Less than a year after debuting a Centurion Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—which we profiled in detail here—American Express is at it again, this time in New York LaGuardia's Terminal B. Like its counterparts in Texas and Las Vegas's McCarron International Airport, the 5,000-square-foot space provides all you would expect from a world-class airport lounge, including high-speed Wi-Fi; numerous power outlets; private, noise-buffering work stations; and a food-and-beverage program that goes beyond stale bagels for breakfast and an uninspired wine list.
In keeping with the Centurion Lounge ethos, the New York location embraces its destination, with a menu by Perry St. chef Cédric Vongerichten and Big Apple-inspired specialty cocktails from PDT's Jim Meeham. (The famed mixologist is still local in our eyes, despite his recently announced relocation to Portland, Oregon.)
Travelers with time to spare may miss the 15-minute massages and facials available at the Dallas/Fort Worth location's Exhale Spa, but this is New York, where space comes at a premium. However, you will find a large living wall covered in greenery, which brings a touch of the outdoors and clean air inside.
Entry is free for Platinum and Centurion card members (and immediate family members or up to two travel companions), and $50 for all other American Express cardholders.
There are two more lounges in the works. First up is San Francisco International Airport—with a menu by chef Christopher Kostow of Napa’s three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood—followed by Miami.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.