Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel rush, New York’s La Guardia Airport — which also is one of the country’s busiest airports during this big food holiday — opens its newest restaurant and bar, Wibar.
Wibar, which is set to have its grand opening today, Nov. 12, in La Guardia’s Delta Terminal C, is the newest creation of the airport food and beverage operator OTG.
Wibar’s wine list was composed by famed and awarded Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn, and features the impressive amount of 101 premium wines by the glass from all around the world. All wines at Wibar are dispensed from an WineEmotion wine serving system — an automatic wine dispenser that can be set to serve different-sized pours of wine. Customers can enjoy tasting pours (2 ounces), flights, half- and full-bottles, as well as a selection of small bites, paninis, and salads to complement the wine. Menu items include the "Ploughman’s Platter" with country pâté, smoked duck, raw onions, mustard, cornichons, and ciabatta ($15); the deviled egg trio with chorizo, truffle, and chive ($9); and smoked duck ciabatta with fig relish, arugula, and Parmesan ($12.50). From 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wibar also offers a separate breakfast menu with classic morning dishes such as Scottish smoked salmon on a bagel and steel-cut oatmeal, as well as more unexpected items like fig and ricotta panini, and a meat platter.
"People travel the world over, always looking for something new. At the same time, if they are stopping over in a particular area, region, town, they are looking forward to checking out the local fare. In our case, Long Island and the Finger Lakes have their time to shine. Plus, we feature some exotic great varieties that can excite the imagination," said Dagorn.
Designed by New York City-based design firm ICRAVE, Wibar has a sleek, modern look where "each seat feels like you are sitting at the sommelier's feature table," according to a press release. In addition, the wine bar offers OTG's iPad experience, giving diners access to iPads on which they can browse a visual menu translatable in 20 different languages, have access to real-time flight information, and browse the Web (for free).