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About Public House - New York

Conveniently located in Midtown a block from Grand Central Station, Public House blends great food, fine spirits & good times. Public House boasts a sophisticated, yet unassuming crowd, spacious bar, private lounge & separate dining area featuring classic American cuisine in our relaxed atmosphere. Public House is the perfect place for a power lunch, a quiet dinner for two, or to socialize & unwind after work. For the sports fan, large HDTV plasma screens broadcast the big games. Private parties, large groups & special events are welcome, with private dining & event space available. Serving lunch, dinner & late-night menus. Catering services, take-out & delivery available upon request. Welcome to our house... Public House!

140 E 41st St
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Between 3rd and Lexington Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 682-3710

Website:
http://www.publichousenyc.com/

Catering:
Catering available customized to your desires.

Executive Chef:
Masekela Jones

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Public House - New York Ratings and Reviews

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3.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.5

service

3.3

ambience

3.5

value

2.8

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience at Public House. I attended the restaurant with a friend and we made reservations then had to alter the reservation time due to changes in our schedules. When I called about this change, a member of the Public House team was very understanding and accommodative. The environment at Public House is very beautiful and inviting, sophisticated but laid-back - and the menu had an awesome variety! I look forward to going again soon.

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The server delivered our lunch and then never came back to see whether the meal was satisfactory. The french fries had been served cold. Once we flagged her down she promptly brought new hot fries from the kitchen, but it took a long time to get her attention and others ere halfway through their meal before the new fries arrived.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Had lunch with a friend. The wait staff was subpar - forgotten drink orders, sides, condiments, even water (had to ask multiple times). Food was nothing special. Fries were completely over done, drinks were weak. Eventually had to go to the bartender to get our check. Just a mediocre experience overall. Spend your money elsewhere in midtown.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Good venue to watch a Yankee game or any sports event.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Was charged $100 more than what my receipt says. Called every day for a week and was told a manager would get back to me. Never did. I now had to get my bank and lawyer involved. Used to be my favorite place. Will never go back. And will make sure everyone I know never goes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

They had changed the menus but still had the old ones on the site. Waitress didn't write our orders down and got the beer order wrong. Then one of our guests got the wrong cheese on his cheeseburger. Again she didn't write down the order. Onion rings were overly greasy.
It just wasn't a good experience. Would not go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very very noisy place... I will never go there again. Though the waitress was amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food and price ok. Music a bit loud, but if that doesnt bother you, good place to meet friends for a bite.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Good food , fast service, nice attentive servers, nice booth, enjoied the meal

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Music was great while drinking, talking. Great large atmosphere and mixture of crowd.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Hostess was rude

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 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2016

The food was really good and the menu has plenty to choose from. It looked as though some of the tables and chairs have taken a pretty good beating and that somewhat detracted from the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Hair in water glass. Mouse ran across dining room floor while eating. Diners scrambling to take pictures of it. I won't go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2016

More frat party than restaurant. Burger was dry - a disappointment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2016

My only concern was the bill was incorrect with an additional charge of $40. It was quickly corrected but I didn't appreciate being overcharged.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2016

I had been here for lunch on another occasion and it was very good. I needed something for dinner near Grand Central so this fit the bill; however, it was a disaster based solely on the noise level! Service and food were good but the music was so loud and with a full bar and nearly full restaurant area it was impossible to hear my dinner companion sitting across the table from me. The bar crowd had to shout to be heard above the music and the shouting just escalated throughout the entire facility.
My ears were ringing --even the server had trouble hearing our orders.
Great server, lousy atomosphere for dinner only due to noise level.
Good place for lunch.
Would never recommend or return for dinner!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Portions very small for the price.
Service slow with few in the place.
Lunch value at $25.00 per head for just a small single course.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Excellent as it usually is, they did not talus ever were there and called while I was sitting in the sinning room . Great food and good service and such a pretty setting with history! Wish there was a little more provided about the history. Always love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Great Food Drink prices are way too high. Too loud for me. Crowd a tad bit too young for me also.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 29, 2015

Food was good - upscale pub type menu. Service was great. Server very attentive. Very loud and the bar was the focus.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2015

Long story short - Had reservation showed up and was told they were not seating anyone due to holiday parties but they could give me a table nearest the front door in the bar if I promised to be done quickly.

