The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub
The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub

The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelibraryatthepublic.com/
  • Phone: 2125398777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    5:30 PM to 12:00 AM Tuesday & Wednesday
    Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM.

    5:30 PM to 1:00 AM Thursday-Saturday
    Late Night Menu Thursday - Saturday 11:00pm to 12:00 am

    Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Carmellini
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Library at The Public Theater is the perfect location for your next private dinner, cocktail reception or downtown celebration for parties of 12-100 guests.


    The design by David Rockwell draws its inspiration from the building's original use as the city's first public library. Vintage elements like distressed leather chairs, industrial, steel-frame bookcases along the perimeter and a Parisian rug at the room's center invoke a welcoming, lived-in sense, while artifacts from past productions pay homage to the great performances of past, present and future.


    Outside of The Library, consider the Lobby of the Public Theater for larger cocktail parties, the Lobby Balcony for smaller groups or our stage at Joe's Pub for live entertainment.
  • Private Party Contact: Marie Lyons 2125398790x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 4th and Astor Place
  • Public Transit: The Library at The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place. By train take the N or the R to 8th Street, or the #6 to Astor Place.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub
The Library at The Public is an Astor-era lounge tucked away in the mezzanine level of The Public Theater's new downtown home at Astor Place serving classic and inspired cocktails, wine, and Chef Andrew Carmellini's eclectic American menu sourcing local ingredients and New York influence.
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The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (30)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (19)late-night find (19)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The Library at The Public
    Warren
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I had kale salad, which was tough and had too much vinegar. The kale should have been massaged. I also had the cast iron steak, which was quite good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Surprise!
    1sttimer
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We took a friend as a surprise gift before the theater. We ordered the pris fixe. How nice to get full portions! And not only were they full, they really very good. The salads were fresh and tasty -- 2 arugula, 1 beet. Our entrees were also great -- 1 fish, 2 beef. The cocktails were delectable. They're what sent our check over the edge, of course. The wine prices were in line with most affordable menus. Loved the very nice but comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was very friendly, although
    Theatrenut
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Staff was very friendly, although waitress never brought us bread like other tables But when my companion said he had dairy issues she came up with an alternative even though we were having the restaurant week prix fixed menu. The steak with fries was excellent but I would have liked less fries and another vegetable on the plate. Appetizer of shrimp tacos was first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the library and comfy couches
    NYwildcritterVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Absolutely love the library setting, comfy couches for just drinks, or dinner. Accomodating for a table of 8 and attentive to our needs. Food came not too long after and allowed us to seat even when we were only 3 out of 8. allowed us to pay with separate credit cards and let each individual put in their own tips. Very accomodating. Our group came for restaurant week and the value was great. Everyone wanted to come back. However, no happy hours, and drinks were $15 a glass and $8 coffee was way too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Dinner
    TandR
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The library is decorated really nicely and feels like a comfortable gathering spot. The service was phenomenal our waitress went out of her way to make sure that we were happy with the wine selection and helped us with choosing from the menu. The food came out a little slow. This is a great place for drinks and appetizers… And maybe dessert.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Restaurant Week Menu
    MOCAVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Ordered from NYC RESTAURANT Week menu. Got 3 course (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for $38. And I would have ordered the same meal regardless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre- or Post-show
    ETFishmanVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    A really beautiful restaurant inside the Public Theater. The prices are a bit high, and the food is good but not great. The service was excellent, however,and it is a convenient and great choice for pre- or post-show drinks and food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Treat
    FyllbVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    this restaurant is upstairs from the Public Theatre. Charming room, feels like a private club. Service was excellent . knowledgeable staff and smiling faces. Food was excellent in adequate portions. highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy but clueless server
    boots
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Low lit, romantic place. Comfortable tables, delicious food. Really bad service. Waited 10 minutes to give drink order. When waitress finally came over, we were ready to order drinks and food. She didn't write anything down, I was prematurely impressed. Drinks arrived quickly and were delicious. One entree and one side were delivered to table. App had not yet arrived. We informed server, she brought app without offering to hold entrees. Second entree had not yet arrived. Second entree finally arrived but it was the wrong order. We sent it back for right order. Right order finally came. Everything was delicious. Asked for check. She delivered us the wrong check (some other tables more expensive bill).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost
    Professor
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The best features are the food and the waiters. However, we almost left because of the loud, obnoxious disco music that was playing. I told my waitress about it and she talked to the manager who did nothing. Then I talked to the manager and she changed the selection to something softer. By that time my mood was spoiled. The bread also, which could be good was pre-cut and hard. If it were more thinly and freshly cut, it would have been fine. Again, the waitress could not make an impact on the kitchen. I had to talk to someone else who then did something. Even then, there were a couple of fresh pieces and the rest was hard. These are not necessary for a restaurant housed at The Public, a downtown cultural mecca. In sum--almost good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful atmosphere and service
