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

The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.TheLibraryatThePublic.com
  • Phone: (212) 539-8777
  • 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 (212) 539-8790

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Hubby and I went here for Restaurant Week as it is one of the establishments that have most of their regular menu available for the prix frixe. The portions were much bigger than we expected, and the pineapple jalapeño shrub was divine. Service was spectacular, despite being in with the before show crowd. Our only complaint....quarters are a little tight when they are busy...."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was great, especially the pork chop. Very soft and juicy. Very well prepared. The panacotta dessert was delicious. The shrimp tacos were okay. Nothing special. Too much cabbage. Shrimp was moderately seasoned. But the staff were very pleasant and accomodating and the it had a great ambience and decor. Would totally go back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We were seated 2 hours before our show was to start, so thought we should have plenty of time. Food was DELICIOUS! It was restaurant week and for a very reasonable price I had the chilled cucumber soup with crab & watermelon, hangar steak frites, and summer berry crumble. Soooo good! Unfortunately dessert wasn't served until 10 minutes before my show was to begin, so I just had time for a couple bites."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Pre-show dinner. Good ambience. Menu is simple. Ordered Act 1 but did not arrive. Act 2 arrived. Minimal service rendered. Place is not busy. Good only when watching show in the theater and running out of ideas where to go. Dr J"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The service was great, cocktails were delicious and the food was very good!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I tried The Library soon after it opened, and we loved it: the food was good, the service was great, and the atmosphere was amazing. I've since been bringing my book club there, as The Library provides one more factor besides all of the above: it is quiet. We can hear each other talk. One would be amazed how difficult it is to find a restaurant in NYC with great food, beautiful room, and a low noise level. So thank you, The Library for making our monthly meetings so special!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A wonderful place, well informed server. A bit of premature clearing and a drink removed before it was drunk. Well worth a return trip even if not seeing a show at the Public."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "So nice that the convenience of eating at The Public when seeing a play also offers great food, drinks and service. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The Library is a first rate spot for light fare, drinks, serious dining. The combination of the public theater and Joe's a Pub, well, great spot for a superb evening."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the portions were on the small side. Also, the tables were very close together making it difficult to get in and out of your seats. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great spot, great service, but the food was bad, and the prices were high! My $29 pork chop was dry, tough and super salty. I should have sent it back but we were heading to a show and I wasn't sure I'd have time. Also it was too noisy. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "My friends and I decided to have dinner at The Library before a show at The Public and indicated that we had tickets. We arrived promptly at 6:30 PM--plenty of time, or so we thought, before our 8:00 PM show. The food was delicious. While the Crispy Calamari was a little on the greasy side, the grilled asparagus with lemon breadcrumbs was delicious and both the burger and steak were solid. However, despite a mostly empty room, the service was surprisingly and excruciatingly slow. We had to look for our server more than once and had to ask for our check in the midst of eating our entrées. While we would have loved to stay for dessert and coffee, there was no time. Sadly, this experience probably precludes our going there before a show again."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "everything is right about "THE LIBRARY". ambiance is perfect--intimate yet not cramped, lively yet you can carry on a conversation without shouting (as opposed to so many NYC restaurants these days). We had fabulous dinner with terrific wine pre the theatre (and by the way Here Lies Love is one of the most unique, fun, yet you-learn-something, and you dance! "play experiences" ever). We returned to the Library after the play--this time sat at the bar for one glass of wine which led to three ...great live jazz (again not drowning out conversation) and though packed on a wed night, still comforatable. Loved it and will return again and again."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had ticket to a 7pm show at the Public Theater, so I made a reservation for their in-house restaurant, The Library. It was a perfect place to enjoy a bite (2 of us had burgers, one had a pulled pork sandwich). We were able to relax and enjoy our pre-theater dinner without feeling rushed. It was not crowded either. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We scheduled the Library because of it's location. We had tickets for the Public Theater. Therefore, it worked well with that. However, I thought it was somewhat expensive for the amount of food we ordered. The reviews were great and that was why I booked it. For the money I would have gone to another restaurant in the area. I would not return there."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Although one could go anytime, it's remarkable to have it so convenient to the Public Theater performance venues (the same building!) AND for it to be so good. The shrub menu is creative and refreshing; salads a high point; mains are straightforward and excellent. Save room for dessert. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It feels a bit bizarre walking into a brightly lit modern & fairly soulless theatre lobby to get to your dinner destination.....however, once up the stairs you are into a wooden panel lined, dimly lit, tradional library feel bar / restaurant full of ambience & a buzzy atmosphere. We were 20 minutes late for our booking yet we were greeted with a smile and made to feel extremely welcome. The host and table staff offered a brilliant and friendly service. To top all this the food was very good quality and the dietary requirement of all of our group were dealt with effectively and without any issues (coeliac - they adapted the burger menu choice and were knowledgeable on the requirements for coeliac customers)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed the food very much - the quail, the hamburger,the branzino, the cauliflower cassoulet, the asparagus side dish, and the rhubarb crumble - and we were also glad the room was quiet enough to allow us to talk. But the room has a decor best described as pool hall meets fake-y library, the lighting was so dark it was like being consigned to a dungeon, and although the fact that it was a Monday night may account for the fact that we were practically the only people in the restaurant, it was a disturbingly depressing atmosphere - not great for a birthday celebration, which this was. We all had martinis, which tasted a bit watered down and weren't quite icy cold enough, the wines by the glass were fine, if forgettable. