Internet monitors are available in the seating areas of the gates, however, they are not free. There are many single seats with monitors – great if you are alone, but are placed in such a way that you have to scooch up in your seat to use them.
The food selection at the terminal is not great, but at 6 a.m., not many people cared. The selections are:
Taste of Prime Tavern, Steakhouse – Local organic greens, lobster roll, buffalo chicken wings, steak sandwiches and burgers, jumbo shrimp
Taste of Tagliare – Pizza
Taste of Custom Burgers
Cibo Express – Sandwiches, snacks
Taste of WorldBean – Coffee
The few shops in the terminal are:
New York Times Bookstore
PGA Tour Shop
Brooks Brothers (!)
Big Apple Marketplace
I can’t even remember what I got to eat, after having woken up at 4 a.m., but it was probably a snack from the Big Apple Marketplace – most likely having to do with muffins or crackers. Most of my time was spent in the bookstore, where you can purchase used paperbacks for half price. Pick a book from this particular section of the store, read it on your trip, return it when you fly back home, and then pick another. That is a great idea and probably the only bargain to be found at LaGuardia. I bought The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, which I enjoyed so much I kept it, and lent it to my son, Nick, and friend, Ginny.
Since it was so early in the morning, not everything was open. I managed to waste my hour and change fooling around with the internet monitors, playing Backgammon and Hearts on my ipod, walking around, worrying if the pilot got enough sleep (doesn’t matter how many times I fly…) and chatting. I miss the days when you could get to the airport with a minute to spare before takeoff, running like a maniac through the terminal – oh, the drama!