    dogreams12
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    now if they could expand and upgrade the menu a bit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shrubs at the Library
    1DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Be sure to try a Shrub at the Library for a delicious and different drink experience. Great spot to meet for drinks and small plates or before a show. Scene varies from scintillating to quiet and relaxing depending on what's happening at the theaters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find--loved everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    What a find--loved everything from the food to the wine to the ambiance. Grilled branzino and cauliflower cassoulet were outstanding! Arrived at 7 on a weeknight; nearly had place to ourselves. As evening progressed, so did crowds and noise level. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was great however
    susan
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    the food was great however the price for a mixed drink with house liquor of $13.00 will keep me from returning
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    not terrible but would not go again, even if at a show at the Public..every thing was just OK but the prices would suggest that the food would be of a higher standard…why can't 2 peoples dinner arrive hot even if they are having different dishes, which is usually the case, when eating out.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HIDDEN GEM
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Love this place - not so much for the food, which is serviceable - but for the ambiance and the fact that the decibel level is designed to allow you to hear your dinner partners conversations. it is a gorgeous space with comfortable seating - great for dinner and also perfect if you want to go somewhere for drinks and a few small dishes. as for food, i recommend the crostini (probably the best thing on the menu!), the cauliflower dish, the apple crumble. i would give the calamari and the pickle dish are only so-so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater dinner was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We shared salad and entree -- and dessert! Portions are sizable and we were very satisfied. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The service attentive and on time (of course we were going to a 7:00 PM performance). We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a great place
    FormerMissOhio
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I told the person I was with that this place should have been here 20 years ago. It's really the perfect place to go after seeing a show at the Public. I said I'd go there every night after the show with friends if I were doing a show there. Love the food. Shrimp tacos, brussell sprouts, farm salad, all really good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appears better than it is.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The food is okay. The salad is large enuf to share. The steak leaves lots to be desired @ $29. It is small and thin and the branzino is half a fish so it too is undersized. Looking at the next table the Hamburger seemed a better choice both as to portion size and as to value priced @ $18. The desserts which we ordered: the Apple, Pear and Parsnip Crumble was very tasty served hot in a ramekin while the Chocolate Panna Cotta was nothing more than a custard cup size of chocolate pudding-like preparation. Service was well intended but the waitress was only the order taker and the food runner served. When I requested additional salad dressing l had almost finished my salad until the runner brought the dressing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food - wish we could see it!
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Had tickets to Joe's Pub and went to eat at The Library beforehand. Things started off perfectly with delicious cocktails and the menu looked terrific. Our 1st courses came out and looked BEAUTIFUL. We had about 1 minute to see and appreciate our food and then all of a sudden at about 8:15pm the lights went out. They didn't lose power, but literally the lights went down so low that we could not see anything on our table. Pitch black. It was disturbing. We couldn't see our food at ALL. We called someone over who told us that the lights were on a pre-set and could not be turned up. Even thought the TASTE of the food was excellent our meal was pretty much ruined by the fact that we couldn't see anything for the last 45 minutes we were there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely experience
    BobbyjiVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    It was a lovely experience dining at the Library. Spirits and food were delightful and wait staff accommodating. Nice to go from the restaurant to our play moments away. I'll be back..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We felt like we had discovered
    USWDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We felt like we had discovered some great untapped secret of the City. From the superb bar menu (try the "shrubs," to plentifully portioned salads appropriate to the season (root vegetables; pears; squash all featured); to a brunch menu that, while not extensive, runs teh gamut from eggs to burgers the meal was a delight.. Service was knowledgeable and attentive, but not hovering. The room had a pleasant buzz, an undertone, that gave energy but allowed for easy conversation. Get there before the crowd finds it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • won't be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had a 8pm dinner rezzy on Saturday night. Got there, it was empty, and yet they still sat us in corner by wall. When we asked for better take they said every was reserved for other parties. I said 'what are we then?? We made rezzy 2 weeks ago!! Good was so so..been many times before it was much better-.service was not great great..been too many times before to have been treated liked that..and prices gone way up. With small portions. Never again !!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 8 PM Noise Level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had a 7 PM reservation and the place was 2/3 empty so we were seated at a corner banquet. Towards the end of the meal the music level suddenly increased to the point where we couldn't hear each other speak. When we asked that it be turned down we were told that the music level was "programmed" to increase at 8PM. The young woman who told us this was extremely agitated and when I asked her to see if there was some way that it could be turned down she stormed off. Moments later the music level was turned down (the place was still half empty). The moment I signed my credit card receipt it went back up. The food here is good but either come early or be prepared to yell at each other throughout dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great option for pre-theatre
    pixelkate
