The Public House at Merrion Row Hotel

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A destination itself, the Public House stands out in Times Square restaurants. Sophisticated yet welcoming, the Public House is an upscale eatery, serving new and traditional Irish-American fare. The menu is inspired by the light and refreshing flavors found along the west coast of Ireland, highlighting local produce, fish and meats where possible. Our chef takes a sustainable approach to his food and insists on only the freshest options. The bar boasts a 24 tap tower of craft and traditional draft beer. The drink list features refined classic cocktails and vast selection of high end spirits. The Public House at Merrion Row is perfect for both guests and locals alike. With food, drink and company this good, you may stay all day. When you do part ways with us, you’ll go home with warm memories and new friend
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Sun 12:00PM - 1:00PM 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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SM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of people together on Sunday and they could not have been nicer to us. The food was good and the atmosphere was beautiful. We'll be back for sure.

MN
Houston
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect. Highly recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes. It was delicious. We sat on the “patio” which was a cozy glass topped room surrounded by buildings. It was nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience although we were rushing to go see a broadway show

Will go back again!

PT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light filled and friendly, today was our third opportunity to enjoy the sunroom. Brunch is excellent but the service is way above par. What a treat!

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six ladies for dinner - WE LOVED IT ....the food...the setting...the staff....everything was just perfect...a hidden gem that we will surely return to and recommend

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food presented nicely, with friendly service. A diamond in the times square rough.

KL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant with a bright atrium in the back. The menu is modern Irish— I had the shepherds pie ( delicious) and my friends had shrimp sandwiches. This was my second visit. Very friendly and accommodating wait staff. My favorite thing about this restaurant is that it’s not overly crowded or noisy. Most Manhattan restaurants seat you on top of one another and it’s difficult to hear. This place is just comfortable and welcoming. Great if you want to actually hear your friends!

EF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable meal served by attentive yet non-intrusive wait staff. I will definitely be back and would (and already have!) recommend this restaurant to all.

l
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Small area for dinner but nice to be able to talk to guests. Nice find. Not expensive for ny

HJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved The Public House from the time we were greeted till leaving the restaurant. The service was excellent, Genna was very polite and informative about the menu. The decor made it very quaint which made it feel very homey. We loved the specialty cocktails and the food was excellent. Troy ,the maitre d, was hospitable, and ensured everything was perfect for our dinner. We can’t wait to go back to this little gem in a big city.

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely, calming break from the hustle and bustle of Times Square! The charming decor, friendly service, and delicious Irish breakfast are highly recommended.

d
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service, an enticing menu and charming decor - especially the glassed garden room.

DM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Food and service were great! Convenient to theatre district,

PY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot in the Times Square area. Staff was wonderful and food was terrific.

P
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Public House is a delight. Gracious wait staff, many from Ireland, so I'd be happy just to sit and enjoy their beautiful accents and charm. Delicious food - I had an early dinner with a friend, having just come from a matinee - great quinoa and faro salad with a nice piece of salmon on top. Terrific location just off Broadway in the Theater District - a lovely repose. (And the adjacent hotel looks super too.)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so lovely. The food variety and quality is excellent and the service is great. Perfect for a quiet business lunch.

VR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great hidden gem in the middle of the theatre district. A sleek, modern space with up-scale pub food (plus other more substantial dinner options) at a reasonable price. Loved sitting in the "conservatory" with its natural light coming from the glass roof overhead.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and good food. We had the salmon, pub burger and the pork chop.

G
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot for pre theater meal!
Greeted warmly and the excellent customer service continued thru meal.
I had a delicious crab cake sandwich with fabulous fries.

K
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we had visited...food was fabulous, service was excellent (thank you, any!) ambience means we’ll be returning. One of the best pre-broadway show meals we’ve had...almost didn’t want to write this review as would love to keep this hidden gem a secret!!!

K
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We wanted to select a place where we can talk for a farewell lunch if a board member. This restaurant is quiet and service was amazing. We ordered JC club sandwiches, salad, smoked salmon, Beyond burger and crab cake sandwiches. They were all delicious. The price is very reasonable. We will definitely return again.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good vibe!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely light dinner with fantastic atmosphere. It felt like a small quaint restaurant just steps from all the hustle if Times Square.

QG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This quaint little pub/bistro/restaurant inside the Merrion Row boutique hotel was lovely. It was quiet enough for good conversation, yet upbeat and lively enough for a birthday celebration date. Our server Amanda was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly without ever being obtrusive. And, the crab cake was delicious and the mocktails make us forget that they were not alcohol based. Refreshing! This little gem of a restaurant is the perfect date spot, pre dinner theater bite or with a group of friends who just wants to relax and enjoy a pleasant vibe and great food. Everyone there that we met, manager, front desk person, support staff was incredibly nice. We will be back.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine, was located near a show we were going to see. Not delicious but very edible.

EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden treasure. One of our quiet go-tos for a quiet meal before or after a show.

MV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great small gem tucked away on 45th street. Worth the visit!

DR
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great service and very nice restaurant. I sent my Halibut dinner back because it was over cooked. Came back the same way. They compensated by offering free drinks or dessert.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect pre-theatre experience.

J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the enclosed area outside of the bar. It was filled with light and such a nice place to be. My son and I could not have had better service and both of our meals were delicious. The bar area was noisy than where we were. I would definitely go back especially great for before an evening show.

SH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at The Public House and we’ll definitely be back! The food was delicious and flavorful, the service was fantastic. Our waitress Amanda, and assistant William ensured we always had full glasses of water and prompt drink refills. The menu has choices for all palates and preferences, and the prices are very reasonable...especially for the neighborhood. The ambiance is comfortable...I’d definitely recommend sitting in the back room because it’s brightly lit with the lovely glass ceiling.
We’ll definitely be back!

FF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Could be one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. We made our reservation 1 month ago on Open Table. When we arrived, we were seated at a table outside the dining room in the lobby of the hotel. No apologies! Very poorly handled. I will not go back and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. There are many better options in the neighborhood.

FC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and venue early in evening but very noisy and crowded by 7. Also younger crowd than usual theater crowd. Still i would definitely go again but with a larger group!

S
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. And beautiful atmosphere too. Great value.

TC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem Excellent Food and Service Too. Close to theaters

n
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was awesome and so was the staff!

D
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was a nice find for pre theater dinner. Food was very good and the seating in the back room was nice and sunny

MS
New England
119 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely dining room and bar with warm and wonderful service; some of the food wasn't quite up to the surroundings and the staff. The restaurant and lobby area were an oasis on one of the busiest streets in Times Square - a complete surprise and a very beautiful, comfortable and serene place. The staff were genuine, friendly and alert. The menu was interesting, but the food was uneven both in conception and preparation: the salads were A plus plus - well conceived and well executed. Some of the dishes - for example, the 'gazpacho' soup- were odd - one diner said it was exactly like "salsa" - spicy, thick and one dimensional. The fish in the fish and chips was unidentifiable and oddly textured; the chips were great. Better entrees were the pork chop and the chicken curry. Desserts - a little dome of chocolate mousse, and a special of a soft chocolate chip cookie - were terrific. Prices were typical for the area, and we were out in plenty of time for a 730 curtain, but I wished we loved the food more.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely — went with a friend during early dinner hour so it was quiet. Space had clean modern lines, an excellent menu, and the jalapeno margarita we had was delicious (first was more fiery than the 2nd though, which is my one critique). Intend to go again as it was lovely and food we ordered was really good.

DR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our breakfast was fantastic. Sit in the enclosed outdoor area.

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