6 Central Terminal Avenue, JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY 11430
DescriptionThe Paris Cafe & Lisbon Bar are located on the mezzazine level of the TWA Hotel. If you are not staying at the hotel, valet parking is available at the main entrance. Self-parking is available in the yellow lot between Terminals 5 & 7. Check with the hotel about validating parking (212) 806- 9000.
If you do not want/or cannot do the long staircase (24 steps) an elevator is available to get you to the mezzazine. Carpet is underfoot on this level. Concrete covers the floor of the restaurant. Banquettes, tables and a long, low counter have ample space for easy navigation. The Lisbon Bar area is also easy to navigate,
There are no restrooms on this level. One must return to the main level to find one of the multi-stall, handicapped accessible, or single-occupancy, restrooms.
- Doors: no doors, restaurant is on open mezzanine level
Number of floors: 1
Elevators: 1 - quite a walk when you get off elevator to restaurant entrance
Steps and staircases: 24 steps to the mezzanine
Width of aisles: ample space
Places to sit: tables, banquettes, and low height bar
Location of restrooms: on lobby level
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped-accessible, with baby-changing station
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: yes
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and helpful
Notes: * Valet parking is available in front of the main entrance. Check with the hotel for possible validation. Self-parking is available in the yellow lot between Terminals 5 & 7. We do not know the number of handicapped spaces.
We had already been to the Pool Deck and Connie Cocktail Lounge, but still felt the need to check out the Paris Cafe and Lisbon Bar at the TWA Hotel. A reservation was recommended, so we made one. When we arrived, around 7:00 pm, the place was not very busy. We don’t know what you will find, so check with the hotel if you are thinking of going. The restaurant encourages reservations, the bar does not take them – if is first-come, first- served.
Located on the mezzazine level (24 steps or elevator, which is on the opposite side of this level) of the original TWA Terminal, the bar and restaurant have keep the entire footprint of the original venues. Very 60s retro, both are low-key venues. We were welcomed by hosts in original uniforms, and escorted to our seats. We had a banquette , which was quite comfortable. Tables, as well as a long, low counter make up the remainder of the seating. Everything is open, with a light, airy feel. The Lisbon Bar is connected as one turns the corner, with comfortable seating there as well.
I was somewhat disappointed that the restaurant didn’t have a view of the runways, but my husband pointed out that there was a hotel in the way!.
Our server was lovely, and very patient, as I could not decide what to order. I ended up with the shrimp burger, which was excellent. Our meal was relaxed and delicious.
Up on the mezzanine level, we also found the TWA Uniform museum. Interesting!
Since there are no restrooms on this level, one must return to the lobby level to find one of the multi-stall, or single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms.
As alwys, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.twahotel.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”