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PUBLIC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.public-nyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 343-7011
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday through Thursday, 6pm-11.00pm;
    Friday and Saturday, 6pm-12.00am;
    Sunday 6pm-10.30pm;

    Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm
    **Reservations are not taken during this time**
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Brad Farmerie
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring and Prince
  • Public Transit: 6,N & R train
  • Parking: No
A word from PUBLIC
While PUBLIC’s cuisine is a fusion of flavors from around the world, the restaurant’s vibe is unmistakably Manhattan. Located on a tree-lined street in Nolita, this airy modern-minimalist eatery exudes sophisticated charm with details like library card catalogs, old-fashioned mailboxes, a large flowering tree and a cozy back lounge with a fireplace.

The Australasian cuisine inspired by Executive Chef Brad Farmerie’s London training and travels through Australia, New Zealand, and the East features a menu that “knows no ethnic borders.” The restaurant was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 New York Guides.
PUBLIC also received a myriad of awards for its design, including ‘Best Restaurant Graphics’ and ‘Best Restaurant Design’ by the James Beard Foundation.

PUBLIC is owned and operated by design and concept firm AvroKO.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is delectable, service is too notch. Love, love public!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Had a wonderful romantic night out. Public gave us a beautiful table looking onto the street. Food and service were exceptional. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is my third time at Public and was not disappointed. Wait staff is very knowledgable about every dish on the menu and is able to offer alternate choices of preparation / ingredients for those of us with food allergies. I had the lentils as first course, which were amazing. The size was generous for at least 2 people. I had the salmon for my main dish. Size was on the small side but flavor was exquisite. I will definetly come back when visiting NY."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I was extremely surprised... The food was just incredible and solo tasty!!! The staff was smiling and friendly! My server made great recommendations. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service really great!!!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food continues to delight! I had first eaten at Public when it opene years ago, and have dined here many times since. This time: We chose to share the scallops for the appetizer which was "Sumptuous." The venison for a main was cooked to perfection, and my dining companion had the Tilefish which was paired back to a grilled prawn in a curry broth. She had one word. amazing! Chose Public for a great experience. Matt out waiter was attentive and intuited our every wish!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "All of the dishes were good overall. What stopped them being great were items that were not good at all. For example, I had the venison which was beautifully cooked. It came with a very tasty pesto coulee which complemented the meat well. But then there was some sort of bean side which was incredibly bland."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Suggested this to an out of town date who is a foodie (someone recommended to me). Great spot - excellent food, nice ambiance, really great service - server was very obliging helping me find a glass of wine I liked & gave us a "sample" of a dessert because we were too full to order something! That's kind service, way to get a repeat customer. I had the trout, which was almost as tasty as arctic char (a favorite) - vegetables were perfect, my date had the duck, which was delicious too. Only downside - tables very close to one another, but they accommodated my request for a table that only had people on one side."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Called a few days ahead, since one of our party is vegan. Was told it would not be a problem. Server pointed out a couple of appetizer options, but when asked if the mashed artichokes could be prepared with olive oil rather than butter, she said the kitchen did not do that. Only with butter and cream. (Maybe they make a whole batch at once, rather than preparing them to order.) The salads were good, but not spectacular. The twice cooked duck was more like leftover duck warmed over. The poached rhubarb was simply raw and quite sour."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Nice food Nice people Nice place i love this nolita restaurant i Will be back absolutly"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Very Kind Service, delicate Food and excellent Wine we Decided at very Short notice to go there via Open table no Problem"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We did the gilt offer and the wine and food pairings were excellent. My major issue was that the tables were too close together. I really felt I was at the same table as the people on either side of us."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Really interesting combination of textures and flavors. Good find."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant with very special dishes. We had Kangaroo Carpaccio, fried scallops, twice cooked duck and veal. Highly recommended, probably one of the best 1 star Michelin I have been to"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This place was beautiful, and so was the food! Great service also. I loved the interior of this place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I ate at PUBLIC several times in the past, but my recent dinner had been terrible. Both the food and the service were poor at best. We ordered appetizers (which came within a reasonable time) but then had to waited 50+ minutes to get our entrees. And the quality of food and the preparation was not satisfactory. Last but not least right after our waitress brought us the check, she totally ignored us. Hence, after 30 minutes wait, I had to go to the counter and tell the host we wanted to pay and that our waitress had disappeared. With an arrogant attitude the host told me that she would have taken care of it. But no apologies, nor we were offered a complimentary dessert. This was my last time at PUBLIC"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Public's atmosphere was very pretty with a lot of candle light and cool decor but the food was really disappointing. The handcrafted cocktails weren't very good either. Our expectations were not met. I always order gazpacho anytime it is on the menu and I expected to have a delicious version of my favorite. It wasn't bad but not great either. We tried everything...kangaroo, venison, lamb, oysters...all just ok. The best thing we had was the wine. The service was fair, friendly but not very attentive."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to experience a Michelene star restaurant. We loved the ambiance, decor, the open air dining with a view of the garden across the street. We didn't have to wait since we book a reservation on open table. I ordered the lamb oso buco which was delicious, my wife the branzino that looked like a sardine but also had great flavor. My wife is very thin yet she was still hungry after her fish entrée which was totally appetizer size. The vodka spritzer was great!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The last time I went there was two years ago and it is still a great place. The ambience is unique, food is delicious and service very nice."