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 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (30)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (19)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
  • Unexpected pleasure
    L0la132VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We went to the Library after a performance at the Public. The room is cozy and comfortable, with a noise level that allows theater-goers easily to discuss and debate without having to shout. The menu offers a good variety of seasonal dishes, with a heavy emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruit. The food was well prepared and presented. Service was competent and pleasant. I would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extremely impressive
    prezzy318
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Simply fantastic. Booked a last minute table during food week and had an incredible meal. Try the spiced pork chop and cold cucumber soup. Also the pannacotta with peaches was amazing. Only complaint was that the drinks were pricey, but reasonable given the level of the restaurant/bar. Also seemed like a great atmosphere to just grab a drink. Have eaten at many of nyc's top restaurants and this was up there with the best and much cheaper. Definitely going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem of a restaurant located at The Public Theater. The ambiance was really elegant and a great place for date night. The food was very good too. Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Dinner
    BilliamVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I met a group of friends here for dinner Friday night during restaurant week. The food was amazing, of special note were the shrimp tacos and the pork chop. The drinks were also special, and the atmosphere was aided by a bustling bar adjacent to the dining room. I wouldn't hesitate returning for another meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Check Out The Library
    garrisonwoods
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful meal with the family during restaurant week. Food was excellent, service friendly and efficient. Will definitely return next time we're in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Drinks!
    Mee2404
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but Overpriced Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    $14 for Prosecco?? Other than that we loved it. The food was great, tons of options (and veggie options) on the Restaurant Week menu. The house-made syrups ("Shrubs") to mix into drinks were amazing. But $14 for Prosecco??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    TRay
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I had time to finish dessert
    SomerledVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Here Lies Love
    Med87reunion
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Devomonster
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was great, cocktails were delicious and the food was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a book club meeting
    BrooklynJane
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Place
    Rock
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wobderful dining experience
    yummycibo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Perfect place to go after a show. Great cocktails made the night. Food was very good and shared with friends. Service was a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • See a play, eat dinner
    indicat
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    So nice that the convenience of eating at The Public when seeing a play also offers great food, drinks and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a superb evening
    Mfwolff
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but tight
    FrankM
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 239 reviews are from the The Library at the Public - Joe's Pub reviews archive.
  • Almost
    Katie10033
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but not before a show
    InterloperVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • library and Here Lies Love
    trioVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Theater spot!
    Ad0maticVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Library
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • USWDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    UKZoe
    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).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, in Stygian gloom
    summerlawn
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just for theatre goers
    nyproducer
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location, location, location
    CacsVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Public
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.