Nothing is ever small in NYC. This is true of the city itself, the traffic and just about everything associated with it and the Delta Sky Club in T4 is more of the same.
While you cannot really see the distance involved in the map above to get from the curb to the Sky Club, let me tell you it will take you a while. A long while. Keep this in mind as you block off enough time to make it to and from your gate.
You can get in with a number of AMEX cards or, if you are a Skyteam elite plus status and are on a coach or anyone on a business class international departing (or connecting) ticket, you can also get in free. The club is open each day 5AM till midnight other than Thursdays when it closes at 10:30PM.
The club is above the main concourse and you have escalators, stair or an elevator to get you into the club.
Check-in and customer service is one large desk area. Normally check-in is quick but I have had times where there were lines to enter the club.
As you enter the main central area of the club you are presented with complementary newspapers and magazines. Also take note of the art around the club. Delta has done a nice job including aviation themed items throughout the club.
The heart of the club is the large central full service bar and food service area. More on the choices later in the post. There are a number of complimentary wines and well drinks with other “premium” drinks for purchase.
Moving back to just left of the entrance and check-in there is a long room with mixed use furnishings.
There are two coffee stations at opposite corner ends of the club and you will tend to find folks walking around looking for them. The view from the club is impressive if you are into airplanes.
While inoperable during my visit, the second coffee machine is at this end of the club (near the showers and rest rooms). Once again you have some stunning runway and AVgeek views to enjoy. If you want light and sights stick to the outside sections of this club.
Having just said that, in the central part of the club is a large space that is blocked off from windows with private-ish cubes. For me, if you want rest, there are better choices as you will see soon.
Also noteworthy are the ordering stations and units scattered about the club. Should you choose to you can order custom meals for an upcharge. I have a real problem with this feature. Entrance to the Sky Club is not cheap (as much as $59.95 for one visit). Paying a fee for anything goes against the grain to me.
This NYC club also has one of the only two ” Sky Decks” in the Delta system (more are on the way). On the way to the deck is the resting / sleeping room.
I am a bit confused over the choice of location for this area in this club. In the F club in Atlanta it is just off the main area but in the E club it is in the back and dark-ish for rest. Bring some eye shades if you plan to rest in this room.
Before you get to the Sky Deck you have more work space, runway views as well as a network printer. I do appreciate this consistent feature you will find in just about every club. I have used these printers often in my travels.
Finally we have the Sky Deck. The one in Atlanta, due to southern weather, is open most of the year. The NYC one, well, a bit less so.
Breakfast at this club is standard Sky Club choices. Oatmeal will be your only warm choice other than toast or a bagel. This is one area Delta needs to improve with hot eggs and a protean option.
For lunch and dinner there is an expanded buffet similar to the F and E clubs in Atlanta. During my visit there was BBQ chicken and rice as well as black beans and peppers. The bread choice was a disappointing raisin bread (not a good match with the other choices)! With better bread choices you are able to “assemble” your own BBQ sandwiches.
Other options were salad choices as well as some hot soups, that is, vegan and Thai chicken.
Overall this expanded buffet is a decent quick option. Still nothing like the options offered by most international lounges but a large step up from the other standard choices at a Delta Sky Club.
My biggest impression and disappointment from this club was the quality of cleaning and freshness of the choices. Notice the bananas above as they exemplify that better than words can. Disappointing for a “flagship” Delta Sky Club in NYC. – René