The name has a complicated backstory. But what you really need to know about Fowler & Wells is that it’s one of the year’s most anticipated openings, namely because it’s Tom Colicchio’s first new Manhattan restaurant in six years, and it’s located in the stunning new Beekman Hotel. Riffing on the old New York vibe of the building, Colicchio and his executive chef Bryan Hunt put together a menu that has a few nods to the city’s luxe culinary past, like oysters Rockefeller, sautéed foie gras, sweetbreads with bacon, and dry-aged steak "Rossini." On the menu, you'll also find more contemporary farm-to-table dishes like rabbit schnitzel with chanterelles, diver scallops with leeks, and an autumn vegetable pot au feu. Appetizers run from $17 to $27, and single person entrees are priced between $28 and $45.
The restaurant is now in "preview" mode, which means that the full dinner menu is available nightly, but Colicchio & Co. are offering a 15 percent discount while they work out those inevitable opening kinks. Fowler & Wells is also serving breakfast, and lunch will be added soon. This is one of two major openings in the Beekman this fall. The other, Keith McNally's sweet baby Augustine, will make its debut in a week or two. Take a look at the space and the menu below, and if you happen to stop by, please let us know what you think.