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Library At The Public Theater - The Library at The Public, New York, NY
The Library at The Public, New York, NY
Library At The Public Theater - The Library at The Public, New York, NY
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The Library at The Public

4.6
4.6
1021 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Library at The Public is an Astor-era lounge tucked away in the mezzanine level of The Public Theater's new downtown home at Astor Place serving classic and inspired cocktails, wine, and Chef Andrew Carmellini's eclectic American menu sourcing local ingredients and New York influence.

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2 people

11:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    5:30 PM to 12:00 AM Tuesday & Wednesday Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM. 5:30 PM to 1:00 AM Thursday-Friday 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM Saturday Late Night Menu Thursday - Saturday 11:00pm to 12:00 am 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM Sunday Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM.
  • Phone number
    (212) 539-8777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Carmellini
  • Private party facilities
    The Library at The Public Theater is located on the mezzanine level of the Public Theater and serves American cuisine. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.
  • Private party contact
    Marie Lyons: (212) 539-8790
  • Neighborhood
    NoHo
  • Cross street
    East 4th and Astor Place
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,021 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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1,021 Reviews
  1. Chappaqua5423

    New York City

    190 reviews

    4.0

    190 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was fabulous and we got in and out in perfect time to see our show

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  2. Jay160

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Library is an excellent restaurant and a great convenience when see shows at the Public Theatre or Joe's Pub. The food is great from the burger to the steak frites, and the cocktails are excellent. The ambience is nice and the service is good. Check it out -

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  3. Theary

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beth gave us great service and the food was delicious. We will be back.

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  4. Dotan

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was nearly perfect, especially for the price ($45 restaurant week 3-course dinner deal). The only thing they messed up was my wife's butternut squash soup, which was delicious BUT way too spicy hot. Like someone in the kitchen wasn't paying attention to the amount of cayenne going into the dish. I can tolerate super spicy food and had trouble finishing her soup. It happens but it's nice to get an apology and some sort of recognition that an error was made and that part did not happen. In any case, it was the only hiccup in an otherwise flawless meal. And once again a great value. It's also a beautiful restaurant. Not sure why it's not busier.

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  5. PatriciaB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the Library and really want to give it better ratings. The food is good, especially the steak frites. Nobody makes better frites!!! Awesome. HOWEVER, they really seem to not be able to get food to the table in a timely manner. We were seeing a show, we said we need to be out in time and the food was delivered 30 minutes before show time. PLEASE someone fix this - I have to ask for the food everytime and I have to keep asking. This has happened twice in one month.

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  6. JohnH

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and such a quiet place to have dinner conversation before going to a show. So many restaurants play bad and loud music. Fortunately, the Library is a civil and jet place to enjoy a meal.

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  7. CaptainMikeSaysItsGreat

    New York City

    304 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    304 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate on the "terrace" or "mezzanine" (library was closed for some reason), but it was just delightful. Our server, Beth, was super friendly and efficient. I loved it

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Especially good service, great food as always. Can’t wait to go back.

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  9. Rosa

    New York City

    89 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been here before (although not for several years) but will not be back again. We had to ask for sweetener three times; servings were extremely small; my food was barely lukewarm - clearly it had been sitting out for a long time before being brought to the table - when I asked to have it reheated, it was brought back in a very hot plate, but the food was still cold (and not very good). While it is very convenient to eat here when seeing a performance, there are many excellent restaurants nearby offering better food and service.

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  10. CASBAR

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They had reservations times on open table but the restaurant was not open so double check their hours and do not rely on open table

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always come to The Library when we see a play at the Public. The menu has been changed except for a few items such as the steak fish and chips and the burger. Service is always good. Drinks are delicious. And the menu has been updated for the better It’s just a charming and friendly New York spot. We love it.

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  12. DiannaD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Other patrons who were seated after we were seated were served before us. The front desk didn’t have my name when my guest arrived. Service was slow and we had to rush to pay and see the show.

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  13. DWiggins

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, food and COCKTAILS!! What a hidden gem!! I am in a conundrum…..do I share my hidden secret and potentially expose myself to long waits or do I share and spotlight this incredible gem………

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  14. nyproducer

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the setting. Food was (as always) well prepared. The server was sweet but not on top of our needs - and didn’t fully understand what was in all the dishes we ordered.

