Last month I was first to write about the new Centurion New York with food by chef Daniel Boulud coming to the 55th floor of One Vanderbilt, about a block from the Hyatt Grand Central (former Grand Hyatt).
At the time that I wrote I expected it to open in March. Opening day will be March 9, 2023. However it’s not just going to be for Black Card customers, just as Centurion lounges in airports aren’t.
In theory reservations will be broadly available to American Express cardmembers, however it’s clear that the best American Express customers will receive privileged access. Reservations are open now through the brand new Centurion New York app and cardmember services. American Express has given customers conflicting guidance on whether reservations are available 30 or 60 days in advance. There will be events exclusive to Centurion cardmembers as well.
There is an open Salon with complimentary coffee and (3) distinct areas with separate reservations:
- The Gallery: fine dining with dishes selected by Daniel Boulud
- The Studio: casual dining, light fare
- The Studio Bar: bites and cocktails
Centurion New York will have an on-site concierge and rotating art collection, in a Yabu Pushelberg-designed space with scents by Diptyque. The space also features a ‘wine vault’ with hydraulic table and two dining rooms (“Carbon & Obsidian”).
The dress code is ‘smart casual’ with a prohibition on athleisure and offensive clothing. Cell phones, laptops and tablets are “limited” after 6 p.m. in dining areas and photography is “discouraged.”
Centurion cardmembers may bring up to 5 guests for dining reservations, and up to 3 guests for walk-in access. Children under 13 aren’t permitted, and those over 13 are only allowed in until 6 p.m. A $100 fee applies to bookings cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.
Information about the American Express Centurion Card is neither provided nor reviewed by its issuer.