My friend arrives at JFK (terminal 4) for a 4 hour layover on Saturday at noon. I am supposed to meet him. I don't have a car. He can take the airtrain/ subway; so can I. He is fine with a 15-20 min commute (includes walk from terminal to AirTrain, AirTrain to subway, and maybe a short subway ride if necessary. He doesnt want to spend too much time commuting, since we dont have that much time once you budget for the security lines, commute and lunch.
We would like to get decent food in an airconditioned place, and chat for a couple of hours. This needs to be really close to one of the Airtrain stations at Jamaica/ Howard Beach (or, worst case a couple of subway stops away).
Which direction should I ask my friend to take the Airtrain (towards Jamaica / E train or the Howard Beach stop)? Can we get something right by the Airtrain stop, where the food is decent and we can sit a while? Or shall I ask him to take the subway a few stops?
Thank you very much for your feedback.