NEW YORK — Chef Tom Colicchio and his company Crafted Hospitality are changing the name of Fowler & Wells, their newest restaurant and bar in The Beekman Hotel, to Temple Court due to racial controversy of the two men.
Of the change, Colicchio said, “In the mid-1800s, the building where The Beekman in New York City now stands housed the offices of Fowler & Wells, a pair of publishers and phrenologists. Using their names for my newest restaurant was a way to link us to the location’s past. After we opened, we dove more deeply into the works of Fowler & Wells and realized our research had been incomplete. We discovered facts about their beliefs that go against everything we stand for, both personally and as a company. With this information in hand, we decided to change the name of our restaurant to Temple Court, the original name of The Beekman’s historic building. Other than the name, the restaurant remains as it was originally conceived.”
At Temple Court, Colicchio pulls inspiration from the rich history of the building and his own culinary journey. The dining room menu features old and new classics, reinvented with Colicchio’s signature, seasonal touch. Employing the talents of executive chef, Bryan Hunt, the a la carte and five-course tasting menu ($99 per person) feature dishes such as Maine Lobster with chanterelle mushrooms and tarragon, presented in the style of Lobster Thermidor; Eggplant Agnolotti with pinenuts, tomatoes and sultana raisins; And Dover Sole with gooseberries, inspired by Sole Veronique. Executive pastry chef, Abby Swain, furthers Colicchio’s vision, highlighting seasonal ingredients in desserts such as Tarte Tatin with sun gold tomato and peach and Gâteau Basque with corn and blackberry. Adjacent to the restaurant, Colicchio and team operate The Bar Room at Temple Court. Located in the building’s stunning, nine-story Victorian atrium the bar features a list of hand-crafted classic cocktails paired with similarly inspired bar snacks, main dishes and desserts, including Clams Casino, Steak Tartare, and Millefeuille with blueberries and lemon. Set with rich, jewel-toned furnishings and antique accents, the restaurant and bar serve as a one-of-a-kind setting for dining in lower Manhattan.
Temple Court is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch starting this fall.
The restaurant is located at 5 Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan.