I’ve written several times about Bobby Van’s at New York JFK terminal 8. It’s a Priority Pass restaurant so if you have your Priority Pass card from Chase, Citibank or Capital One you get a $28 credit there ($56 for two people).
Bobby Van’s is one of the better airport restaurants in the Priority Pass program. While you’re supposed to have a same day boarding pass to enter, that still lets you eat there both on arrival in New York and on departure as well.
In my experience they don’t actually check boarding passes, just swipe your card. If I were an American Airlines crewmember based in New York I’d definitely get a credit card that offers unlimited Priority Pass visits (not from American Express, which doesn’t cover restaurant visits).
Since the American Airlines terminal is underutilized throughout much of the day, Bobby Van’s is quiet. Eventually British Airways will move in, the terminal will pick up a bit, and of course the terminal’s concessions program is turning over. But for now there’s a vast restaurant with staff just waiting for you to swipe your Priority Pass card. Everyone that was there during my most recent visit had one.
Some people do order steaks here. I’ve had the tuna burger and I’ve had the chili (which is excellent) and several other items. They may have the best airport restaurant burger you can buy in the United States. It’s actually delicious – from a nicely cooked piece of beef to excellent bun. And it’s even better when the basic burger is $25 on the menu plus tax meaning you’re really just going to pay for the tip and anything else you might add or drink.
If you have enough time to kill, it’s certainly better to have a meal at Spicy Lanka in Jamaica near the airport. But for q quick meal this is one of the great tricks in travel.