Review: British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK

Review: British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK

 

This review of the British Airways Concorde Room at New York JFK is part of a new trip report including British Airways First Class flights, the Concorde Room at London Heathrow, and luxury hotels and dining in Paris and Cannes. See all of our British Airways posts and our airport lounge reviews.

After arriving at Terminal 7 via the AirTrain, I walked into the terminal and took a left to get to First Class check-in.

Sign to British Airways First Class Check-In, Terminal 7

 

Unfortunately there was a short line even for First Class, and the one of the agents checking passports who seemed to be waving me over was otherwise preoccupied, so I went back to the line to wait for a different and more efficient agent.

Waiting in Line for British Airways First Class Check-In

 

British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Location, Access and Hours

The British Airways Concorde Room is located at Terminal 7 in JFK Airport, after security, near Gate 1. It's open daily 4:30-10pm and is open to British Airways First Class passengers, with the option to guest in another passenger on the same flight. If you're flying another oneworld airline in first class, you'll have access to the British Airways Galleries Lounge, but not the Concorde Room.

Entrance, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK

 

British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Amenities

The British Airways Concorde Room at New York JFK is fairly small, as it's strictly for passengers flying in British Airways First Class and so doesn't see the volume of passengers that access the Galleries Lounge. The Galleries Lounge is where the Elemis Spa and showers are, so if you want a shower, you'll need to go to the Galleries Lounge.

Instead, the main amenities in the Concorde Room are comfortable seating, WiFi, and a la carte dining in the dining room area.

Seating, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

There are also some computer work stations in the business center area:

Computer Work Stations, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

And since I was there in early December, a Christmas tree formed part of the lounge decor:

Christmas Tree, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

The bathroom could have been a bit neater–there were paper towels on the floor:

Women's Bathroom, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

Elemis hand wash and moisturizer were provided, although different products are used in the first class amenity kit, as I'll cover in my future review.

Elemis Hand Wash and Moisturizer, British Airways Concorde Room JFK Review

 

British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Menu, Food and Drinks

The Concorde Room dining room is set up with several booths that are most comfortable for couples, but could fit 3 with two in the booth and one in a chair. There are also smaller tables for solo diners, and this is where I was seated.

British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

My server was pleasant and presented me with the menu, as well as a wine list on a tablet:

Menu, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK

Wine List, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK

 

I started with the Butternut Squash Soup, which honestly wasn't very good. It was very thin, and while it did have a brussels sprout, it was a roasted one. There just wasn't the depth of flavor that good butternut squash soups I've had at restaurants have had.

Butternut Squash Soup

 

The Beef Short Ribs were even worse–they clearly had not been cooked long enough or braised the right way, because they were not very tender. They also were room temperature, and not hot. The best thing I can say is that the kabocha squash pumpkin was good. Needless to say I didn't finish the dish.

Beef Short Ribs, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

I was hoping for dessert to be better, although there was only one choice, Poached Pear with Thai Basil Ice Cream. I was excited to try Thai Basil Ice Cream, but I'm not convinced that it really was basil ice cream, as it looked and tasted like vanilla. The poached pear, while again on the hard side and not poached long enough, was the tastiest thing I tried in the lounge.

Poached Pear with Ice Cream, British Airways Concorde Room JFK Review

 

There were a few snacks such as wasabi peas off to one side of the lounge, and I did enjoy a cup of apple cider from an upstate farm.

Snacks, Concorde Room New York JFK Review

Apple Cider, British Airways Concorde Room New York JFK Review

 

The Verdict

I have to admit I was disappointed by my Concorde Room visit this time, compared with my visit a couple year ago, as the food served wasn't nearly as good. I also feel that the Concorde Room really should have its own shower, instead of forcing guests to go to the British Airways Galleries Lounge, where the Elemis Spa and showers are. It's also important to get to Terminal 7 on the early side if you wish to dine or relax in the lounge, given that I encountered a line both at First Class check-in and at security (even after staff placed us near the front of the line). If you're taking an early evening flight, I probably wouldn't bother going to the lounge, although if you have a late night flight and are hoping to maximize your sleep time onboard you'll probably want to grab dinner there for the sake of convenience, even though my experience wasn't that great.

If you've recently been to The Concorde Room at New York JFK, what was your experience?

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