This Lufthansa First Class Lounge JFK Review is a 2018 update by my husband of our prior Lufthansa First Class Lounge JFK Review from a couple years ago. You can also see a YouTube video of the lounge in our upcoming Lufthansa First Class video. See all of our posts tagged Lufthansa.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge JFK Airport Location and Access
The Lufthansa First Class Lounge at JFK is located at Terminal 1, after security. Make an immediate turn to the left; it's the only lounge located on the left, as the other Terminal 1 lounges such as Air France are located on the right.
You'll check in at Reception, on the main level of the lounge where the Business Class Lounge is located, but to get to the Lufthansa First Class Lounge you need to take the elevator to the 3rd level. The First Class lounge is strictly for Lufthansa First Class passengers and HON Circle members, as Star Alliance Gold and Lufthansa Miles & More Senators only have access to the Senator Lounge, on the 2nd floor.
Lufthansa First Class Expedited Security Screening and Escort to the First Class Lounge
I was escorted from the check-in counter, through security (cut in regular line with disgruntled
customers) to the lounge. Nice because wallet and stuff went through first but security took forever, so
helper went through fast and waited for me on the other side. Offered to escort to gate when time.
Once I arrived on the third floor, I found the first class lounge empty apart from one other guest. A friendly staff member seated me at a table and presented the a la carte menu to me.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge JFK Buffet, A La Carte Menu and Food
The Lufthansa First Class Lounge does have a small buffet of various antipasti, cheeses, and fresh fruit that you can help yourself to in addition or instead of a la carte dining, depending on how much time you have and how hungry you are.
Here's the a la carte menu for my August visit:
And here's the wine list:
From the wines, I chose a 2013 Cabernet Francis Ford Director’s Cut. I like full, round wines, and this one was bursting with flavor, fruit-forward, with notes of cherry.
I was brought a basket of bread, which was warm, fresh and delicious.
As an appetizer, I chose the salmon carpaccio with mango radish lime vinaigrette, which was very refreshing.
I also tried the spinach artichoke dip with flatbread. The flatbread was like an ordinary pita, but the dip was served warm, garlicky and addictive.
I also sampled the lobster bisque, which was velvety smooth and good, but not great.
For my main, I chose the barbecued flat iron steak with barbecue coffee sauce. I didn’t care for the coffee flavor of the sauce, but steak itself, which I'd ordered medium, was cooked just right, and tasty.
For dessert I tried cheesecake with strawberry and kiwi topping. It was presented nicely, but it tasted like a generic dessert you'd find in a supermarket freezer section, plus it seemed not to have been fully defrosted.
The Lufthansa First Class Lounge at JFK is very private, and during my visit there was just one other guest. Despite this, the a la carte dining was very good, at least in terms of savory courses. Dessert was poor, but it's the least important. I appreciated the chance to have a good meal before my flight, since NYC to FRA is such a short overnight flight and it's hard to get sufficient sleep. The main improvement I'd make is to provide a flight status screen in the First Class part of the lounge.
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