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R Lounge is a truly dynamic bar in NYC, reflecting the vibrancy of Times Square, offering unexpected views from every angle and unique experiences with every visit.
NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF JOHN HAYES
Renaissance New York Times Square recently named John Hayes as Executive Chef of this prominent lifestyle hotel overlooking Broadway. Chef John oversees all culinary operations for the 317-room hotel’s popular R Lounge, Living Room and Vivid. He is responsible for the entire culinary team that serves the hotel’s restaurant and private event spaces.
R Lounge, its signature bar and lounge overlooking all of Times Square, has expanded new views, both close-up and beyond. Its incredible location creates a one-of-a-kind experience for guests, overlooking the surrounding energy. Likewise, Chef John’s menus encourage guests to discover something new to share and experience, our local Bites Menu.
Hayes’ childhood interest in food and cooking began as an 8-year-old, helping out in the local deli. This continued until he was 21, as he gained experience locally. While still interested in the culinary world, he studied Economics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He then enrolled in Hudson County Community College, where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts. Chef Hayes is trained in classic French method, with a keen interest in farm-to-table menus, smoked foods, and creating unique culinary experiences.
Chef Hayes has over 14 years of experience in New York City hotels and restaurants, including his start at the former Le Bistro de Maxim’s. Most recently, he served as Executive Sous Chef at the Westin New York at Times Square, where he led a large culinary team. He also held positions at the Roosevelt Hotel and the Park Central Hotel, both in Manhattan.