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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.

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About Permanently Closed - PUBLIC

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.

210 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
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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

Cross Street:
Spring and Prince

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 343-7011

Website:
http://www.public-nyc.com/

Public Transit:
6,N & R train

Executive Chef:
Brad Farmerie

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

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PUBLIC - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (1789)
Romantic (1557)
Good for Groups (1484)
Notable Wine List (1278)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1255)
Great for Brunch (540)
Late-night Find (414)
Great for Outdoor Dining (306)
Great for Lunch (148)
Scenic View (101)
Kid-friendly (51)
Good for a Date (49)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Tasting Menu (32)
Cozy (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Fun (23)
People Watching (17)
Authentic (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Casual (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Tapas (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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

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 (London)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service. So sad its closing

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 19, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Last time before it closes. One of our favorites

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Berlin)·Dined 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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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Disappointing meal & service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Fantastic restaurant
Inspiring atmosphere, outstanding food and great cocktails.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Wonderful experience!!! :)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

The service was great the menus just tries too hard.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun
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