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Service was attentive and thoughtful. This was a special occasion and the entire experience was that indeed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "beautiful neighborhood gem, however the menu is somewhat limited and the portions are quite small given the price"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food and the setting are wonderful. We enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu and a great New Zealand wine. One downside-- you have to tolerate a painful level of noise from the music and the conversations off the hardscape."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I've been dying to try PUBLIC for quite some time. My first to attempts were shot because they were booked for weddings but, as they say, the third time was a charm. We were impressed the moment we were greeted by the hostess. From the exposed facades to the bathrooms we were finally able to say, this is the NYC dining experience we have always wanted. Simple yet elegant, great vision, and friendly without snobbery. Triple points for using a beam to hold up the tables instead of individual table legs. Food was awesome - scallops and venison are the way to go. One bite of the scallops and we wanted to meet the chef (we never care to meet the chef so this is a big deal readers). In short, you name it, and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I preorder the uni (the from lucky rice) a week ago with the reservation, however, they didnt do anything or tell me ok or not, unless i contact them again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "One of the most enjoyable dining experiences I have ever had. Amazing food adventure but not overdone in any way. Add to that bartenders crafting cocktails with all fresh ingredients, off the beaten path wines that never disappointed and absolutely perfect service from the moment we walked though the door. WOW!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The waitstaff was very attentive, and the food was amazing as well as the wine list! Definitely a special occasion place!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Public's decor is beautiful and the entrees were delicious. The deserts on the other hand were lacking. The cocktail (a spicy espresso with scotch) more than made up for it though. The wine selection is good, but know your wines before going."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had many visited and dine in this establishment, and the foods, drinks and services are excellent. What more can I said but to return as a loyal and happy customer."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our first time to PUBLIC. The place is decorated very cool, and there is an air of snobbery throughout, starting with the two hosts. Our reserved table was not ready so we went to the bar. I had a cucumber margarita with cayenne salt and it was good. Seated at the table we quickly realized that this place isnt loud, its deafening. My wife and I literally could barely have a conversation. We started with the Kangaroo carpaccio ("how many places in NY serve Kangaroo?" challenged our waitress) and were let down. Resist the sales pitch and skip it. The lentil salad was delicious. We split the Lamb oso bucco and it was good, but not outstanding. Service also left something to be desired, too. We were surprised."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I enjoyed eating at Public on a Friday night. The food was great value for the quality. My least favorite may have been the Kangaroo, which was interesting but not something I'd order again. It was a bit too smokey and served with a salad dressed in truffle oil, which is me is kind of a cop out. The mushroom ceviche, jerusalem artichokes and the anchovies were fantastic, however."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I brought a friend; we had a tasting menu. I was looking forward to a fun, casual meal, with some quirky Australian game dishes thrown in for good measure. Instead, I was floored. Our server was not only charming but full of knowledge and expertise. Our sommelier Peter poured unexpectedly well-matched pairings—those flavors won't soon be forgotten. I noticed that there were some great values in bottles as well, as you'd expect from Australian wines. This restaurant really left an impression—the casual vibe and chic decor promises a great time, and delivers it, but Public also offers a substantial treasure of culinary thrills, and the kind of service that won't go unnoticed by those who know how to appreciate it. I'll come back for sure."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Came here for our 1st anniversary dinner as a special treat. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated and although our waitress was very attentive we waited quiet a long time for our entrees. The food although good was not at the level I was expected for 1 michelin star."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We went for their special veggie menu. We sat down and were presented with very non veggie menus. When we asked for the veggie menu, we were told they were "too busy" to make it. So we left. If they were too busy to make what they advertised on their web site and Facebook page, why did they even bother to advertise it?"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went with foodie friends for Sunday supper and it was spectacular. Delicious, creative food at an extremely reasonable price. Lovely wines and very knowledgable sommelier. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "great bar-- skillful bartender-- can make anything to order if u r into cocktails-- house label wine also great-vegetarian tasting menu excellent and a true test of an organization-- ambiance best of all-- felt like Europe"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our first time in was spectacular. Great drinks.... made with care by very knowledgable bartendars. Food was fantastic with a very diverse and interesting menu."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Oversalted, under spiced. Slow service, high cost."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Public to celebrate my birthday. Reception was great and we were at first very impressed with the atmosphere: nice decoration and nice music. Not many tourists, many different people. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu. The first two courses were great, in special the oyster over an exotic tasteful Japanese leaf. The Kobe beef was a disappointment: it was a little cold and we had a hard time trying to cut it and the toast beneath it with the knife they gave us. The following two courses (venison and the caramel pie) were great. By the end of our meal, there were a lot of people arround, many of them just hanging or sitting by the bar. Still not crowd."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Ingredients are certainly of good quality, but they are unfortunately seasoned, cooked and mixed in a way that creates little emotion. Enjoyed the wine selection."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My fiancé and I went to PUBLIC on a Tuesday night for dinner. The atmosphere was lively, the bar crowded for a Tuesday and the dining room(s) pretty full. The restaurant was busy but not too loud- it was easy to have a conversation and chat with the staff. Great for a date night. The menu was intriguing which I guess you would expect for a restaurant with a Michelin Star. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the food and helped us pair wines with our meal. There was a bit of a mix-up with our first drink but it was easily rectified and the waiter apologized. The rest of the meal went perfectly... the bread was amazing (try the focaccia!) and the appetizers + entrees were delicious. Fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014