This is my review of the British Airways Concorde Room lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7.
I don’t think I have been here before, to be honest. That is not as odd as it seems since a short overnight flight from New York to London is not the best way to experience British Airways First Class or maximise the value of your Avios points. I would have taken a Club World seat if one was available or, preferably, the new American Airlines business class seat, but the option wasn’t there.
My other New York trips since I started this site have concluded with flights on Singapore Airlines First Class (to Frankfurt, reviewed here) or airberlin (see here and here, and a new airberlin long haul review is in the pipeline).
Terminal 7 has a private security channel for premium passengers. The problem is that it only has one scanning machine. Given the large number of premium passengers and premium seats flying out of Terminal 7 – including the ‘all business class’ Open Skies services to Paris – the numbers don’t work. A staff member was desperately trying to get people to walk to the other side of the terminal to use the normal lanes which were apparently empty.
I was probably part of the problem as I ended up needing FIVE trays for my hand baggage after they insisted it be broken out in certain ways ….
The good news, once through security, is that you are just 10 seconds from the entrance to The Concorde Room. Like the Heathrow version (which I don’t like, see my Heathrow Concorde Room review here), this lounge is exclusively for ticketed First Class passengers and the top tier of Gold Guest List card holders.
There isn’t a huge amount going on in the lounge, but that isn’t the point. It is meant to be a quiet space where you can have a proper meal and a waiter-delivered drink. There is more ‘going on’ over in the main lounge.
Here is part of the seating area (click on any of the photos to enlarge):
Tucked around the corner is a small business centre:
If you don’t want a formal meal, snack are limited:
and, by the bar:
Whilst I didn’t get a picture, the selection of magazines is woeful – clearly ‘pay to play’ is at work. (That said, the Heathrow Galleries are also ‘pay to play’ AFAIK but they do seem to draw a line. Not here! At least it wasn’t as bad as What Pool and Hot Tub? which Singapore Airlines is happy to give out at Heathrow ….) There was a decent selection of newspapers.
Here are the dining booths:
The food choices that night were,as appetisers:
Tuna slider with avocado, charred lime, sriracha chips, brioche bun (see below)
Eckerton Hill Farms heirloom tomato with buffalo mozzarella, shallot red wine gastrique, sea salt
There is also a salad option which you can have as well as, or alongside, a starter or main.
The choice of mains was:
Filet Mignon with pea ravioli, baby carrot, celeriac puree and au poivre sauce
Miso glazed pork tenderloin with braised baby leeks, corn and boiled potatoes
Seared polenta crusted monkfish with cockle mariniere broth, pistou and samphire (see below)
Vegetable pot au feu with limami consomme
And finally for dessert which only had one option:
Passionfruit crumble with pistachio crumb, micro mint, Summer berries and passionfruit coulis (see below)
There was also Black River blue cheese with lavender honey as an additional option afterwards.
And that is about it. If you want a pool table, book yourself on Virgin! (here is my review of Virgin’s JFK lounge). The Concorde Room is a quiet, relaxing space where you can have a decent – although not life-changing – meal before your flight.
It isn’t the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, by any means. I would happily go there again but I would not recommend spending the extra Avios for First over Club World purely on the basis of visiting the New York JFK Concorde Room.
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