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Diners at the 200-seat Paris Café can watch planes take off from JFK's Terminal 5.
Paris Cafe


The Paris Café 

Bon appétit! Celebrated chef Jean-Georges helms the historic Paris Café.

The Paris Café is temporarily closed until indoor dining is permitted in New York City and future reservations are not available. Stay tuned for our reopening details. We look forward to welcoming you back!


Jean-Georges meets the Jet Age. World-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees the Paris Café and Lisbon Lounge at the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport.

The Paris Café restaurant is open for dinner. The restaurant accepts reservations, which are highly recommended. Walk-ins are accepted based on availability.

The Lisbon Lounge — the bar and lounge area within the Paris Café — offers a full bar and serves dinner. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis; reservations are not accepted. The Lisbon Lounge serves food until 10 PM every night.

Meals at the Paris Café and Lisbon Lounge

5 PM to 10 PM every day
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Served during dinner
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 TWA Hotel Paris Cafe
The former TWA terminal circa 1962.

Located in the heart of the 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal, the Paris Café by Jean-Georges encompassed the entire footprint of the terminal’s original Paris Café and Lisbon Lounge. The spaces were originally outfitted by famed Parisian industrial designer Raymond Loewy — the mind behind the 1955 Coca-Cola contour bottle, the 1959 TWA twin globes logo, the 1963 Studebaker Avanti and the 1962 Air Force One livery.

 Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Jean-Georges Vongerichten

The restaurant’s name holds special significance for Vongerichten: Raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg in Alsace, France, the chef trained in classical French cuisine at Auberge de I’lll in Alsace and L’Oasis in southern France before developing a passion for flavors of the East at luxury hotels in Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 TWA Matchbooks
A vintage matchbook bears the Lisbon Lounge and Paris Café logos.

Vongerichten — who has been awarded Michelin stars for 14 years — operates 36 restaurants, including ABC Kitchen in Manhattan, Mercato in Shanghai and Simply Chicken in NYC’s Madison Square Garden. He has partnered with Tastes on the Fly, a leading boutique airport restaurateur with more than 20 locations coast to coast, on the Paris Café. “As an avid traveler,” says Vongerichten, “I am very excited to be a part of recreating a culinary destination in this iconic landmark.”

Culinary Inspiration

While crafting the restaurant's menu, the TWA Hotel team researched historic in-flight menus from Trans World Airlines. Click through to see some favorites. Chicken Champagne, anyone?

TWA's Royal Ambassador service included French-inspired items such as Chateaubriand and Chicken Champagne.
TWA Dining Menus
TWA's Taste of Europe menu from the 1970s offered Crepe Farcie aux Fruits de Mer as hors d'oeuvres in first class.
TWA Dining Menus
Actor Peter Sellers introduced "a taste of Europe" in TWA’s 1975 advertising campaign.
TWA Dining Menus
Coffee flavors from around the world — with spirits — were served as part of the Gold Plate menu.
TWA Dining Menus
In the 70s, passengers enjoyed Roast Loin of Veal ”Elizabeth” in honor of the Silver Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II. The menu was designed by Bob Peak.
TWA Dining Menus

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