RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

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The walls of the Pump Room used to be cov­ered floorto-ceil­ing celebrity 8-by-10 pho­tos. No more; in­stead the room fea­tures a warm sim­ple patina, com­fort­able seat­ing and soft globes of light­ing. But in a nod to the past, Si­na­tra’s spot in the far back cor­ner has been pre­served and Booth One still has its white tele­phone.

The food, how­ever, is some­thing quite new. The menu was cre­ated by 2011 James Beard award win­ner Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten, who com­bines orig­i­nal Pump Room classics with re­gional fla­vors and a farm-to-ta­ble sen­si­bil­ity. The Pump Room man­ages to bal­ance its glamorous 1940s sup­per club past with sleek de­sign and fresh tastes. Open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sun­dayThurs­day, ‘til midnight, Fri­day and Satur­day, serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

Across the lobby the Pub­lic fea­tures the Li­brary and Cof­fee Bar – by day, a cof­fee shop of­fer­ing light fare, and by night, a wine bar and beer gar­den. As part of the ‘value’ con­cept, Pub­lic Ex­press takes brown-bag to a new level, with a se­lec­tion of gourmet meals and desserts de­liv­ered lit­er­ally in brown bags.

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