Lounge Review: Bobby Van’s Steakhouse JFK Airport


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Priority Pass has been adding more and more restaurants to their list including Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at JFK International Airport at Terminal 8 which is home to American Airlines. It’s easy to find as it’s located past security on the right hand side.

This is awesome news because it means more choices for Priority Pass members, meaning cardholders of the The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN receive have the option of dining here and receiving a credit toward their bill.

Per Priority Pass,

Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive US$28 off the bill. Each US$28 deduction represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge visit allocation for which the Cardholder will, where applicable, be charged. E.g. if a Cardholder registers 1 Guest they will receive US$56 off their bill which will be charged as 1 Cardholder visit + 1 Guest visit on their account. Only 1 membership card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted at point of entry.

Upon arrival to the restaurant there was a sign of the Priority Pass cards that were accepted here, and the hostess quickly went over the rules and how I’d receive a $28 credit off my bill. I was seated toward the entrance and noticed the majority of diners here were also using their Priority Pass cards.

I opted for a burger and a beer before my flight, and the $28 pretty much covered both items, so all I had to do was leave a tip, as that’s not covered from Priority Pass.

When I ordered, it took nearly 15 minutes for them to bring my beer, however the burger was served right after. The burger hit the spot, however the fries were soggy.

It’s great to see that Priority Pass is partnering with more restaurants to offer cardholders additional choices besides traditional airport lounges, which continues to make Priority Pass more valuable.

Despite being a steakhouse, it’s open daily from 6am-10pm, so even if you have an early morning flight you’d be able to take advantage of their breakfast menu. The lounge is located in Terminal 8 after security, meaning you’ll have to re-clear security if you’re departing from another terminal, which wouldn’t necessarily make it worth the hassle, unless you had several hours on a layover.

There are many credit cards that offer Priority Pass as a benefit including both The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.

Have you dined at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at JFK Airport before yet? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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