OTG To Develop Dining At Delta’s Terminal At LGA

Delta Airlines has selected OTG Management to develop 13 new dining concepts for the main terminal facility at LaGuardia (LGA).

“As part of our aggressive plan to invest and improve our main terminal  
at LaGuardia, Delta is fully committed to enhancing the experience for  
our New York customers with superior amenities that include outstanding  
food and beverage choices,” says Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice  
president -New York. “We’re confident that the unique concepts we’re  
developing with OTG at LaGuardia will reinforce our efforts to become  
New York’s preferred airline, offering our passengers the best customer  
experience available in airport dining.”

Several of New York City’s top chefs, such as Riad Nasr, Lee Hanson, Michael Lomonaco, Dominick DeMarco, Jamison Blankenship, Jim Lahey and Jason Denton, and restaurateurs Chris Cannon and Garrett Oliver will create the new concepts, which will begin opening in the fall and be exclusive to Delta’s main terminal at LGA.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Delta to create a truly unique dining program at LaGuardia that will introduce not only great local chefs and concepts, but will also bring services and dining options to the terminal that have never been done before,” says Rick Blatstein, CEO of OTG Management.

The first phase of the redesign begins Aug. 21. In addition to the 13 food and beverage concepts and brands, there will be a gourmet food hall, coffee bars and a wine bar. The space is expected to be completed by next summer.

“OTG is committed to reinventing the airport dining experience and  
establishing a new, higher standard for food and beverage that is  
offered to travelers,” says Blatstein.

The new dining options replace those that have been in the terminal for more than 10 years. Each new restaurant will feature design, lighting and music created by New York-based design firm ICRAVE and custom music provider EL Media Group.
 Full-serve restaurants, bars and cafes include Bisoux(TM), inspired by Provencal cuisine and offering dishes such as French onion soup, croque monsieur, tuna nicoise and crispy duck confit. At World Bean(TM), the menu includes coffee and espresso beverages made from Fair Trade beans, and loose-leave teas. For those seeking a steakhouse, Prime Tavern features steaks, chops, burgers, salads and fish. Travelers who want pizza can find it at Crust, which features thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas that are individually sized; customers can build their own pizza or choose from a list of composed pies, and antipasti, salads and a full bar are also available. At wibar(TM), guests may select any of 101 wines by the glass, along with tasting pours, flights and full bottles of wines from around the world, as well as beers that are local and global favorites; each bar seat has a touch screen that allows customers to learn more about the wine offerings and pairings, and place their order. Fresh fish and shellfish are on the menu at Minnow, which features raw options, chowders, salads and sandwiches. Bar Brace(TM) offers homemade paninis and bruschetta with classic flavors and new combinations.

At the Cibo Express Gourmet Food Hall, travelers will find self-serve hot and cold food bars, a soup station, sundae station, gourmet market and quick-serve eateries. Tagliare(TM) features classic New York-style pizza from the family who brought DiFara Pizza to Brooklyn. Burgers at Pat LaFrieda Burger are cooked to order and are offered in classic and new combinations; house-made milkshakes are also available. Shiso, an Asian noodle and sandwich shop, serves Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese fare. Harry’s Deli(TM) is a New York-style Jewish deli serving up favorites such as matzo ball soup, knishes, lox and made-to-order sandwiches; many offerings come from local purveyors. At Cibo Express Gourmet Market(TM), more than 1,000 products and beverages await, all pre-packed and on-board ready; the OTG-created market offers organics, vegan, Kosher, all-natural, sugar- and gluten-free and heart-healthy products. And for those wanting beverages ranging from infused cocktails to wines and beers, there’s Imbibe.

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