NEW YORK, March 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As United’s Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport nears completion of its $120 million re-imagination, the French Brasserie Saison has been named Best Airport Restaurant Atmosphere by USA TODAY’s 10Best Awards.

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10Best partnered with Airport Revenue News to honor the best airports and airport concessions in the country in 10 different categories. For four weeks in January and February, 10Best and USA TODAY readers voted daily for their favorites.

Saison, which opened in April 2016, was designed by the Rockwell Group to provide travelers with a reprieve from the bustle of the terminal. It features traditional café design elements, such as penny tile flooring, marble counters and tabletops, and antiqued mirrors which are merged with more modern details, such as wood and blackened metal dining chairs, bronze pendant lights and a minimalist raw bar display.

The menu includes dishes such as onion soup gratinee, hand-cut beef tartare prepared tableside, and traditional sandwiches, like croque monsieur and jambon & buerre. Daily selections of cheese are also available.

"Airports and their concessionaires play an important role in a trip experience, and 10Best readers are the consumers of those travel products and services making them the best judge for categories like this,” said Travis Seward, USA TODAY 10Best VP of Travel. “So, we were pleased to present Saison with the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Airport Restaurant Atmosphere for 2017. Having choices like Saison makes all the difference, providing travelers with a dining option that's convenient and insulates them from the chaotic terminal."

“Our design partners at Rockwell Group brought something so memorable to Terminal C’s United Experience, creating a space and feel seemingly right from a Parisian street,” said Rick Blatstein, OTG’s CEO. “It’s like finding your favorite brasserie - that just happens to be in an airport terminal.”

“We are very honored that Saison at Newark Airport was named the top airport restaurant atmosphere by travelers,” said David Rockwell, founder and President, Rockwell Group. “It’s very exciting for us to work with OTG and have the opportunity to help transform airport dining into something more enjoyable and pleasurable.”

As with OTG’s other airport restaurants, diners at Saison order on iPads, and USA TODAY raves “there are plenty of places to plug in and recharge gadgets pre-flight.”

The United Experience at Newark Liberty includes more than 5,500 iPads, driven by OTG’s award-winning flo® tech, featuring visual menus, flight tracker, recommendation engines, entertainment and more.

Travelers can scan their boarding pass as they sit down, personalizing their experience to redeem vouchers or access special offers. United MileagePlus® members may also pay for their purchases using their award miles for food, drinks or retail – all delivered right to their seat.

Three additional OTG restaurants placed in the Top 10 for Best Airport Restaurant Atmosphere: Fetta (Toronto), Local Tavern (Philadelphia), and Caps Beer Garden (Newark).

District Bar (Washington Reagan) and Proof Whiskey Bar (Newark) were included in the Top 10 ‘Best Airport Bars,’ while Local Tavern (Philadelphia), and Page (Washington Reagan) made the Top 10 for ‘Best Airport Sitdown Dining.’

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 737 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.

About OTG
OTG is a high-growth company that is transforming the airport travel experience for millions of travelers every year. OTG combines world-class hospitality and award-winning cuisine with innovative design and state-of-the-art technology. OTG’s restaurant concepts are complemented by the company’s tablet experience, which was the first of its kind in the industry. Since 1996, OTG has been redefining the guest experience in airports, transforming the way passengers interact with the terminal. The company is currently one of the leading airport food and beverage operators in North America with more than 300 restaurants and retail locations across 10 airports. For more information, visit OTGexp.com.

 

Media Contacts:
OTG: Eric Brinker, Vice President of Experience 917-533-0644, eric@otgexp.com
United Airlines Media Relations: 872-825-8670, media.relations@united.com