Celebrity restaurateur and chef Tom Colicchio has scored again with this vibrant eatery, which has a bar and an expansive lounge that covers much of the lobby of the splendid Beekman Hotel. Evocative of a colorful, circa 1900s New York, it captures the plush mood of today's Gilded Age pretty well, too. Muscovy duck with rhubarb, veal shank, beef Wellington, foie gras torchon and oysters Rockefeller all standout. The lounge provides some truly great people-watching opportunities. The restaurant and its adjacent bar area is one of the most vibrant in the entire downtown area, with a bubbly mix of fashionable tourists, well-heeled New Yorkers and expense account wielding financial professionals from Wall Street all rubbing shoulders. There is a voraciously upbeat mood, buoyed in no small part by splendid signature cocktails in a room where the word "classic opulence" might be an understatement. As at the equally alluring French brasserie Augustine, with its entrance just a short walk across the hotel lobby, these are both prime destinations to dress up, go out on the town and celebrate this golden moment which a high-flying New York presently lives in.