• Sunday, December 17, 2017

Best Airport Lounge JFK

American Airlines - The Flagship Lounge has arrived
July 26, 2017

Finally, a reason we want to spend time at JFK.  Yes, we mean the airport. American Airlines has recently opened its Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining.  This is not just a surface renovation either; American Airlines is looking to bring the golden age of travel back to the American airline industry.  They’ve committed a cool $200 mil to elevating the first class experience, from the private check-in area to the amped up lounge.  In layman terms, that means a blissful environment to begin your travels, gourmet cuisine, high-end wine and craft cocktails, which are complimentary to those with the golden (or first class) tickets.   

Our verdict?  The food, beverage and service at the lounge is exceptionally good.  In fact, it’s bordering on excellent.  While we like to generally slide into our seats at the front of the plane at the very last minute before takeoff, it’s now worth it to come a few hours early and get the full VIP treatment. The restaurant, which is complimentary to those who are traveling on certain business class international flights and first class flyers, is set up like a farm to table full-service experience.  You will know the provenance of your cheese – Sprout Creek Farms in case you were wondering – and your beef is of course grass fed from specialty purveyor Joyce Farms.  We highly suggest the burger, which is cooked to spec on a fresh brioche bun. 

Of course no proper airport lounge is complete without a proper bar, and they brought in the dream team of mixology with NY-based Pamela Wiznitzer and Master Sommelier Desmond Echavarrie.  The spiced tequila is a personal Galavante team favorite, and last we checked in, the wines were Californian, in keeping with the American and locally sourced theme. 

New York was the first destination, but soon to follow are Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angles LAX, London Heathrow, Miami and Philadelphia.  Even more reasons to spend time at the airport.