DEEP BLUE – JFK AIRPORT NEW YORK
Terminal 5, JFK Airport Access Road New York, NY 10010
Date dined: 3.21.12
It can be quite a challenge to find a decent meal while traveling. I often end up bringing a protein bar or some other lovely unperishable treat so as to avoid the inevitable gummy airport sandwich. Some of the larger hub airports have started taking a hint and are realizing that travelers will in fact take the time to sit down and enjoy some good food if they know its there.
If you find yourself in Terminal 5 at JFK airport in New York, Deep Blue is your best bet for a solid meal. Deep Blue was ranked first on the list by Food and Wine Magazine of best airport dining in the US. It has a chef formerly of Buddakan in Manhattan, décor that actually somewhat resembles restauranteur Stephen Starr’s style and a menu of fresh sushi and other Japanese dishes. After a long week we used it as our meeting place to have a cocktail and a snack before our flight.
By the time I got there, one of our friends who prefers arriving to the airport extremely early, had already had about 4 courses and so he was able to recommend some of his favorites. To start I had the yellowtail salad which was basically yellowtail sashimi in a ponzu sauce with a few strips of greens on top. It was actually quite delicious. The fish was fresh and melt in your mouth buttery with the tangy, salty ponzu.
I traded a slice of my salad for a piece of the crispy rice with spicy tuna. The rice was pressed thinly against a piece of nori and then fried to create a warm crispy cracker for the spicy tuna. Worth it.
On the side we had some grilled vegetables which were glazed with a little sweet sauce like an eel sauce.
Finally I shared a few of their signature rolls and a hand roll as my main course. The hand roll was bright fresh uni accompanied by a wedge of avocado, grapefruit and seasoned with a shizo leaf. A winning combination.
A meal at Deep Blue along with a dirty martini or two definitely makes for a more enjoyable flight. Bon voyage!