Celebrity Chef, Tom Colicchio, is going to be opening a new restaurant called Fowler and Wells in the Beekman Hotel this spring.
According to Eater, Colicchio's restaurant will be a nod to American history, presenting classic New York foods popular at the turn of the century with a French spin.
Colicchio told Eater that this historic space demanded a traditional menu, stating, '[for] me, I always felt that the space should go hand-in-hand with the food.'
While we're all for classic American-New York City food with a French twist in a historic New York City venue, we're kind of getting a pretentious feel from the new space.
Regardless, the menu will include foods like beef Wellington and lobster Thermidor. The cocktails will have rotating specials highlighting different spirits each month.
The name, Fowler and Wells, is also a nod to the historic building, as it refers to two phrenologists (people who were concerned with the shape of the head and how it affects one's personality) who used to work in the building.
The building truly is spectacular, with the large atrium set to sit 70 at the very center, serving casual fare. The 90 seat restaurant will serve a more upscale menu, and off to the side of the atrium, though still ensconced by the historic decor.
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"The building is spectacular... That's what sold me. I want this. I want to be here. It's really special," Colicchio told Eater. Colicchio was so captivated by the space that he hired Martin Brudnizki, the man who designed the hotel, to design his restaurant.
The hotel will also house a restaurant from the man behind Balthazar Restaurant, Keith McNally.
Fowler and Wells is expected to open in late May or early June.
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