Public House - New York

3.8
155 reviews
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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!
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3.9
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KS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

More for happy hour crowd than diners. Extremely loud. Food so-so.

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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There were nice options for vegetarian friends and the service was good. It was noisy with a fundraiser in progress.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, came out quick and serving staff very helpful

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A DISASTER. I had four family members in from out of town. They took a reservation AND MADE ME CONFIRM IT THE DAY BEFORE when, in fact, they were closed for a private event. My firm in the Chrysler Building uses this place for events but we will never come here again. Unprofessional and totally thoughtless. Thanks for ruining a family event.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent place for lunch, good food with nice atmosphere.

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - good and varied selection. S service is awesome!

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JR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great place to see a game. Plenty of TV screens, good beer selection. Food is just ok.

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Bloody Mary started off the meal with a bang - delicious. The food was also delicious and there was plenty of it! The service was prompt and friendly.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great day with my girlfriends in NYC. Also got to watch the football game on a big screen!

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SS
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like this place and will definitely be going back. The staff is accommodating and the service was excellent. The menu is quite diverse and there is something for everyone. Great food.

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SL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good but plan to ask your servers multiple times for things like refills and the check. Budget about 15 more minutes to your meal time because of these delays.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great for a group

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ER
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Table service was OK, Joey was awesome!!! A little loud for what we went for, however, we had a great time!

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L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We met here with a large group for happy hour and dinner and it was great. Easy drink/beer list, fun atmosphere, and something on the food menu for everyone. They even have gluten-free beer and menu options.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

I was expecting a chill place to have dinner with a friend. It turns out it was a loud, crowded sports bar. For a sports bar it was fine, but as a chill NYC restaurant for a nice catch dinner, it was not great.

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This place right here, wow I dont know where to begin. If I had to base my review on just my first hour here then I would tell you run for the hills.  I was already forewarned about the lack of service from previous Yelp reviews but I went anyway to see they are not far from the truth. 

In a nutshell this place is not too far off from being a self service establishment. At different times I had to get put my seat to either find help, order a drink, and closed my tab. Our first hour there we ordered chips and guac with two shots of tequila which took 30 minutes for us to get the chips after I spent 10 minutes looking for someone to even take our order.  As our group got a bit bigger, the service got a bit better, the food and drinks were coming out quicker.

My Cons are mainly the reflection of poor management:
-  Slow and impersonal service (obvious she wasn't thrilled about us)
-  Advertised specials that weren't offered
-  One waitress available for a whole bar who was also being the hostess when we arrived
-  The plastic cups for water
- Having to track down the waitress to get my bill (took 15 mins to get her)

After my visit I totally see what the reviews on yelp were talking about and the management at The Public House needs to do better, stop the madness

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d
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Noise level was absolutely terrible. Couldn’t hear ourselves talk across the table. It’s a sports bar!!! Let the sound be the games on TV not blaring music which stops customers from communicating.
The food and service was excellent. The facility was excellent but management choice of sound level was absolutely horrible for that early in the evening!!

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G
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Public House has a good staff who tried to be attentive to us. The problem was that there was a large party who took over the entire 1st floor so my friend and I were located on the small upper level. Being on thr 2nd floor meant that the servers could not easily see us so signaling that you needed something or your check was hard and time-consuming.

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SQ
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I met a friend there after work for a bite and to hang out. Food was fine, service polite and they let us take our time without any pressure. We didn't drink, but it looked like they had a good variety of options.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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JI
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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KD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

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

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Hostess was rude

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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SS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

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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V
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

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

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

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!

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BE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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JR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AM
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

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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JQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2015
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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