Future Beekman Hotel Lures Keith McNally, Tom Colicchio

You can already sort of feel the NYC buzz being sucked down to the far reaches of Lower Manhattan. Indeed, although it won’t be opening until the autumn of 2015, the nabobs, the food nerds, the trend slaves (essentially, all those who continue to clog the corridors of The NoMad Hotel) are surely already sending themselves multiple calendar invites.

The approaching epochal event? The much buzzed about conversion of the landmarked 19th Century Temple Court building at 5 Beekman Street into a high-profile luxury hotel (accompanied by yet another monolithic residential tower). The latest brick in the epochal wall is the announcement that those dueling titans of star-power NYC dining, Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio, have just signed on as The Beekman Hotel’s epicurean overlords.

McNally will be opening a yet unnamed restaurant on the property, which we can confidently portend will include Lyon-worthy plates of frisee aux lardons and confit de canard – and be populated by sundry lettuce-leaf-flicking models and power-schmoozing media types (uh, yes, that means us).

Colicchio will be opening yet another restaurant on site. But he and his Crafty…erm, sorry, Crafted Hospitality comrades will be handling the hotel and residences’ general F&B, while also seeing to the The Beekman Atrium’s sure-to-be-gourmand-galvanizing The Living Room – where smartphone food porn ops will be dramatically lit by the building’s existing and architecturally spectacular skylight. Gastronomes should expect to be locked in an endless urbane death match with assorted cognoscenti and fashion followers for the best be-seen-and-be-seener seating.

So, naturally, as soon as you’re finished thanking us for the advance tip off, we urge you to start straight away sucking up to your favorite dependable a-lister – because tables will be harder to get than Kate Moss’ mobile number. Bon chance!

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