We’re probably not telling you anything you don’t already know when we say “going to the airport” isn’t exactly on everyone’s bucket list. But just like every destination is different, so is every airport. And just as navigating a new city is challenging in and of itself, so is navigating a new airport. Should I go for Ivar’s chowder or Beecher’s mac & cheese at SeaTac? Do I have time to do yoga at SFO’s Terminal 2? How long will it take to get to ATL’s Concourse E for a cocktail at One Flew South?
If you’re anything like us, then these are the types of questions you have. But never fear, because we have answers to your airport questions with our series of guides to America’s airports. Today, we bring you the TripIt airport guide to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
Located 15 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan, Newark Liberty International Airport is one of several international airports that serve New York City. As one of the first major airports in the U.S., EWR was long one of New York City’s busiest airports for flights. Today, it’s one of the top 15 busiest U.S. airports in terms of passengers. It has three terminals, out of which United has the most flights. This makes sense as EWR is United’s third-largest hub.
The complimentary AirTrain connects each of the terminals, as well as parking lots and the rental car facility. EWR is served by public transportation, including the Northeast Corridor train from Penn Station that is the most convenient way to get from Manhattan. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport for the first 30 minutes, and then available for hourly and daily increments for a charge.
Newark Liberty International Airport recently received major upgrades, with a number of new establishments (several of which are local) coming to the airport. Many of these restaurants can be found in United’s Terminal C. This includes Wanderlust, a burger bar with a long list of gourmet burgers and beer offerings, and Saison, a French bistro. Other Terminal C restaurants include Vo Banh Mi (from the same guys behind popular NYC sandwich shop Num Pang), Abruzzo Italian Steakhouse and Wabi-Sabi for dim sum (inspired by NYC Chinatown’s first dim sum spot, Nom Wah Tea Parlor).
Needless to say, Terminal C is where you’ll find the trendiest and widest variety of restaurants at EWR. However, you have options elsewhere. There’s Sora Sushi and Sandella’s Flatbread Café (Terminal B), and Philip’s Seafood and Earl of Sandwich (Terminal A). Additionally, you’ll find a number of chain restaurants such as Ruby Tuesday (Terminal A), Tony Roma’s (Terminal A), Chili’s Too (Terminal B), Wendy’s (Terminal B) and Subway (Terminal B).
Where to drink at EWR also begins in Terminal C. One such watering hole is Proof, a whiskey-forward restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a long list of whiskies (as well as beer, wine and cocktails) that you won’t find at just any airport bar. Also in Terminal C is Caps Beer Garden, which has a great whiskey selection. But what Caps is really known for is their beer menu that includes many specialty international beers as well as craft American brews. The beer trend continues at Belgian Beer Café, which is part Belgian restaurant and part Belgian bar, featuring a selection of beers from across Europe.
You’ll also find a number of staple airport bars with a full bar, such as Champps (Terminal B), City Point Bar (Terminal B) and McGinley’s Pub (Terminal B). In Terminal A, you have Currito Cantina, which features a selection of margaritas and other Latin-themed cocktails, and Tony Roma’s, which has a full bar.
Newark Liberty International Airport has a plethora of local and designer shops including Papyrus (Terminal A), Swatch (Terminal B), Brookstone (Terminal C) and even the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Terminal C). Unique to EWR is D_parture Spa, which is a full-service spa with two locations in Terminal C, where you can even get a haircut and style.
Unlike many international airports, Newark International Airport is within just a few miles of a number of great things to do in Newark such as the Newark Museum and The Mills at Jersey Gardens, the largest outlet mall in New Jersey.
Being one of United’s largest hubs, EWR has a number of United Club lounges, including two in Terminal C and one in Terminal A. Delta and American both have lounges. Not to mention, there are several international lounges in Terminal B, including Lufthansa, British Airways and the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse. New to EWR is the Art & Lounge, located pre-security in Terminal B, which is accessible to all passengers for a $35 day pass. Additionally, TripIt users can easily access information and whereabouts of EWR’s airport lounges thanks to the new LoungeBuddy feature in the TripIt app.
Note: TripIt Pro’s LoungeBuddy perk will end on April 15, 2019. If you have redeemed your $25 credit, you will need to use it through the LoungeBuddy app. For information about when the credit expires and how to use it, please contact LoungeBuddy customer support.
Spencer is a seasoned food, drink, and travel writer who has written for publications from Outside Magazine to Travel + Leisure and Los Angeles Times. When he’s not traveling, he’s perfecting his favorite cocktails in his home bar. He chronicles his adventures (and cocktails) on his travel site, Whiskey Tango Globetrot.