The Pump Room remains The Pump Room. But who's the chef?
Ian Schrager announced the name and chef of the Public's restaurant today.
Remember that marketing ploy surrounding the name of the Pump Room? Apparently 28,000 people voted and the results are now in: The name of the restaurant at the Public Hotel will be (are you ready for this?): The Pump Room.
The more surprising announcement from the Public this morning (the news came via mass press release) is the name of The Pump Room's executive chef. It's Bradford Phillips.
You may be asking yourself: Who is Bradford Phillips? We had to Google him, too. Phillips has not achieved household name status (well, not until this morning anyway) because he's been working quietly atin Lincoln Square. In her , TOC's Heather Shouse had this to say about Phillips:
"Phillips lightens and modernizes [French classics], adding sunchokes to buttery seared scallops or an apple-radish salad to a pan-roasted pork loin...but [after a couple uneven meals] it was tough not to have a bit of motion sickness from all the ups and downs."
"Modern classics" is in line with how Ian Schrager has classified The Pump Room's forthcoming menu. But as any experienced diner will tell you, simple food relies on perfect execution. Has Phillips become more consistent in the year and a half since we last tasted his food? We'll find out when the Pump Room opens on October 11.