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Randomly stumbled across this place and it has become my go-to special occasion dinner spot. Very cool, almost speakeasy-like corner room hidden away in the second floor of the Public. Pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion. Delicious food, comfotable seating, and friendly staff."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Made reservations at this restaurant because I was seeing a play at the Public Theater. I figured they would understand the importance of getting to the play in time. What I had not expected was the fabulous meal we had. Really loved the octopus with smoked potatoes and chorizo. But if you have time for just a snack: get the crudités with wasabi dip. I'd go to Library even if I wasn't seeing a show! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "For a pre-theater meal before a play at the Public Theater, it's fine. The menu is very limited and the service slow, even when they know you have tickets to a show. Members get a 20% discount."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We saw David Byrne there aftrr his musical Here Lies Love. It was convenient and open late enough on a Thursday night. Homemade chips with pulled pork were good."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The Library is a great addition to the Public Theater complex, and is a favorite spot to have a drink and a bite before the show."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Dine inside the theater walls at The Library. It is not only conveniently located; it also offers a varied & delicious menu as well as excellent service. It all works! And for sure, the servers will get you to your show on time!!!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Loved The Library (before seeing "The Library"). And, our server, Amanda, was great, getting us out by curtain time without making us feel rushed. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "A hidden gem with all around and consistently excellent food, (not to mention a very interesting menu), wonderful dark and cozy atmosphere and extremely friendly service. Totally worth the somewhat steep prices. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Lovely meal in a soothing setting, perfect for us prior to seeing a play"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The restaurant is very clubby looking. You can't beat the location if you're going to a play at the Public. Menu is limited, kind of pub food but tasty. Service was slow, a drawback when you have a curtain going up."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Hidden away in the Public Theater, you can't see this restaurant from the street. The room is Pub-like; dark wood floors and paneling, books on wooden shelves to go with the Library theme. The large bar serves award-winning cocktails and is located to the rear of the dining area. There's also an upright piano, and live music is part of the scene, but it's not loud so you can still converse comfortably. The menu was simple and straightforward. Enough variety to assure something good for everyone, but not overwhelming with too many choices. Well-priced wine list by the glass and bottle. Celebs seated at the next table. Mushroom Crostini, Lamb for me and fish for the ladies, apple crisp for dessert, all excellent. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was so/so (hamburger). At least for me. The people I went with all enjoyed their food. I thought the service was ok, it was pretty busy so that may have been why the waitress wasn't especially friendly. She was nice, just took a bit to get back with our check etc. I thought it was odd that they asked if we were seeing a play at the venue (I was) but then didn't seem to be particularly rushed to get us out of there so we wouldn't miss our show. We got out at 7:20 ish and the play started at 7:30 and we only got out on time because we rushed the waitress. That said, I'd come here again. I've also been to Joe's Pub next door and really enjoyed the service/setting there."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The drinks were great, the food was exceptional including desserts, the wine list a bit pricey, the staff very friendly and responsive. The decor was wonderful. Frequently referred to as a 'quiet' restaurant, it fell short of this onFriday between 7:30 and 9:30. At a table for six, it was difficult to have a group conversation without turning up the volume knob coupled with 'leaning in'. Probably okay for table of 4"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a good choice before going to an event at the Public. The food and the ambiance are pleasant and the staff understands the timing of your meal."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal. Everyone raved about every course. The salads were particularly remarkable, usually they are so generic. Our diners had farmer's garden and arugula salads, both first-rate, with unusual and harmonious ingredients, terrific dressing. Friendly for vegetarians. Ambiance in the old Astor Library was lovely."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "What a great evening. We had tickets to a show at the Public Theater and didn't know the neighborhood well, so we decided to try this onsite restaurant. It was wonderful. It has that old NYC vibe with the oak paneling on the walls but the food, wine selection and impressive cocktail list was anything but old. Very urban and hip menu. I'll come back to the theater and the The Library sooner than later."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was my second time here for dinner. It was good. I enjoyed the campanella pasta dish."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The staff was super attentive and nice. I love the Public and the decor of the restaurant is special indeed. Fun historic posters of various performances, the atmosphere of a speakeasy, and the theatrical menu. It's nice to be at a place about something - culture, theater and good times."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Dined here before a show at The Public. It's not an extensive menu, and we both chose the beet salad and cauliflower cassoulet. We were thrilled with both dishes. I can't even imagine how the cassoulet, which was a vegan dish, was so exquisite. The beets in the salad were cooked and marinated to perfection. The atmosphere is inviting and dignified. The bread was wonderful. An overall delightful experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I went here before the play I was going to see. The restaurant has a nice, old New York feel to it. The food is a little pricey, although it is good. Service was also very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My friend and I really enjoyed our brunch before a matinee performance at the Public Theatre. The menu was varied enough to suit us both. My friend had a kale salad and I had a poached egg on cauliflower and kale. Both were very tasty. The service was a bit slow given that they were aware we had limited time before the matinee but we were able to finish up in time for the show. I would definitely come again!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and terrific staff. Specialty cocktails are unusual and delicious. The lamb duo and the Bronzino are wonderful. It is located in the public theatre on second floor. If you are going to Joe's Pub or the Public Theatre, do miss this spot"
    Dined on 3/21/2014