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One word comes to mind when someone mentions airplane food: blech! Thankfully most airlines have cut back on serving meals so more travelers are picking up food to take with them on the plane. Up until now, most of those food options consisted of fast food and whatever Starbucks has wrapped up. Now New Yorkers and travelers alike can take a gourmet taste of the Big Apple when traveling out of La Guardia thanks to their new upscale eateries that serve natural, local, and organic grub.

Angelina’s Metro Market serves organic, natural food like pasta and salads with over 30 toppings to choose from as well as pastries, bagels, muffins, sandwiches, fruits, veggies, cheese, yogurts, and more. Plus, array of over 120 organic beverages is a thing of beauty.

For those who need some alcohol before, after, or in between flights, there is Wibar. You can peruse the wine list curated by New York restaurateur and wine aficionado Chris Cannon (the wine visionary behind Alto, Convivio, and Marea), which features a wide range of wines from all over the globe including local selections. The beer list was selected by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and features local favorites and hand-picked beers from around the world.

Get a local taste at Bar Brace with locally, homemade Paninis and bruschetta from Jason Denton – the guy behind Lupa and Inoteca. You can also get your NY pizza grub on at Crust with locally made to-die-for crust from NY baking legend Jim Lahey.

For after dinner sipping, turn to World Bean for their micro-roasted fair-trade beans. Choose from an expansive menu of coffee, espresso, and tea.

If you don’t have time to sit down at one of the above places, run through the gourmet food hall for a quick fuel up. Craving a traditional NY Jewish deli? Harry’s Deli serves up amazing sandwiches and Jewish favorites like matzo ball soup and knishes. A majority of the ingredients come from local vendors like Russ & Daughters, Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery, and Eli Zabar. There is also Cibo Express Gourmet Markets with pre-packaged goodies including organic, vegan, Kosher, all-natural, no-sugar, gluten-free, and heart healthy options.

Can you say yum?!