Public Kitchen

4.3
455 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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THE HOTEL’S RESTAURANT BY RENOWNED CHEF JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN, IS DRIVEN BY THE MARKET AND THE SEASONS, AND INSPIRED BY JEAN-GEORGES’ TRAVELS WORLDWIDE. THE MENU FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD, ORGANIC POULTRY AND GRASS FED MEATS, AS WELL AS USING THE FRESHEST ORGANIC GREEN MARKET FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. CHEF JEAN-GEORGES’ SIGNATURE STYLE AND FLAVORS APPEAR IN ALL DISHES THROUGHOUT THE MENU. IT FEATURES A SMOKER, WOOD-BURNING OVEN AND WOOD BURNING GRILL AS A FOCAL POINT AND HAS A MENU FOR ALL TASTES AND DIETS, INCLUDING VEGAN. THE FOOD AND ENERGETIC SETTING COMPLIMENTS THE FEEL OF THE HOTEL.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(212) 273-9403
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Thomas McKenna
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Houston and Stranton
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Parking details
PublicHotels
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Public transit
B, D, F and M Train to Broadway/Lafayette
F Train to 2nd Ave
6 Train to Bleecker
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome from start to finish

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The most memorable aspect of the public is how bad the service is. The food is edible and I would only go back to dine at the bar. The drinks were the only aspect of our meal of that showed competence. It's on a level of awful that you rarely see in New York City just when you travel. They're nice people but the place was empty and everyone is just lost like they had a really late night. We were chill about it as we were going to the museum around the corner but there's far better options within walking distance. Definitely not up to Schrager standards.

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N
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was my cousin’s birthday. We had reservations someplace else but I decided to cancel when I read that this place was associated with Jean Georges... we were there on time. Were kept almost an hour at the bar with a bartender that either was exhausted or terribly hungover. Our waiter was serving half the restaurant and another waiter the other half, our drinks were delivered late and to the wrong client. We had to go to the bar 3 times to ask what was happening. The cheese fried appetizer was a joke, please remove it. The truffle pizza was good after a considerable amount of time my omelette arrived and I had to return it. An omelette on an airplane looks better. Too bad I can’t show the picture. Waste of time, money and I will never come back. The manager apologized but it was too late. Btw... NYT rated them with 1 star. Take your name out of this place Jean Georges. Actually I found a way to place the photo. This is how my omelette was served

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Needs a lot of work, improvement... service and food wise... the venue has potential ... but please train your staff!

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E
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful experience! Will come visit back to try other foods

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

mostly the service could have been better not enough attention to the details like clearing plates which leaves an informal impression. the pizza was perfect and the space is sexy. music in background was eclectic and fun. the nearby upstairs lounge and hotel bars are gorgeous maybe for a cocktail after dinner. my experience with abc kitchen the prior evening was flawless by comparison in terms of service and a similar vibe minus the convenience of additional bar lounge venues upstairs that the Public hotel offers

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

great pizza and burgers very comfortable dining, manager came over several times to check on our party. Nice touch always to be recognized.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! Best ever pizza I had eat!

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J
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall nice place to have dinner and drinks with friends!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

As a Jean Gorgs, a nice place but not at his level

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AY
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE PUBLIC KITCHEN!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Sadly I would not be able to recommend the Public Kitchen for lunch (when I've been for dinner if was a very different experience). I was only able to book a table for 2.30pm (which was fine), but I got a call from the hostess 1 hour before my booking to say the kitchen closes at this time - not sure why I was even able to book the table if the kitchen was closed?? I said we would go earlier if they could accommodate us, as 2.30pm was the only option, and when I got there at 2pm, the restaurant was completely empty!!! This made the ambiance terrible, but the service from the staff was fine.

When it came to the food choice I was incredibly disappointed. Having been to a number of the Jean-George restaurants before, I know the menus you find online are not always the ones in the restaurant so I called them on two separate occasions to confirm whether the limited menu I could see was all that was available, but I was told both times that the menu was more varied, and that anything could be adapted to suit dietary requirements. Again incorrect information but I spoke to two separate people on separate days and was told the same thing. Safe to say when we got there, the limited menu was all that was available and spoilt out experience - for many people their first time in Jean-Georges restaurant!

The food was OK, and the kitchen tried to be flexible, but it wasn't great.

If you want a burger or pizza then great but I think there are much better options for lunch around the city.

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MD
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was enjoyed by all who could attend. Shrimp and grits recommended.

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GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok. Smaller portions even though it was quite pricey. Probably won’t go back to the restaurant but the bar upstairs was good. Great music but again pricey drinks.

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SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

+$400 for a 3-person dinner, and everything felt a bit tired ; the room, the service and especially the food. Was expecting great things, but sadly this missed the mark!

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Octopus was beyond salty. Had to send it back. Squash potstickers were too fried and oily. Couldn't finish.

The cauliflower was very good. So was the burger and scallops.

The pink lady apple salad was too simple for the price.

Chocolate cake was great.

To conclude, the menu is hit or miss.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was pretty chilly in the restaurant as I don’t think they have the heating on, but it’s on the first floor where people are constantly revolving in and out of the hotel lobby with winter air

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m
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice bar/restaurant in a modern hotel with a fabulous entrance that is sort of like a garden. Menu is "comfortable" with a variety of options from pizza to burgers to more traditional entrees. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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VM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food. Nice service. Spot fits as me dining on my own same as family gathering dinners or dining and branching with friends. Reasonably priced menu. Never disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with genteel waiter, definitely would go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was ok. The atmosphere was so good and clean. It was priced high for the food that you got.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, delicious food, and thirst quenching drinks. Great overall experience.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went here for brunch after staying the night in the hotel. dissapointed with the food.. would have expected more flavor or something . Server was nice but messed up drink order but no big deal easily fixed. overall ok experience but would not return for brunch.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Varied menu with excellent food.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from service to the food.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by the accomodation shown to my party. I had 3 surprise guests show up to attend my birthday dinner and they were happy to accomodate my reservation of 5pp to 8pp. Food was delicious and healthy. Loved the ambiance of the hotel, restaurant and lounge. Will definitely go back!

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m
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

I didn't *hate* the restaurant but many of our dishes were over-salted. The drinks and ambiance were great though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s day

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DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is very good. Escarole salad was overdressed but everything else was delicious.

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrendous. We have dined here before and it was fine but the waitstaff insensitive to the allergies of one of my guests. Appetizers were coming out with entrees and drink service was glacial. The restaurant wasn’t even that busy so I’m not sure what the issue was

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SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Third time at Public Kitchen. Service on our drinks was terrible throughout the meal, any opportunity to get it right they got it wrong. Wrong drinks, forgotten drinks, no drinks, huge wait time between ordering and receiving (the wrong drink) Which is a shame, because the food is great - but it's enough to deter from going again. A simple apology or acknowledgement or a "this drink is on us" would have gone a long way.

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i
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Came for my 35th bday. The food was outstanding. Service was ok- the bread basket was not set out and we asked for it after our first course arrived at the table & we still had no bread.
Had the duck and Spanish octopus apps. The duck was perfectly cooked. Spanish octopus was served with basil pesto fettuccini which was extra delicious. My husband had the lamb chop and i had the monkfish with polenta. The polenta was just ok. The desserts were not the highlight of the meal. Not awful but not impressive. The ambiance is very romantic. Couples were holding hands at the table. I was expecting half the couple to get engaged by the end of the night buy nothing happened lol there was a piano player and fireplace at the lounge bar part of the locale. It was nice to try once. Because of the price, i would not return.

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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food. Loved the music and ambiance. Spacious and attractive space.
We had a mixed up with our bill which kind of made us feel ready to leave before we had anticipated. Service was ok nothing special.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My friends and I went for restaurant week. It was delicious...but I feel compelled to write about the service. We were there for nearly 3 hours waiting for our food. I think they prioritize non-restaurant week customers since we get the set menu/$. Though I understand that, 3 hours was really absurd. We were all nearly asleep by the end.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the service just wasn’t good at all and this is coming from someone who works in hospitality. Server seemed uninterested and not attentive and bothered (even though there wasn’t anything for him to be bothered by) Ambiance is great but with the food and service being sub par or less than that I wouldn’t recommend. Came here for a birthday celebration.

Bartender was friendly and helpful tho!

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was sooooooooo slow and not
Professional . The food excellent

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects - food , service and atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Wasn’t worth the hype. The service was not good at all. We ordered only appetizers and decided to eat dinner elsewhere, given our server was rude. The person cleaning up the table was not trained properly either. He cleaned up while we were counting cash to pay the bill. Restaurant experiences are not only about the food.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food but exceptionally poor service this time. Brunch took 3 1/2 hours and it wasn’t because we were taking our time.

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ND
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Exceptional and unusual menu. Thus is a little known gem. The hake with an unusual mushroom was extraordinary. The sommelier was amazing and did an incredible wine pairing with less known wines. The food is beautifully presented and unusual. This is our 2nd time. It is a wonder this place isn’t mobbed. Also the hotel is beautiful to walk around or have a drink upstairs.

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