Permanently Closed - PUBLIC

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This restaurant is permanently closed. While PUBLIC’s cuisine is a fusion of flavors from around the world, the restaurant’s vibe is unmistakably Manhattan. Located on a tree-lined street in Nolita, this airy modern-minimalist eatery exudes sophisticated charm with details like library card catalogs, old-fashioned mailboxes, a large flowering tree and a cozy back lounge with a fireplace.

The Australasian cuisine inspired by Executive Chef Brad Farmerie’s London training and travels through Australia, New Zealand, and the East features a menu that “knows no ethnic borders.” The restaurant was awarded a coveted Michelin Star in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 New York Guides.
PUBLIC also received a myriad of awards for its design, including ‘Best Restaurant Graphics’ and ‘Best Restaurant Design’ by the James Beard Foundation.

PUBLIC is owned and operated by design and concept firm AvroKO.
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4.2
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, wonderful food. My main complaint is that they are closing.

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vipMR12
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure here. Damn shame that they're being forced to close.

TD
vipTheDiner
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry to see Public go. Top restaurant in all of NYC.

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PicaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot- it covers the whole spectrum in a dining experience. You could go there for a casual brunch, a date, a special occasion- and fit it to any event. We went for a blowout knowing that they'll be closed down for the next 2 years and enjoyed the tasting menu. Instead of just falling off- knowing that there was only a week to go- they had fun experimental dishes like the seafood trio with lobster, himachi and fried oyster. The giant prawn was amazing- an entree in its own right- almost perfectly cooked. Their cocktails are unexpected- my Dirty Martini was a hot pink surprise with a pickled quail egg that infused every sip... Service was great, with some odd timing, but I'm used to Brooklyn service so compared to that: out of the park! Whenever a great city restaurant closes, I can only look at the gap it left and wish I had gone more- nothing new there, but certainly glad I got in before the doors closed at Public!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beautiful experience. Staff very sympathic and good advices. So sad that it was one of the last shift. The restaurant closes soon.

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vipShirleyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are sad that this wonderful place will close on June 2, 2017.

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vipSaki
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last hurrah was another wonderful dinner. We'll miss you!

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Lovefood
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Sorry the Public will be closing soon!
Good luck!
Thanks please let us know your plans!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing food and excellent service. So sad its closing

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Definitely a younger vibe. Fairly loud music and dark. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La hamburguesa "imposible" totalmente vegetal excelente y la tostada de salmón con huevos poché muy buena. El postre también
Excelente. Tarta de queso con helado de remolacha.

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AlyssaH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I love the Public, and we were sincerely put out to hear that they would be closing this summer. We immediately made brunch and dinner reservations for their last months.

The food has always been wonderful, both creative and satisfying, as well as being unique items that you can't find just anywhere. But most of all, the atmosphere and service has always been stupendous. It' has a vibe that's classy yet also completely chill and no-pressure. We love getting the wine option with the tasting menu, because we always feel that our experience and knowledge is being expanded but never in a way that makes us feel lost or condescended to. For our last dinner, we ended up being there for five hours from start to finish, with courses and wine arriving with perfect timing that never left us either bereft or rushed. And honestly, for what we got, both food/wine and time/experience-wise, the value was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

our waitress left before we were done. There was an error and the manager corrected it.
But a red headed gentlemen that took over our waitress was very rude

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat by the open area. Perfect weather with a nice breeze. The waiter was great and the food was excellent. But I heard they are closing in 30 days. So hurry up and make a reservation and eat there before they're gone for good. You won't be disappointed.

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vipKooooomar
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Went for date night. Food was mediocre, felt overpriced. Service incredibly subpar. Steak was too rare and server never checked on food or cared to make sure it was prepared as requested. Not deserving of its Michelin star.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Lovely place, great food, but terrible service -- the waiter never told us anything about the menu and then actually laughed in my face when I asked him details about some specific dishes, saying: "We have a Michelin Star! It's all good!" I'm sure this was a one-time event, and they were very busy, so it's not completely unforgivable, but it the service really dampened what could've otherwise been a solid experience.

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DavidB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience3

I was super disappointed with our evening at Public. The space is amazing - albeit loud on a Friday night. The wait staff was pleasant but not at all attentive and "did their job" without being friendly. The food was boring and in very small portions. Luckily it was not expensive.
I could cook this or better at home with one hand. I won't be back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Public was my first job when I moved to New York. It is special to me. To this day I still think it has the dopest, sexiest and most unique ambience. This restaurant will be missed, I definitely recommend going before they close!

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TarynE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have loved this restaurant for years and am so sad it is closing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last time before it closes. One of our favorites

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Lbnyc
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I love this restaurant and have been there a dozen times. Service last night was so bad, I am no longer sad it is closing. Although Jose is wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Public use to be my go to late night and brunch stop. I just had Easter brunch here and it was better than I remembered. We had a reservation for 5 and was running really late, they couldn't have been nicer. The service was warm, friendly and courteous. The food as good as very. The dreamy and luscious Turkish eggs. The kimchi waffle with eggs was just plain yummy. Go for an overall good Soho dinning experience before they close...

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vipNancyP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luke is a wonderful restaurant and I am so glad they are closing.

MN
MaineNY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We did the 5 course tasting menu and it was amazing. The atmosphere was great - wonderful music selection to set the vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The music was way too loud.
The food was nothing out of the ordinary.
I've been there before and have had a great experience. But not this time.

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vipmaedhbh
London
35 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Disappointing meal & service

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Lbnyc
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant
Inspiring atmosphere, outstanding food and great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went on a much needed date night. We had a gift certificate for PUBLIC and we were saving it for the perfect occasion! The food was absolutely delicious, each bite was a burst of flavor sensation. The service was fantastic from the host to busses to serve and the highlight of our night was the sommelier, Jose! He was extremely knowledgeable and experienced with wine, and more importantly we enjoy talking with him because he was such a nice, interesting guy! I highly recommend this restaurant and please order some wine and ask to speak with Jose!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is stellar. Try the tasting menu. Interesting flavors and beautifully cooked and presented.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!!! :)

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vipcbfood
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing brunch with unusual menu options. Tea smoked salmon, turkish eggs were exceptional.

MR
vipMR12
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal at Public -- everything is interesting, worth eating, and worth talking to others about...which is rare. Great for vegetarians, as many items are some exotic/delicious take on vegetables.

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vipAngieCT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

An iconic space and creative, yet comforting dining experience. My bad for not returning more often over the years. Never disappointed.

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Smooth
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Loud music makes an otherwise energetic volume almost unbearable. Food, which I have enjoyed in the past, was all a little fussy and seemed all to sweet

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vipYaleDad
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to see that this Michelin 1 star will be closing in June. Get there while you can for an exceptional experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews