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: (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,Pay with OpenTable,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
111 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (29)late-night find (27)special occasion (23)good for groups (22)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (11)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Usually great, but not this time
    cookieVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Love the ambiance and usually the food and service are perfect, but this time we had to send back one drink (too sweet martini) and one soup (too salty) and had trouble getting the attention of our waiter. hopefully this is an extraordinary experience -- we've always liked this restaurant and will certainly give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal after theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Just upstairs from the Public Theater and great for a cold or rainy night. The food is good (though the coffee is not), and the crowd always lively, including play-goers and actors who drop in after perfmances. Twice we have been unlucky to have a particular waitress whose joyless style seemed better suited to a customs inspector, but otherwise the waitstaff are gracious, in keeping with the overall hospitable mood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient and Cozy
    Leffertsmom
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We came for a pre-show dinner. The service was excellent and the restaurant is warm and inviting. My friend and I both had a glass of wine and the waitress was kind enough to let us sample the two we were choosing between. My friend ordered the bronzino which I tasted and thought was so delicious I'll definitely order it the next time. I was in the mood for a burger which was quite good but we both thought the fries were too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    NYMomVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    While this is convenient, the menu is quite limited and the food is bland. I would go elsewhere in the neighborhood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodforthought
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    as always, a perfect place for pre-theater supper or post theater drink or snack. Staff are attentive to opening of curtain so times service to accommodate.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre and Post Theater Scene
    intheheights
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The room is beautifully decorated, although windowless; the staff friendly,attentive and knowledgeable, the menu varied with a good selection of vegetarian entrees. Although not cheap, it's a bit bustling so I wouldn't go there for romantic or special occasions. Not sure i'd go there if I weren't going to the theater in the building -- but it's perfect for a very nice pre-or post-theater meal or drink. The whole experience is very enjoyable and I always look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good vibe, good food
    EclecticGuyVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The only but is that the kitchen closes way too early. Shouldn't you be able to get a meal after seeing a show at the Public without rushing into the restaurant and quickly ordering before the kitchen snaps shut at 10:30?
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casey
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great pre-theater dining for The Public. Lovely warm atmosphere, good service and good food. Menu is interesting and varied.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theater especially a 7pm curtain
    HHellerVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    While our dishes were good and the wait person very good, the wine list was quite expensive for the venue. They should add some affordable wines for a rather quick dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful menu selection!
    anniedoodle
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Chose this because of the closeness to where we needed to be for an event - this venue is amazing! The food was great, but discovering the theatres and plays available - I had no idea what the Public had to offer, but The Library is certainly a gem among gems!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for pre-show at the Public.
    WiglafVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The setting is wonderful and really draws you into the world of theatre. The food is fine, all of it more than acceptable as restaurant fare, well worth the convenience of being inside the Public complex. The service has always been lovely. It can get a bit crowded and noisy when multiple shows are playing, but this trip was on a Sunday night, and we were able to enjoy the room and the vibes. We used to eat before our trek downtown rather than navigate the nearby spots. Now we are sold on the Library.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jude
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had a great time! Had drinks before dinner, enjoyed a delicious dinner, then had an after dinner drink before the show at Joe's Pub. The staff was attentive and very friendly. Food was good (especially fries!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    perfect for pre-theatre dining. however we were there early for a 7PM performance. service was fast, food was fresh and creative. we had three dishes - one was excellent one was very good one was okay. the fries were excellent. i worry that it might get loud when full but we'll have to return to find out
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    we thought it would be a good idea to eat here after a show at Joe's Pub. But it took a great deal of time before the wait staff recognized our presence and 45 minutes after finally ordering, our entrees still hadn't arrived. So we left.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This belongs in the Meh column
    KatherineVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My husband and I have had dinner there a couple of times after seeing plays at the Public Theater, so it was convenient just to go upstairs to the Library. It has a nice clubby kind of ambience, and a lively bar scene, and the wine we drank, a pinot noir, was excellent. Unfortunately, the food is just okay. I wish I could give it a better review. Stick with the calimari, the hamburger and fries; the shrimp tacos, with only one or two baby shrimp on each, were tasteless. It was a busy night, but the service was good, a little slow, but professional. All in all, though, I won't rush back. There are better options in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was very salty the night we went and the room was very loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for pre-Public
    BudK
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We regularly dine at The Library pre-Public Theater. It is incredibly convenient, very good food, excellent service, and timing is never an issue. They recently expanded the menu and this has improved the experience. Highly recommended.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    dangelic0
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent setting, ambiance, and food. Service was impeccable, as was the aesthetic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    FyllbVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    this restaurant has great food. a wonderful bartender, who makes great and exotic drinks. staff is friendly and courteous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Service was erratic and lacked professionalism, food not particularly good and quite overpriced; attractive, but extremely noisy room. Positives include nice atmosphere (except for the difficulty in having a conversation due to the noise of competing conversations, and it's conveniently located for theater-goers. We're subscribers to The Public and received a discount, but won't come back to this place - there are too many other good and convenient restaurant options in that neighborhood for us to risk another sub-par (and expensive) experience here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre or post Public Theater
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I really enjoy the Library's atmosphere. Good, light dinner choices. A perfect place to dine post-performance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Work in Progress
    Professor
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is the second time I've been to the Library. I had lamb chops, which were perfectly cooked. However they sat on some bulgar wheat and vegetables which were stone cold! Also, because we are members of The Public, we got a discount on our check. The hostess came over and strongly urged us to tip on the original, rather than the discounted check. Very low class action. I was insulted. Tips are at the discretion of the diners. The place needs better management both in the kitchen and in the front of the room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    IT WAS SO LOUD. seriously. i love the library. i'm a theatremaker and i work at the public often as do my colleagues, and indeed i was there with people working on shows in the building last night. but dear god, it was so loud, and NOBODY in the room seemed to be enjoying the insane volume of the VERY BAD PLAYLIST that was playing. i will of course always come because it is convenient, but oy vey. isn't it supposed to be a place for the associated artists with the public theatre, and their audiences, to come to decompress and gather and celebrate before and after performances?
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There is no reason to go here
    HugodoggieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We thought this would be convenient because we were seeing a show. The drinks are expensive, stingy pours of wine. I ordered a $14 salad, it was like nothing, there was nothing in it. Had to order a hamburger because the $14 salad was too tiny. This is a pretty room to eat in, but a rip off. $99 was our bill. For salad, a hamburger and an appetizer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went to the library as part of a concert that night. The food was surprisingly good esp the pasts Bolognese but all in all very good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    ElphyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Given the "team" behind this restaurant I would have thought the food to be a bit better. The polenta was bland - sort of like cream of wheat. The cheese that was served with the cheese and crackers was also tasteless. My salad was uninspired. The serving of olives was very generous. It is good if you are going to a show at the Public because it is convenient.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and delicious!
    CeCe
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Shared several small plates and the BooLoo with friends. It was a wonderful variety of foods and drinks to choose from. Definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu requires a bit of translation
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We celebrated our birthdays and it was a good evening. We had to ask a lot of questions about items on the menu since it included many words/names we had never heard before (Branzino is a fish?). We are lactose intolerant and that made a lot of the menu out of our reach, especially the desserts. Wish there was more non-cheese/milk choices. Otherwise, everyone was friendly and food was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient but...
    Weapat
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went to play at public theatre and this was convenient to show. Pear arugula salad pretty good, shrimp taco inedible. Friend enjoyed her burger tho it arrived with the bacon she had asked them to leave off, and her fries were great. Menu choices so-so but place attractive in a dimly lit way.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    Cleomurray
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed our meal here before the show! Food was excellent. Will look for another occasion to come into the city... hey ~ coming to this restaurant may be enough of a reason!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An oasis of calm
    Suburbanite06820
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Pre-show dinner was great. The Library was very calm and serene in contrast to the noisy vibe downstairs. Great food and service
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before or After Show
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great spot for drinks or dinner before or after a show at the Public. The Library decor is beautiful (though it's somewhat undermined by a sometimes raucous crowd at the bar). Service is first rate, and food is excellent, though friends I've been with have found the menu either limited or exotic. (Check it out online before you go; I think it's fine.) Generous discount for Public Theater members, too! I'd always choose to eat here when I'm in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foods -- I want the recipes!
    notafoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We loved the smoked cauliflower cassoulet -- I want the recipe. Also the salad dressing on the eggplant and zucchini appetizer was different than anything we'd had before and outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of RWNYC
    sleeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I came here for a restaurant week dinner and I must say this was my favorite restaurant I've been to. Usually RW menus have 2/3 options for appetizer, main, and dessert. Here, it was the entire menu! The food was delicious and larger portion sizes than you would imagine. I had the pleasure of trying the cucumber soup and calamari for appetizers, the pork chop and steak frites for the main, and the chocolate cake and berry crumble for dessert. I also tried their "ode to clover" cocktail. It was well balanced and delicious (yum bourbon!) I've already been raving about this place to all my friends and coworkers and will definitely come back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    bbdines
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Library provided not only great food but great service. My waiter was helpful about the selections and was concerned that we will be able to get to the theater on time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot
    mpettVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    this was my first time dining here. the food was really good, and it was a nice scene - relaxed but good bar scene. will come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    Semifoodie08
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The reviews are all on point for the library. The food was great and dessert even better. Oh, how could I forget the mixology drinks. They were tasty. The atmosphere was comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu for gastronomic readers
    violoncello
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at the Library- Joe's Pub: the place is cosy and quiet, the service is efficient and we appreciated as well the variery and the quality of the courses. I went there with some French friends, real foodies, and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Birthday Celebration
    GramercyCat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Charming place on second floor of The PUBLIC, food was very good and all reasonable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genuine classic and charm
    NYwildcritterVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Love the library setting and romantic lighting. comfy sofas in the middle to wait for friends and a lively bar. Service was great, very accommodating to large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic