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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
  • Email: thelibrary@publictheater.org
  • Phone: (212) 539-8777
  • Hours of Operation: Now Open for Sunday Brunch 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Light Fare 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Dinner 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

    5:30 PM to 12:00 AM Sunday, 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "This was my first dinner experience in NY as a new resident and the food was amazing. Of course, my group took advantage of Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. The Steak & Frites was amazing and the dessert - YUM!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The space was gorgeous and comfortable. The menu was interesting, but not many solid choices."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "With an interesting veriety of food for all tastes, together with efficient service The Library at the Public is a perfect choice of restaurant before going to the theatre in the NoHo area."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was a big disappointment for my friend and myself. We ate there because it is so close to the theater. The space is beautiful and has a lovely square shaped bar where we sat. The menu just is not up to par. More standard items should be added. The prices are too high for food and drink and not worth it. The wines by the glass are not tasty."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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
  • "I was looking for a cosy place with a few friends and was pleasantly surprised with The Library. It was cute and quiet with great food and service and a terrific drink list. Loved it!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "perfect for pre-theater dinner or brunch! Very convenient. Staff are friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Ambiance is unbeatable -- confortable and clubby. Food is great, but some menu items are a little precious or obscure and require explanations ftom the invariably helpful and pleasant wait staff. Wine list is varied and reasonably priced. Bar is the weak spot...My friend, very particular about martinis, ordered one with Bombay Gin -- a brand the bar doesn't stock, though it's hardly rare. After dinner, I wanted an expresso. No expresso. No sambucca for my reguklar coffee...no anisette either. Our lovely and apologetic sever suggested Bailey's -- but I didn't want cream! The bar offers lots of (to my view) fancy-pants cocktails, but is lacking in basics. Still, a great restaurant I'd go back to -- and generous discount for Public members."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "A friend and I had dinner at The Library last night and, whoa, what a surprise! I originally chose the restaurant because it was convenienly located in the Public Theatre where we were seeing a play later that night but now I plan on returning as often as possible for dates, special occasions, night caps and more. The library decor, relaxing and romantic atmosphere, fantastic food and wine choices and wonderful service all spoke to me and fed my spirit so I'll be talking up this hidden gem for days to come."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent overall, great for pre Public Theater shows. Well chosen and executed food menu, innovative cocktails and attentive service"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had the restaurant week menu and the shrimp tacos, calamari, burger and pork loin were phenomenal. Nothing was overcooked. The dessert was excellent as long as you don't have any nut allergies. Will go again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Been here before because it's so easy on a cold night. There was some sort of private reception going on at the bar of the restaurant which grew louder with every passing minute. The crowd made it difficult for us to signal our waitress for service."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "While the ambiance of the restaurant was cool, the tables were extremely close together, and the food was mediocre. It was difficult to have a conversation because of all the noise taking place on both sides of the table. Kind of felt like it was a group dining experience, rather than individualized tables. The portions were small, and the food was pretty bland, nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious dinner after seeing the Blue Man Group. It happened to be Restaurant Week which was a bonus. Each course was delicious. We each started with a large fresh salad. then I had the branzino which was cooked perfectly and served with faro and sunchoke. My husband had the rigatoni with sausage which was also excellent. To end the perfect meal, we enjoyed the apple crumble. Everything was prepared perfectly. The atmosphere was warm. It is definitely a place to visit again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "went on monday to check it out after it was highly recommended on foursquare. the food was pretty good, but the service was terrible, had to wait forever to be served, our waiter was off doing who knows what, and the place was not busy."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "love libraries therefore loved the ambiance. the food was excellent, and the cocktails fun and creative"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Went to The Library with a group of co-workers and was pleasantly surprised by the locale, food and service! I had not heard of it before and was surprised to find it located in the Public Theater. The ambiance was GREAT--very homey. And the food was fantastic (portions were great! and the apple crumble is to die for). I must say that I was most impressed by the service. Two people from our party were late and the staff was very patient, understanding and pleasant. They did not rush us and even offered to split the check for us without having to be asked. Very pleased with my visit and looking forward to going again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was average . Service fine. Pretty spot. Would not go back by choice for dining but nice for a drink"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "A very different kind of dinning experience. The experience can be relaxing and intimate, or you can go with friends and have dinner and drinks and also enjoy yourself. I would recommend people to go there and try it out atleast once."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The decor was not at all what I expected. The food was good but the wine was not. The wine was also overpriced. I would only eat there if I was seeing a show. Not worth the trip otherwise."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014