I hadn’t been to Newark Liberty (EWR) in years, like more than a decade, and it has changed considerably for the better. One of the airports serving NYC as well as most of the Garden State, it has very heavy traffic. There were people everywhere.
We’re talking a TON of restaurants, shops and amenities. It’s still crowded, and the addition of said trendy restaurants in the middle of the concourses narrows the walking path quite a bit. But, at least there’s stuff to see and do.
I was really pleasantly surprised at the amount of food choices and the presence of the Global Food Bazaar, although ramen, pizza and philly cheesesteaks doesn’t quite scream “global” to me…but at least they tried.
There are 121 gates in three terminals A-C, each with three concourses. A serves JetBlue, Alaska, Virgin, Southwest, Air Canada, American, United Express. B is international, Delta and Spirit. C is United and is the terminal I passed through (i.e walked circles in). If you’re flying in from the north, sit on the left side of the plane. You’ll catch a great view of Manhattan and will even be able to see the lights of Times Square from very high up (think about all that energy being used!)
Remember: ✈️ = EW-R to ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ = the Boss
Convenience to the city: ✈️✈️✈️ (airtrain connects to the train/amtrak station which will connect you basically everywhere in the tri-state area)
Ease of navigating through terminals: ✈️✈️ (the hallways are narrow because of restaurants taking up the middle portion)
Dining: ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️ (Global Bazaar food market, CBGB, all sorts of chains, upmarket restaurants/bars, fast casual bistro types, Dumpling Bar–I would skip this food is meh, neapolitan pizza, french brasserie, steakhouse, sushi/ramen, oyster bar — like everything you could want at exorbitant prices)
Bathrooms: ✈️✈️ (clean but there could be more of them dispersed)
Charging stations/wifi: ✈️✈️✈️ (free wifi available, plentiful charging)
Amenities: ✈️✈️✈️✈️ (the shops are a little weird, America! store? Swatch? There is a Metropolitan Museum of Art store so that’s a plus, CBGB’s, spas–mainly the things to see here are food based and of course, people watching–the best activity on layover)