Experimenting with Airport Food: Fried Rice and Sushi Edition
What do you do when you're really hungry, and the hungrier you get, the more your flight keeps getting delayed due to weather? Do you play it safe by grabbing some chips and a soda and eat it by the gate, monitoring your flight status the whole time? Or do you chance it by opting for a nice meal many, many gates away at one of the better airport restaurants, while monitoring your flight's information on the boards and on your smartphone?
Yesterday, during New York City's second tornado warning in one month, we faced exactly this dilemma at JFK's Terminal 5. At first, we refused to eat, since our flight was only to be like 35 minutes, but eventually the delays piled in small enough increments that we figured we were safe to try for a real meal. And so, we had our first experience with T5's Deep Blue, a sushi and noodle restaurant that, as a whole, emits a soothing azure glow.
We chanced the crab-fried rice which costs around $13, and we figured we'd end up disappointed with a typical small, moderately warm bowl so typical of airport-ordered dinner. Instead, we got the above. And it was good and shockingly large.
It was so good in fact, that we tentatively opted to add an order of the unagi roll (eel sushi) to our check. And that too, was good. Airport sushi? Yea. We did it and survived. And we still ended up making our delayed flight, which landed in time for dinner. Alas, we were already full.