I've got a 6-hour layover. Arriving JFK 1:15PM on Wednesday, flying back out 7:50PM. I could take the airtrain to the LIRR and be at Penn Station in 45 minutes. From there I know what to do - probably Xi'an Famous Foods, or maybe some xiaolongbao, or Ippudo, or any number of options. I know what I would eat in Manhattan, but I don't know my way around any other borough at all. And I'm thinking, I'll bet there's some great food closer to the airport. The AirTrain stops at Sutphin Blvd Station. Anything right near there? Or just a stop or two away on the E, J, or Z?
I'm willing to spend some money for something awesome, but I imagine I'll end up at a cheaper place because (a) I prefer cheap authentic ethnic in general (though, like I said, if it's awesome I'll spend the money) (b) I'm looking for food I can't get in Portland, OR, and most importantly (c) I'm going to be there between lunch and dinner times, so I'll need someplace that'll serve me at 3:00 or 4:00 (so that eliminates Per Se right there).
All ideas welcome. And thank you from your Portland Chowhound.