Get used to hearing it: “meet me at The Beekman.” You’ll be saying it too, because a local icon has been reborn in a part of town that is becoming more and more a neighborhood with the continued addition of spots like this. The Beekman is found just off City Hall in a 19th century Pritzker-worthy Neo-Roman masterpiece.
And while the tower behind it may not have the same curb appeal, the views are incredible. Inside the historic building, Thompson Hotels have partnered with Tom Colicchio’s Crafted Hospitality, who also recently opened the One Hotel on South Beach.
The lounge features perhaps the most stunning atrium in the city, Temple Court, which has been masterfully preserved. There are odes to the history of the place throughout the room and prominently featured on the menu– in particular, Edgar Allen Poe (portrait appears in the background above).
The lounge’s cocktail program is as show-stopping as its atrium. Classics perfected, along with some fun house specialties. Through a curtained threshold nestled off the lounge is the more formal Fowler and Well’s, where Colicchio’s menu of “New York foods” is paired closely to the history of the building.
Keith McNally has also opened Augustine in the hotel– another of his classic Brasserie’s. Its a dead ringer for so many of his others (I love them all), but I think what everyone wants to know is… when is Pastis back?!?
At the top of the tower above the hotel nearly 200 ft in the sky, a luxury condo The Beekman Residences at 5 Beekman Street has topped off adjacent to the the south and connects to the lobby. They are currently selling 1 beds from $1.5m, 2 beds from $3m, and 3 beds from $4m.