We arrived at JFK Terminal 1 about 3 hours before our 12:25pm Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul. The agent checking us in quickly presented us with our boarding passes and an invitation to the Lufthansa Senator Business Class lounge.
Upon clearing security, we spotted the entrance nearby, but realized that the lounge opened at 10am that day (Saturday). We waited about 20 minutes for the lounge to open and were among the first to enter. A staff member checked us in and welcomed us to the business class lounge behind her.
There are two additional, more exclusive floors: one for Lufthansa Senator (plus Star Gold) flyers, and one for first class passengers. Since we were traveling in business class on a partner airline, we were only eligible for the business class lounge (first floor).
You can check Lufthansa's site for which lounge level you'll have access to, based on your ticket type and frequent flyer status.
The business class lounge space is long and narrow, with high ceilings and a full wall of windows. Plenty of light streams in and there are beautiful views of the nearby tarmac and gate area.
There are two main seating areas in the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge at JFK. The front of the lounge contains round dining tables and rectangular bar-height counters. Towards the far end, there are tightly spaced rows of standard leather armchairs, as well as a series of small dining tables lined up against a banquette. The buffet area is located in the middle of the lounge between the two seating areas. We settled into some seats toward the back of the lounge and proceeded to check out the breakfast area.
There was a decent selection of continental breakfast options like breads, pastries, and yogurt, as well as French toast, which was quite tasty. In terms of drinks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, spirits, and juice were on offer.
If you're looking to charge up, the only easily-accessible power outlets I saw were along the baseboard of the banquette seating - extremely inconvenient. It's amazing to me that lounges can get away with so few power outlets these days.
We had a front-row seat as our aircraft pulled into the gate just outside the windows. The lounge began filling up quickly, and by about 11:30am, roughly 30-40 percent of the seats were occupied.
We headed to our gate a bit earlier than necessary for boarding, passing a scale model of the Lufthansa 747-8 aircraft on the way out.
The Lufthansa Business Class Lounge at JFK is a welcome refuge from an otherwise unpleasant terminal 1. While the lack of power outlets is a letdown, the lounge offers excellent tarmac views, comfortable seating, and decent food. If you can access the Senator or First Class floors above, even better.