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Permanently Closed - PUBLIC

1719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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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Cross street
Spring and Prince
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Public transit
6,N & R train
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Gift Card
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
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

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

vipMR12 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

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

vipTheDiner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

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

vipSaki (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service. So sad its closing

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipKooooomar (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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.