Now chef Amanda Cohen, feted for her beloved Lower East Side restaurant Dirt Candy, joins those ranks with the opening of Thyme, a hot new all-vegetarian restaurant inside Terminal C.
Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetarian restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side.
It was one of the first vegetable-focused restaurants in the city, and is considered the leader of the vegetable-forward movement.
Dirt Candy became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from The New York Times, was recognised by the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice, and many others.
“I am thrilled to partner with OTG and United Airlines to bring the vegetarian recipes I love so much to a wide range of travellers at United’s Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport”, she says.
“This is an exciting, unique opportunity to expand vegetable-focused cuisine to a wide range of international travellers.”
Rick Blatstein, OTG’s chief executive officer says: “We are committed to bringing a variety of inspired dining options to the airport. Thyme is a great new addition for United customers, offering delicious vegetarian and vegan choices.”
Select menu items include Braised Shitake Mushroom, Grilled Romanesco Steak featuring cashew and creamed kale, Purple Yam Fried “Rice” with kimchi, Grilled Orange Carrot, Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Sunchoke Ratatouille.
While Thyme's beverage programme draws on fresh and organic ingredients, showcasing the versatility of herbs, spices and market-fresh produce in an unexpected setting.
One unique selection is the Strawberry Turmeric Buck, a distant cousin of the Dark and Stormy and Moscow Mule that features fresh turmeric root, freshly muddled strawberries, lime juice, St. Croix white rum and a splash of club soda.
Technology will be prevalent at Thyme with iPads equipped with OTG’s award-winning customer experience platform, flo.
Each tablet will feature the day’s menu but also entertainment options and flight information. Customers may also purchase magazines, gifts and other sundries that are then delivered to their table as they dine — and even pay for them through United MileagePlus.