Party Earth Review Catapulted into fame when it was featured on Sex and the City in 2004, Kong is an over-the-top, très chic restaurant and bar designed by Philippe Starck. Inspired by Japanese pop art, the East Asian theme is given a modern... ... read full review
1 Rue du Pont Neuf
01 40 39 09 00
Su–W noon–12:30am, Th noon–2am, F–Sa noon–3am
Les Halles / Rivoli - 1er / 2eme, Paris –
Catapulted into fame when it was featured on Sex and the City in 2004, Kong is an over-the-top, très chic restaurant and bar designed by Philippe Starck.
Inspired by Japanese pop art, the East Asian theme is given a modern translation and features such bold touches as a fluorescent green stairway, a glossy orange bar with inlaid red orchids, and acrylic chairs and panels painted with the faces of modern-day geishas.
The pink couches and tiny tables in the dining area are usually occupied by an older, well-dressed, and somewhat pretentious crowd, while the hip bar on the lower level attracts a clientele of attractive young professionals and jet-setters.
The bar, which features DJs and dancing after 10:30pm, is particularly popular on Thursday nights for the Oriental Funk party when a varied mix of high-end travelers, business moguls, models, and glitterati pass through.
Located on the top two glass-enclosed floors of the LVMH building, Kong also offers an excellent view of the Seine – but guests should be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the privilege of enjoying it, as well as the food and cocktails.
International at the bar, 20s and with money to spare. Somewhat older set, tourists, and business types in the restaurant.
Ambient music in the restaurant, DJs downstairs.
Asian fusion menu includes Japanese beef carpaccio and udon with morels. Happy Hour daily 6–8pm.
Appetizers €9+, entrées €18–€38. Cocktails €15+.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays draw big enough crowds to require standing in line.