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London Lennie’s
63-88 Woodhaven Blvd.
Rego Park, NY 11374
(718) 894-8084

If its 55 years of business in Queens isn’t enough to establish London Lennie’s quality of food and service, this restaurant also boasts several awards for its wine list’s distinction and excellence and rave reviews from the New York Times.  Whether you are dining alone or with fellow travelers, this restaurant will happily accept your reservation, so that you can enjoy the fresh cooked seafood fare and raw bar without worrying about your flight.

Lenny’s Clam Bar
161-03 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
(718) 845.5100

This family-owned restaurant has served hungry JFK travelers and locals since 1974.  Known as “Queen’s Landmark Restaurant,” Lenny’s delicious seafood and Italian-American cuisine and late hours is why it is often considered the best restaurant near JFK. If you choose Lenny’s, be sure to “ask for Joe and get a free glass of wine on the house.”


Sapienza Delicatessen & Restaurant
164-26 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
(718) 323-4011

If you are craving a real New York-style deli, try the “The Pastrami King of Queens.” Sapienza Delicatessen & Restaurant has served Queens for more than 100 years and has been touted as “just as good as Katz,” the popular Katz’s Delicatessen in NYC. Its juicy, hot pastrami sandwich, which is priced at only $10, is much cheaper than most delis in Manhattan and closer to JFK Airport.


Don Peppe
135-58 Lefferts Blvd.
New York, NY 11420
(718) 845-7587

Don Peppe is a great option for both solo and group travelers who are looking for true New York-Italian food, where you can order single entrees and family-style dishes. Reviewers are drooling over the linguine with clam sauce, veal parmesan, freshly baked clams, specialty marinara and impressive wine list. Zagat even said, “it’s hard to find a more authentic ‘NY experience.'” Although Don Peppe is sure to delight your senses, it doesn’t accept reservations or cards, so be sure to make time and bring cash.

155-10 Crossbay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
(718) 322-2606

Whether you are dining with a group or are watching what you eat, this New York Italian restaurant offers family-style dishes and lighter, low-carb cusine, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. This family-owned restaurant opened the doors of its New York location 25 years ago, and has since expanded all the way to Florida.


Pa-Nash Restaurant & Lounge
144-14 243rd St.
Rosedale, NY 11422
(718) 978-6094

Do you want the upscale dining experience of Manhattan but remain close to JFK? Pa-Nash Restaurant and Lounge offers just that, along with Euro Soul food, a fusion of Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine with Caribbean and soul food, exotic drinks and live entertainment. Try the pistachio crumbed lamb chops with rosemary syrup and the flaky mac and cheese rolls.

The Door
16307 Baisley Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11434
(718) 525-1083

Enjoy your trip to Jamaica, NY, by tasting the Jamaican-inspired local cuisine. If you want to explore your taste buds, The Door has you covered.  The menu includes popular dishes found in the U.S. like jerk chicken to strange cuisine like oxtail stew and curry goat for the more adventurous. And yes, they take reservations.


Roka Turkish Cuisine
116-35 Metropolitan Ave.
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
(718) 850-7700

If you are looking for lighter fare, such as soups and salads, Roka Turkish Cuisine is an excellent choice. Roka’s locally sourced and freshly prepared foods will never disappoint you, especially the house-made baklava. The space can only accommodate 40 to 50 people, but they do accept reservations. The restaurant is BYOB, so be sure to make car service reservations as well.


Many factors should be considered when booking a hotel for business travel:

  • Proximity to your destination
  • Cleanliness
  • Price
  • Amenities

Many business travelers have an even longer list of necessities on their hotel checklist. These five-star hotels will meet your needs without breaking the bank.


Located less than five minutes from JFK, Hilton Garden Inn has rooms starting from $229 per night.  For those on business trips, or just those who find it difficult to leave their work at home, amenities include secretarial service and a business center.  Other features, such as their sightseeing tours, may interest those vacationing for pleasure.  Another great benefit of the Hilton is their Bed N’ Breakfast package, which contains a Keurig brewing system in your room and made-to-order breakfast served until 11 a.m.


With rooms starting at $199 per night, you will find that choosing Courtyard by Marriott is quite a deal with the amenities that come along with your room. Located less than a mile from JFK, this hotel contains an American fare restaurant, The Bistro Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They serve Starbucks around the clock for those with early morning or late night flights.  Guests can also get a complimentary shoeshine and access to Courtyard’s 24-hour fitness center.


Hampton has long been a name you can trust in the hospitality industry.  This hotel is no exception.  Located 1.5 miles from JFK, Hampton’s rooms start at only $169 per night.  Guests are invited to partake in their daily complimentary breakfast.  With the On the Run program, those who cannot sit and dine are able to grab a bagged breakfast.

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