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LaGuardia’s Edgy New Restaurants

A grilled tuna salad.

Photo: Paul Wicheloe

Once dominated by cookie-cutter fast-food joints, LaGuardia’s Delta Terminal is adding a welcome dose of Big Apple flavors to its departures hall, courtesy of some of New York’s top purveyors and restaurateurs. Here, a glimpse at four of our favorite just-opened spots (and another to look forward to).

Minnow

Andrew Carmellini, the chef behind downtown’s Locanda Verde, has a thing for European airport seafood bars. It’s no wonder, then, that he’s planning to open this counter-style spot serving East Coast oysters, steamed mussels, and hearty chowders in 2011. Dinner for two $54.

Custom Burger

You can’t go wrong with a super-meaty, griddle-seared, quarter-pound burger made with beef from New York celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda. Lunch for two $40.

Bisoux

This bistro menu was created by Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, chefs at Manhattan’s Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. Their confit de canard with crispy fries cooked in duck fat transports you to Paris without making you leave the gate. Lunch for two $96.

World Bean

With beans from some of the best micro-roasters around, World Bean has landed where good java is needed most. Baristas grind and brew espresso drinks on a $18,000 Slayer machine. Coffee for two $7.

Prime Tavern

Created with the help of chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, Prime Tavern serves up dry-aged steaks and buttery lobster rolls accompanied by a beer list curated by Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver. Dinner for two $130.

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