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PUBLIC - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
1719 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (212) 343-7011

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brad Farmerie

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for considering PUBLIC and The Monday Room for your next event. We can accommodate a variety of corporate and social events,including wedding ceremonies and receptions, business meetings, media events, wine tastings, private dinners and cocktail receptions.

  • Neighborhood

    NoLita

  • Cross street

    Spring and Prince

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    6,N & R train

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,719 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, wonderful food. My main complaint is that they are closing.
  2. MR

    MR12

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure here. Damn shame that they're being forced to close.
  3. TD

    TheDiner

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorry to see Public go. Top restaurant in all of NYC.
  4. PD

    PicaD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  6. SL

    ShirleyL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are sad that this wonderful place will close on June 2, 2017.
  7. S

    Saki

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our last hurrah was another wonderful dinner. We'll miss you!
  8. L

    Lovefood

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Sorry the Public will be closing soon! Good luck! Thanks please let us know your plans!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Amazing food and excellent service. So sad its closing
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Definitely a younger vibe. Fairly loud music and dark. Food was very good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  12. AH

    AlyssaH

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    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
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 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.
  15. K

    Kooooomar

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  17. DB

    DavidB

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  19. TE

    TarynE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have loved this restaurant for years and am so sad it is closing.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last time before it closes. One of our favorites
  21. L

    Lbnyc

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 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!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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...
  23. NP

    NancyP

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luke is a wonderful restaurant and I am so glad they are closing.
  24. MN

    MaineNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  26. m

    maedhbh

    London

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Disappointing meal & service
  27. L

    Lbnyc

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant Inspiring atmosphere, outstanding food and great cocktails.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is stellar. Try the tasting menu. Interesting flavors and beautifully cooked and presented.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience!!! :)
  31. c

    cbfood

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing brunch with unusual menu options. Tea smoked salmon, turkish eggs were exceptional.
  32. MR

    MR12

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  33. AC

    AngieCT

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  34. S

    Smooth

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    3.0

    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
  35. YD

    YaleDad

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  36. MW

    MarkW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff and nice lowkey spot. Had the Impossible burger: it was great. A little pricy but I guess not by Manhattan standards.
  37. DG

    DenaG

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    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.
  38. S

    Scorpio66

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The service was great the menus just tries too hard.
  39. AT

    ATNYC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    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
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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

FAQs

PUBLIC - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 1719 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spring and Prince

  • Neighborhood

    NoLita

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    6,N & R train

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brad Farmerie

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 343-7011

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for considering PUBLIC and The Monday Room for your next event. We can accommodate a variety of corporate and social events,including wedding ceremonies and receptions, business meetings, media events, wine tastings, private dinners and cocktail receptions.

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