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Permanently Closed - PUBLIC

4.2
1719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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International
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Special Occasion

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 6pm-10pm
Friday -Saturday, 6pm-11pm
Sunday: 6pm-10pm

Brunch Hours:
Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm
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Phone number
(212) 343-7011
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brad Farmerie
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Spring and Prince
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Public transit
6,N & R train
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Public may not the hot spot that it once was, but what restaurant almost ten years into its existence is? Thankfully there’s still plenty of good action going on inside.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service. So sad its closing

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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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2.0Dined on May 5, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 2, 2017

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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2.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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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2.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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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1.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Last time before it closes. One of our favorites

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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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2.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Disappointing meal & service

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Fantastic restaurant
Inspiring atmosphere, outstanding food and great cocktails.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

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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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Wonderful experience!!! :)

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

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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4.0Dined on March 28, 2017

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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3.0Dined on March 23, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Very attentive staff and nice lowkey spot. Had the Impossible burger: it was great. A little pricy but I guess not by Manhattan standards.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service great. My only issue was that when I made the reservation I put in the notes that I and my companion wanted the tasting menu, and that we are vegetarians. When the restaurant called to confirm the reservation I reiterated what was in the notes and the person said "Yeah, that's no problem, we can do that for you." But, when I got to the restaurant, I was told that the tasting menus were gone and that they don't have a vegetarian tasting menu anyway.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2017

The service was great the menus just tries too hard.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Pleasant service and ambiance. Menu sounds amazing, then it comes and everything is incredibly under seasoned (I do not like salt aside from a bit to bring out flavor, so that is saying a lot from me. But also includes just hitting with pepper, or a pinch of red chili to bring out flavor), blah, and under whelming. I never ask for salt and pepper, but did here. The waiter brought the mills, and deposited on the table. How about offering?

I'd go for a drink or appetizer but save my money and palate for anything else

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2017

One of the best of the city. No doubt about it. Extraordinary drinks, the bar tender awsome, the best oysters in the world. Its just fantastic

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