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Good Food in lovely quiet atmosphere- able to chat! So not a destination restaurant but definitely a great option if seeing a show at the Public. No rushing elsewhere and dashing to the theater.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only opened two weeks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We had brunch at the Library before a 2pm show. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. I had a frittata and requested bread. The waiter returned to say they had no bread even though my companion had brioche french toast. It took 20 minutes and bread finally arrived. The woman sitting next to me ordered the same thing a little later and her bread arrived much quicker. To be fair, someone came to our table to explain that this was their 2nd brunch and clearly needed to have bread available in the future. Otherwise, the food was delicious and I'm sure it will be a success.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location location location
    satiable
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    If you are seeing a show at the Public, you can't beat the location. A warm and low ceiling room where you can hear your table mates speak, and an ambitious, if pricy, bar scene give this mezzanine space a lot of charm. Service at the tables is polite but stretched thin. And the food is like a lot of Shakespeare revivals - the script is there, the evening wasn't unpleasant, but the performances are quickly forgotten.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and convenient
    sienna
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We arrived late and were so pleased the restaurant had held out table. The service was excellent and they got us out in less than hour, in time for the show. Food was delicious too!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is OK for what it is ...
    Herb
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    ... a place very convenient to shows at the Public Theater, but I wouldn't return for any other reason.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre-theater spot
    gcedwards10
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    If you're going to the Public, this is a terrific spot, and not just because of the ease of it all. Our food was quite good (don't pass up the pickle plate), and I really enjoyed the ambience and decor. Had heard complaints of noisiness but it was not an issue at all. Very interesting cocktail list too.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the library, great after-show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We had a great after-show dinner at the library. The room was full of energy and fun, food amazing and a great helpful waitstaff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stressful Dining
    claireyVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    The food was fine; the service was not. Though there were many available tables at the beginning and the end of our dining experience, neither our original reservation request nor our in-person request to be seated at a table where no one faced a wall were honored. Additionally, we had to wait an inordinately long time for our drinks. Each of the three courses we ordered were delivered to the wrong table, and had to be corrected. Finally, to add insult to injury, the restaurant gave us a "no show" for our dining reward points, though we made our presence well-known; when asked to correct it, they changed it to a "cancellation".
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • you can't read at the library
    ues1diner
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    wonderful for theater dining...so convenient and congenial. cozy & trendy at the same time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for the occasion
    ursula
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    It was terrific to be able to get a good meal, served by an efficient and friendly staff, without rushing yet getting to the curtain on time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new neighborhood gem
    gm21
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The Library within The Public Theater is a new option for those in desperate need of an adult place to go for dinner or a drink. Nestled in the refurbished Public Theater, it's quiet, tables are spaced generously, the noise level is non-existent, the ambiance and decor are comforting, and the service is attentive and cheerful. The food and wine is very good and not exorbitantly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • when one dines in a fine restaurant
    ArteVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    when one dines in a fine restaurant there is an expectation of food ambiance and good service. The Library meets the first two but their service lacks timing As the doors opened at 530 there was a mad rush for tables rather than a smooth seating process......reservations and walk ins pushed for attention.... the staff seemed genuinely rattled Initial seating did not account for large parties that arriving later.......the staff attempted to shove tables in between seated parties to accommodate their error As a result, the wait staff then attempted to deliver food to the wrong tables........ suggestion a set menu for pretheater and ala carte for dinners who just want to chill and enjoy the experience and a better management team
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just the best atmosphere ever.
    AuthorVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Just the best atmosphere ever. Manages to feel vibrant while keeping the noise level reasonable. Nice range of menu options, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. I liked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Food was excellent. I liked being surrounded by books! The service was OK, but the noise level was way too high.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Theatre in New York
    Jeffers
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    There's one reason to choose the Library and it's a good one: You've got tickets to the Public. It is closer than any other; the waitstaff understands you have a curtain, the food and drinks are consistently and surprisingly good and you won't break the bank. Pre-show dinner is a curious but necessary niche and otherwise perfectly fine restaurants easily get it wrong. You want a certain amount of flash and luxe--those tickets weren't cheap!--but this is probably not the time for adventurous dining. Comfort food and speedy service are what's needed, and there was a time, long ago, when Lady Astor's filled the bill. Now there's this. If you're seeing a show, why would you ever eat anywhere else? And if not, you won't go & won't miss it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Pre-theater at the Public
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    It is so great to have this restaurant for pre-theater. The food and service is very good, and the atmosphere is vibrant. Going there eliminates the rush from a restaurant elsewhere to the theater. Really appreciate having this option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate