The Centurion Lounge at JFK's Terminal 4 is introducing a new bar concept - the “1850” Speakeasy by New York cocktail pioneer Jim Meehan and four-time James Beard Award nominee and Executive Chef Ignacio Mattos. Concealed behind a copper-paneled wall, the bar space evokes the Prohibition era through its design and sophisticated versions of classic cocktails, such as the espresso martini and boulevardier.
Jim Meehan created the “1850” speakeasy cocktail menu with a "New York classics meets travel" theme. Meehan says the rotating menu is a nod to some of the city’s greatest bars. The space doubles as a café by day and will be in addition to the lounge’s main bar, which serves a full cocktail menu featuring local spirits, also curated by Meehan.
American Express, which operates Centurion Lounges, isn't skimping on the food either. That's where Mattos comes in. As Executive Chef, Mattos is offering signature dishes including a caciocavallo and egg sandwich with tomato marmalade; fennel salad with castelvetrano olives and provolone; and steak with romesco and taleggio sauce. Food is being served by employees, instead of buffet-style, as part of new health and safety practices being adopted at Centurion Lounges. Mattos, who received a Michelin star last year for Estela, his celebrated restaurant in downtown Manhattan, saying, “What I’ve created is a menu that’s refined, eclectic, exciting and elegant, representing what I love most about New York City and its diverse communities.”
Photo: Ignacio Mattos/Centurion Lounge
The JFK lounge also features some local wines from New York and coffee from Irving Farm.
Photos: 1850 Speakeasy at JFK Centurion Lounge
The Centurion Lounge also pays homage to New York City’s past and present, with unique touches throughout the space, including a nod to New York City subway murals. Vintage New York City taxi meters, architectural renderings of Manhattan landmarks and other local artifacts showcased on walls and shelves. You will also find the Equinox Body Lab, a first-of-its kind regenerative destination designed specifically for an indulgent pre-flight experience with performace-driven restorative therapies including custom, self-guided meditation and stretching sessions using the Variis by Equinox app, a vibro-acoustic chair to help fliers relax before takeoff.
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