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British Airways and American Airlines Chelsea Lounge - JFK Terminal 8

Old Mar 13, 2024, 5:58 pm
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After a few morning visits since the menu changed, I have 2 evening visits in the next week. Sad that I won't be able to enjoy the steak frites.
How's the spicy rigatoni?
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Old Mar 14, 2024, 4:15 am
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Breakfast options


English butty and french toast

Salmon carpaccio
today it was only LPGS available. Still my preference after trying the new champagne from BA

Cheers!
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Old Mar 31, 2024, 7:19 pm
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Not just specifically Chelsea, but the whole of T8 is roasting hot. Very unlike the Americans to not have the AC blasting at 65F. It was 77F earlier in the Chelsea lounge (with the fire on). Absolutely ridiculous.
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Old Mar 31, 2024, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by c1223
Not just specifically Chelsea, but the whole of T8 is roasting hot. Very unlike the Americans to not have the AC blasting at 65F. It was 77F earlier in the Chelsea lounge (with the fire on). Absolutely ridiculous.
A nice change from the usual walk-in freezer feeling one get once inside the terminal...
(MIA is worse, though, and PHX is coming close)
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Old Mar 31, 2024, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by c1223
Not just specifically Chelsea, but the whole of T8 is roasting hot. Very unlike the Americans to not have the AC blasting at 65F. It was 77F earlier in the Chelsea lounge (with the fire on). Absolutely ridiculous.
To make BA passengers used to T5 temperatures in summer at home?
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Old Apr 6, 2024, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by S.R
After a few morning visits since the menu changed, I have 2 evening visits in the next week. Sad that I won't be able to enjoy the steak frites.
Haven't flown in a while (had to finish my dissertation) and will be going to Chelsea for an evening flight across the pond with my brother in a couple of weeks.
I also wish they'd bring back the steak frites, it was my go-to choice, in part as I just cannot get myself to go to a steak house in NYC :P
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 5:29 pm
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Krug!!

Krug was back in the lounge today when I passed through early afternoon on my way to DFW and BA192. Had to be asked for, but Joanna proactively offered it (among the other rotating bottles) and kept it topped up nicely!

First time trying the crab cakes on the all day menu. Theyre excellent! Up there with the Salt & Pepper Squid in QF F lounges around the world. Please dont change these out!

Ive not met Joanna (my server) on any of my previous visits and she was a delight! Courteous, engaging, subtle and with very thorough understanding of the product. Golden ticket submitted.





This being my fourth visit in 18 months, its finally starting to get to a respectable level for which it was intended (and promoted with far too much pomp)!
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Old Apr 13, 2024, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by NXflyer
Krug was back in the lounge today when I passed through early afternoon on my way to DFW and BA192. Had to be asked for, but Joanna proactively offered it (among the other rotating bottles) and kept it topped up nicely!

First time trying the crab cakes on the all day menu. Theyre excellent! Up there with the Salt & Pepper Squid in QF F lounges around the world. Please dont change these out!

Ive not met Joanna (my server) on any of my previous visits and she was a delight! Courteous, engaging, subtle and with very thorough understanding of the product. Golden ticket submitted.





This being my fourth visit in 18 months, its finally starting to get to a respectable level for which it was intended (and promoted with far too much pomp)!
Do the golden tickets mean anything to shared lounge employees?
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 2:34 am
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Originally Posted by S.R
After a few morning visits since the menu changed, I have 2 evening visits in the next week. Sad that I won't be able to enjoy the steak frites.
How's the spicy rigatoni?
I have to say upon reading your post this morning, this has really saddened and disappointed me too.

I've been waiting the best part of a year for my upcoming F trip, I was looking forward to steak frites in JFK and a matter of a few weeks beforehand, they go and change the sodding menu!

I'm not a champagne quaffer so the bubbles du jour are of little interest to me. I'll just be after some robust sustenance after having endured 2x AA sectors GRU-MIA-JFK (overnight and morning) where the in flight menu options look lousy to say the least.

The idea was to eat on arrival at JFK prior to boarding BA F to LHR later in the evening with steak frites seeming like the best way to fill that gap.

Crab cakes and rigatoni just aren't cutting it for me I'm afraid. Does anyone have the updated Chelsea menu to share?


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Old Apr 14, 2024, 2:47 am
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Ignore the above.... I've found it by scrolling back a few pages.... Perhaps the menu can be added to a sticky on the thread header for others to find easily???



Who is this James Beard guy anyway?
His excessive use of short rib is annoying. Every AA menu (also received the Beard treatment) has looked the same for well over a year and now it's beginning to infiltrate the F lounges.

All things considered I'll probably pass the food crimes of the James Beard Foundation and head in to the city!
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by 1Aturnleft
I have to say upon reading your post this morning, this has really saddened and disappointed me too.

I've been waiting the best part of a year for my upcoming F trip, I was looking forward to steak frites in JFK and a matter of a few weeks beforehand, they go and change the sodding menu!

I'm not a champagne quaffer so the bubbles du jour are of little interest to me. I'll just be after some robust sustenance after having endured 2x AA sectors GRU-MIA-JFK (overnight and morning) where the in flight menu options look lousy to say the least.

The idea was to eat on arrival at JFK prior to boarding BA F to LHR later in the evening with steak frites seeming like the best way to fill that gap.

Crab cakes and rigatoni just aren't cutting it for me I'm afraid. Does anyone have the updated Chelsea menu to share?


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The steak hasnt been on the menu since November.

I posted the reasons behind the switch (direct from the chef).

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Old Apr 14, 2024, 6:18 am
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Originally Posted by 1Aturnleft
I've been waiting the best part of a year for my upcoming F trip, I was looking forward to steak frites in JFK and a matter of a few weeks beforehand, they go and change the sodding menu!​​​​​​
Waiting a year for an airport dish on a rotating menu isn't wise...

The crab cakes are excellent (so is the sweet potato bisque), and you can always wander over to Soho to see the selections there also. You can grab a real NYC steak in Manhattan next trip - it will be better - and I'm pretty sure you'll still have a great time in Chelsea/Soho. They also do a great Manhattan (cocktail) if the champagne isn't your thing. Enjoy!
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 12:10 pm
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Originally Posted by seanp7
Waiting a year for an airport dish on a rotating menu isn't wise...

The crab cakes are excellent (so is the sweet potato bisque), and you can always wander over to Soho to see the selections there also. You can grab a real NYC steak in Manhattan next trip - it will be better - and I'm pretty sure you'll still have a great time in Chelsea/Soho. They also do a great Manhattan (cocktail) if the champagne isn't your thing. Enjoy!
It wasn't quite the reason for the trip but I'll admit I was looking forward to dodging the aforementioned AA short rib in the air and getting something more to my liking on the ground that's all... 3/3 sectors are serving it as an inflight option and now it's showing up on the ground too!

I've got a 9hr layover at JFK so I dare say I'll venture in to Manhattan during that time... especially now that there's nothing worth my time hanging around Chelsea for. The current menu really isn't to my liking.

Soho's salad bar may well be more my thing when I come back for preflight dining. I'm used to the Soho setup from previous CW trips.

Thanks for the heads up on Chelsea's cocktails and mixology.. I'll be sure to down a couple of Manhattan's prior to boarding BA 👍
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 1:21 pm
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Currently in Chelsea. Ordered the curry and sweet potato bisque and oh wow! It looks simple but its silky smooth and the depth of flavours are amazing. I highly recommend.
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Old Apr 14, 2024, 1:32 pm
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The grilled salmon. Very generous portion. Cooked well and nice complex and balanced flavours across the dish.
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