Nice bar. Poor floor management. Poor customer service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 30, 2015

Burgers were great! Service was one of the best but i had to lower the rating because 5 of the beers we order they were out of. We didn't know they were out until the waitress returned eaxh tkme with apologies

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2015

Went to lunch and enjoyed it more than expected! Nice staff and food very good! Looks like would be a nice place for drinks -

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2015

My girlfriends and I went to Public House specifically for the Tuesday night special: $35 for a 3-course meal with bottomless wine. Unfortunately, when we got there we were informed that a private party was taking up most of the restaurant's resources and only the regular menu was available.

Although the burger I ordered was enjoyable, I was disappointed that no one from the restaurant reached out and told us ahead of time that we wouldn't be able to do the special.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2015

Both the hostess and waitress were welcoming and friendly. The waitress was very helpful with selecting food options. Overall high marks for service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2015

Our waiter, Peter, was very good...friendly, attentive (but not obtrusive), knowledgeable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2015

Artichoke and spinach dip was excellent!
Salmon was also quite good!
Nice cocktails!
Noise level was RIDICULOUSLY loud (between 6:30 and 8:00)!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2015

It was too loud for dinner and we left. I would never go back for dinner. You could not hear anything. People were screaming cause it was so loud.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2015

I picked the restaurant on a rainy day based on its Zagat rating and the proximity to my client's office. We each had calamari and a spinach salad. The waiter admitted it was her first day and she did not know what teas they had. The calamari was hard crusted the crust was startchy and not cooked through but the meat was rubbery as if overcooked (or not so fresh). The spinach salad was fresh and free of sand, the dressing was good and the tomatoes ripe. It started to pour just before we left. My client was grateful it was so close to her office.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2015

The food was good but not great and the waitstaff while friendly, were not very attentive. It took 20-25 minutes to get our salads and my friend never received the extra dressing she requested. It was not particularly crowded and the waitstaff seemed to be milling around purposely avoiding making eye contact with customers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2015

Conveniently located NY Sports Bar. Food is good as is the service. Great bar scene. Watched the World Cup and had great fun. A bit pricey but it is after all NYC.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2015

Went here for lunch - Food was great and portion sizes were large. Service was extremely slow with only 1 server working all tables. Was there for over an hour just for lunch. The bar area was nice and I can see that part getting packed for happy hour.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2015

Good for lunch, food is very good, especially compared with similar priced lunch spots in the Grand Central area. Tends to be a little noisy, but that becomes less noticeable once seated and talking with your group. We have avoided at night due to the loud music.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2015

I saw that someone else had written that this is a great place for lunch - very quiet.
Well, they were right!! We had a great time. Salads were delicious and huge!! Hamburger and fries were perfect.
Definitely will be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2015

It was so loud that we almost left. People had to scream at the poor waitress to be heard. Food was poor but our server was wonderful.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2014

Public House was hopping on a Tuesday night. Seemed especially well-suited to recent college grads looking for a post-work bar.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2014

always have a great experience at lunch
perfect business area place
can have coversations and not noisy

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Platos especiales y desconocidos si no eres de EEUU. Excelente atención. Música fuerte. No es para una cena romántica, es para un momento más informal.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2014

Food was excellent - we got nachos, burger, chicken salad sandwich, and the turkey brie sandwich. It's a very popular post-work Happy Hour spot so even though we had a table in the dining area you're still in the mix of things so expect it to be loud and crowded

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2014

favorite drink still the public house lemonade. Great spot for lunch and after-work drinks. Long bar, barservice can get slow during peak times.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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