this restaurant offers sushi rolls, sashimi, ramen, udon, or soba noodles, vegetable tempura, and hot miso soup. Midfieldconcession.com/locations/ewr/sora. (973) 242-0547.
The Unusual Times: Gates B50-58. Affiliated with Hendrick’s Gin of Girvan, Scotland, Unusual Times serves British pub food and beers, but complicated gin drinks take center stage. Serves breakfast, too. Great graphics on the menus! Unusualtimes.net.