Two months ago OTG opened a new restaurant at Newark that received fanfare like pretty much no airport restaurant ever. It’s called Classified and everyone wanted to go because it was exclusive.
In partnership with United you needed to give them your MileagePlus account number and name and check to see if you were welcome. Most weren’t. I wasn’t.
It’s a private room inside the restaurant Saison where anyone can eat already, but Classified has better views. The menu is somewhat different but it’s food from the same kitchen.
It’s expensive, good for expense account dining but if you’re on a GSA per diem figure you can get out of there with one meal costing your whole day’s allowance. And the iPads here are just as out of place as they are at Newark’s CBGB.
I’m a United Silver. I have 19,854 qualifying miles this year off 15 segments, and $2,662 qualifying dollars. Supposedly there’s a focus on United travelers passing through Newark (since of course that’s who can access the restaurant):
Will I always be able to make a reservation at CLASSIFIED?
Your invitation is meant for your upcoming travels to or from Newark, so we recommend that you make your reservation as part of that trip. While you may be able reserve for a flight on a different date, we can’t make any guarantees.
However I haven’t been through Newark on United since last December and I have no upcoming Newark reservations.
Now, as they used to say, I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have me. But if you’re curious try logging in and you may now be able to make a booking. After all, the place is reportedly usually quite empty and a restaurant doesn’t make money empty.