NY Sports Grill

4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

JFK Airport Terminal 5 (Passengers Only)
Jamaica (Queens), New York, 11430
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Added by kennyo on 08-01-2005

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Shaw:
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3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a great beer bar, especially in an airport. My mother and I ate here in 2005 when flying home to Florida from NYC. And my wife and I ate here in November 2006 during our layover heading to Vermont for our honeymoon.

I'm not a fan of the atmosphere: sports crap, a million TVs blaring. At least there's no smoking. The food is a bit better and the service isn't great. It was packed in 2005 but not so crowded around lunchtime this year. The service was equal regardless of the number of patrons.

So what's to like? They've got more than 40 taps, with the majority being craft beers from the USA and abroad. There are lots of great craft beers that never make it down to Florida, like Magic Hat, Brooklyn, etc.

It's noisy (but you can still talk) and in an airport, but if you are taking JetBlue and want a beer, this is a fine place to have one.

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1.2/5  rDev -60.5%

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3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Terminal 5 bar (Jet Blue)has 46 taps, always something decent on, with some changing seasonals. I had the Magic Hat Stout. It was served fairly cold, and had to wait it out for 10 minutes. They have a fair amount of space here, and make use of it. Can easily get a dozen people in around the bar, plus a few tables. Great for flight delays on Jet Blue flights, in other words whenever bad weather. Prices a bit high, however the same regardless of your yellow fizzy or craft, so in that way it is not too bad.

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Photo of bultrey
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

If only all airport bars were like this...

This bar is located in the JetBlue terminal at JFK ariport, and is reason alone to fly JetBlue (in addition to all the other reasons). Its definitely a reason to get to the airport three hours early or so.

Big-time generic sports bar atmosphere, complete with more memorabilia than you can shake a stick at and, for example, boxing ring posts (with apds) and ropes sectioning off various areas. About 20 TVs with just about every game on, and as one would expect for an airport bar, a fairly lively atmosphere. There's a picture of the place here:

The beer selection and quality is where this place really stands out, with a decent emphasis on locals. I didn't take notes, so I'm working from memory with the beer selection, but I had an Allagash Wit and my girlfriend had a Blue Point Toasted Lager. Both were quite fresh and tasty -- in fact, the Allagash Wit renewed my interest in this amazing beer. They also had selections from Brooklyn, Stone, Smuttynose, Sam Adams, Victory (I think?), Avery, Anchor, Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Abita, Rogue -- essentially most of the micros that have a pretty decent distribution in the Northeast (there were some even rarer drafts, like Allagash, but I fail to remember them). Also many above-average imports. Since I was there in October, they had three Octoberfests on, including Hacker Pschorr and Paulaner. About 30 draft lines overall. Bottles were the usual macro suspects.

Food is typical airport pub grub, none to fancy -- very much like an Applebee's or something. Service was brusk, but the waitresses and bartenders have to deal with a lot of sleazeballs hitting on them endlessly.

The prices are up there -- as one would expect. I paid $20 for the two aforementioned beers, although it should be said that the beer prices are tiered appropriately (the Allagash was more than the Blue Point), and the hefty $10 price tag was for a big, tall glass, possibly a 22 oz. It was worth every penny when you're sitting there with nothing to do. If this bar were in NY but outside the airport, and prices adjusted accordingly, this would no doubt be my first choice whenever I wanted to watch the game and grab a good brew.

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NY Sports Grill in Jamaica (Queens), NY
Place rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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