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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.

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    NoLita

  • Cross street

    Spring and Prince

  • 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

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Menu

Desserts

  • Goat Cheese Cake$9.00

    with beet ice cream, apricot puree and macadamia nuts

    • Chocolate Dome$9.00

      with Aleppo caramel, mint ice cream, meringue, and candied walnuts

      • Coconut Panna Cotta$9.00

        with compressed pineapple, mezcal foam and blood orange sorbet

        • Coffee Tres Leches Cake$9.00

          with vanilla crème fraiche, mocha cookies and charred orange

          Saxelby Cheese Plate

          $18; with flatbread and beet and apple relish

          • Bayley Hazen Blue

            raw cow's milk, Vermont

            • Willoughby

              pasteurized cow's milk, Vermont

              • Tres Bonne

                pasteurized goat's milk, Vermont

                • Farmstead Feta

                  pasteurized sheep's milk, Wisconsin

                  Dessert Cocktails

                  • Irish Hot Whiskey$14.00

                    Teeling Small Batch, clove, cinnamon, star anise, honey, citrus peel, fresh rosemary

                    • Scotch Amaro Flip$14.00

                      Auchentoshan 12-Year, Amaro Lucano, whole egg

                      • Spiced Apple Cider$9.00

                        Fresh local apple cider spiced with clove, cinnamon, fresh ginger, allspice

                        Glass

                        • Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc$13.00

                          Haut Charmes – Sauternes, France 13'

                          • Furmint Blend$15.00

                            Late Harvest Royal Tokaji – Mad, Hungary

                            • Pedro Ximenez$15.00

                              Dandelion Vineyards – Barossa, Australia

                              • Muscat$16.00

                                Yalumba Museum – South Eastern Australia

                                Bottle

                                • Botrytised Riesling 375ml$54.00

                                  Forrest – Marlborough, New Zealand 11

                                  • Moscato D'asti 750ml$48.00

                                    Vietti- Piedmont, Italy 14

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                                    What 1,719 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    4.2
                                    4.2 based on all time ratings
                                    • 4.1Food
                                    • 4.0Service
                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                    • 3.8Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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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

                                      124 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      124 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

                                      75 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      75 reviews

                                      Dined on May 21, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    8. L

                                      Lovefood

                                      London

                                      6 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      6 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

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      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.

                                    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

                                      2 reviews

                                      1.0

                                      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.

                                    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

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 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

                                      14 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      14 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

                                      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

                                      36 reviews

                                      2.0

                                      36 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

                                      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

                                      17 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      17 reviews

                                      Dined on April 9, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful experience!!! :)

                                    31. c

                                      cbfood

                                      New York Area

                                      27 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      27 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

                                      13 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      13 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.

                                    • 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

                                    • 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

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