Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK

We arrived in New York on a quick Delta flight up from Austin before connecting to our SWISS flight to Zurich. Prior to our flight, we had some time to kill in the Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK.


The Lufthansa Business Lounge at New York-JFK is extremely easy to spot. Once you clear the disaster that is the security checkpoint at JFK Terminal 1, the entrance to the lounge is immediately to the left. The remainder of the terminal area is off to the right.

Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Entry Door

As you enter the lounge there is a short hallway with the reception desk at the end.

Hours of Operation

The lounge is currently open between 12:00p and 12:00a on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. It is open between 12:00p and 11:30p on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Entry Requirements

Mrs. ATX and I accessed the lounge thanks to our SWISS Business Class tickets. Passengers flying in Austrian, Brussels, and Lufthansa Business Class also have access to the lounge. Priority Pass members can also access the lounge though the hours are limited. Priority Pass is only accepted between the hours of 3:00p – 7:00p Monday, 12:00p – 12:00a Tuesday, 3:00p – 12:00a Wednesday, and 12:00p – 4:00p Thu./Fri./Sun. No access is permitted for Priority Pass members on Saturday.

Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Entrance

The lounge agents scanned our boarding passes and welcomed us into the lounge.

Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Check-In Desk


The lounge consisted of one large area that was divided into multiple sections. The front half of the lounge featured the buffet, bar, and a variety of seating that included high top tables, cafe tables, and leather seating.

a room with chairs and tables
a table and chairs in a room with clocks on the wall
Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Seating

In the rear of the lounge there is a variety of seating that ranges from leather chairs to chaise lounges.

a bar with chairs and a table
a room with a window and chairs and a table
a group of chairs in a room
people sitting in a lounge area

Thanks to the large, floor to ceiling windows that ran the length of the lounge, there was a ton of natural light along with great views of the ramp.

An Air Serbia A330 waits at the gate at New York-JFK

Off to the side of the lounge is a small children’s area that is outfitted with some leather chairs as well as some high chairs. There is also a small TV/Media room adjacent to this space.

a room with chairs and tables
a room with chairs and a television

Finally, there was a dated but clean restroom located at the rear of the lounge off to the left of the main seating area.

a bathroom with two sinks and mirrors
a row of urinals in a public bathroom

Food and Beverage

The buffet is located in the front section of the lounge just past the check-in desk and the menu read as follows.

a menu on a glass surface
a menu of a man

The buffet was kept well stocked throughout the duration of our visit.

a buffet table with plates and utensils
a tray of food on a counter
a group of bread rolls in a bucket
a group of bowls of food
a row of bowls of food on ice

Next to the buffet, there is a coffeemaker, soda fountain, and a draft beer tap. During our visit, Sixpoint and Paulaner were being served.

a coffee machine with different types of coffee in containers
a group of soda bottles on a counter

Separating the dining area from the remainder of the lounge was the self-service bar area. The selection of wine and liquor was vast but far from top shelf.

Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Wine and Liquor

Chips, candies, and other snacks were also available here.

Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK Candy Station


The lounge was fairly quiet when we arrived around 1:30p though the crowds built steadily as we neared our departure time. The vast majority of Lufthansa Group flights depart in the afternoon so expect this to be the busiest time in the lounge.

Mrs. ATX and I grabbed some seats by the window and snacked on some of the available food though we didn’t find it to be anything special. The best part of the lounge were the massive windows that overlooked the Terminal One ramp which has one of the most exotic lineups at JFK.


Overall, the Lufthansa Business Lounge New York-JFK is a middle of the road lounge. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great. While it is a downgrade compared to the nearby Air France Lounge, it still beats hanging out in the Terminal One concourse. I wouldn’t arrive early to spend any extra time here, unless you want to get a great look at some widebodies while sipping mediocre beverages.

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