The members-only bar, curated by PDT's Jim Meehan, will open inside of the largest-ever Centurion Lounge, where guests can eat dishes from chef Ignacio Mattos.

By Maria Yagoda
October 06, 2020
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Centurion Lounge Mixologist Jim Meehan’s take on an espresso martini featuring Irving Farms coffee
| Credit: American Express

While most of us have no plans to travel anytime soon, John F. Kennedy Airport will have a compelling new place to eat and drink when we do.

"1850," a speakeasy-style bar helmed by star Please Don't Tell mixologist Jim Meehan, will open inside of American Express's new Centurion Lounge at JFK Terminal 4 in Queens, New York.

Accessible only to card-holders, the lounge is set to open "in the coming days" and will be the largest Centurion Lounge in the world. The space will feature a food menu from chef Ignacio Mattos (Estela and Altro Paradiso), with dishes including a caciocavallo and egg sandwich with tomato marmalade, fennel salad with Castelvetrano olives and provolone, and steak with romesco and Taleggio sauce. A drink menu curated by Meehan will be available as well.

Steak with romesco and taleggio sauce
| Credit: American Express

As for the speakeasy, 1850 is hidden behind a copper-paneled wall inside the lounge "and evokes the Prohibition era through its design and sophisticated versions of classic cocktails, such as the espresso martini and boulevardier," according to the announcement. The rotating cocktail menu, designed by Meehan, will draw inspiration from the city's best bars, and you can start drinking them when the lounge opens at 10:30 a.m. (There are no rules at the airport.)

In a further nod to New York, the lounge will feature New York wines selected by Anthony Giglio, plus coffee from Irving Farm New York. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the lounge has implemented a series of safety measures that include "socially distanced seating, reduced capacity, increased cleaning frequency, requirements to wear a face covering when entering the lounge, served food instead of buffets, and more." On September 30, New York City began allowing indoor dining at 25% capacity.