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  15. MarieC

    New York City

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not what it was in the past. I asked for a cosmo and got a vodka grapefruit. The $66 short rib special was a blob of fat on the bone with undercooked vegetables. It was New Year’s Eve and the place was empty.

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  16. BarrettH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The folks at the Library made our experience wonderful.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Kitchen was backed up and our dinner came one hour after we ordered.

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  18. Nancy

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for the theater (like everyone else) so servers were very busy all at once, but did their best to get us served and out. …. Nice atmosphere/decor, olive appetizer and salmon dish was very good, and my cocktail excellent. A bit expensive, but we did have 2 drinks and 2 wines , so I guess on par with similar venues…. NH

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  19. Bubbe

    New York City

    173 reviews

    3.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank goodness that Partners get 20% off. The Library thinks that it is a Danny Meyer restaurant. Not. The drinks are 19 dollars and not great. Food very good. Corkage is $55. Huh? Skip this and go to a Japanese restaurant on 9th Avenue.

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  20. melissah

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice venue and convenient for shows at The Public.

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  21. LaurieM

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Saw FatHam. Great good great service cute room

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem in the heart of the city. -amazing food -great service -fairly priced Highly recommend

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere at The Library. I had the calamari with pickled peppers. It was delicious. I went after a performance at Public Theatre. It was so convenient not to have to leave the building and still get a wonderful restaurant. Our waiter was the perfect combination of attentive and quick. The recommendation on our drinks was spot on. We will be back

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  24. JoyceM

    New York City

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Some thing were good and some were not. When we received our appetizers we had no share plates. The server who dropped off the appetizers should have given us plates when he saw there were none. (He was very busy but that’s no excuse). We tried to get someone’s anyone’s attention that were servers without being obnoxious and decided to just use our forks without plates. The fried calamari with hot peppers was more hot peppers than calamari. Not good when your paying for calamari. The fried olives with blue cheese lacked blue cheese. The entrees we ordered wall very good. Service - you expect delays - but it looked like there were enough servers so as to not be ignored.

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  25. DoctorM

    New York City

    183 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    183 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very convenient if you're seeing a show at the Public and we were. I enjoyed the corn dogs appetizer. Fish & chips were OK. My companion enjoyed his cheeseburger, but I found it overcooked. Soft serve ice cream is always good.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and the room was cozy and not too noisy (a rarity these days). Our server was very capable and charming.

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  27. Jared

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An East Village gem. Little more sophistication than one usually finds in the east village, but no pretensions. A place to be with friends or a date to have a conversation without screaming to be heard. A great meal and the kind of place where ideas, dreams, life is discussed.

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  28. Kutie

    New York City

    46 reviews

    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked the restaurant about two weeks ago for our anniversary, and when we arrived the restaurant yesterday, we were told the restaurant was closed, no confirmation phone call or message was received, and of course no one bothered to tell us the reservation was not going to be honored. I thought it was a nice and elegant restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, but it turned out so bad. We will never try or trust it.

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  29. ChristopherH

    New York City

    41 reviews

    1.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant is closed so should not be accepting reservations.

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  30. KateM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for what we were looking for. I only had an issue with the fish in the fish taco. There wasn't a lot of meat in two of them. But the taste was very good. I thought the staff should be given a raise. I hope they are paid well.

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  31. Barbara

    New York City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food served by friendly, professional wait staff. Great ambiance. Loved it! We’ll be back!

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  32. Foodlover

    New York City

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The prices are on the high side, but with the member discount they are more reasonable. Service is friendly and accommodating. It is a perfect location for a bite before seeing a show at the Public, but would not consider it to be a destination restaurant.

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  33. Jasbo

    New York City

    53 reviews

    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Library is a lovely, clubby kind of room with a very talented wait staff. The food, on the other hand is uneven, satisfactory but often lackluster. The convenience and comfort of the restaurant is a serious draw but I think serious thought should be given to improving the menu.

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  34. goodplacemidtown

    New York City

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for dinner before the show. Literally like having dinner in an elegant but cozy library.

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  35. Zan1

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place to eat before a show downstairs. We ate early (5.30pm) so the ambience was quiet and very relaxed, probably a bit different after a show! Service and staff were great. Food was good - we shared quite a few appetizers to make a meal where we could sample lots of the dishes. Not cheap but its NYC and super-convenient before a show.

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  36. CatherineB

    New York City

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I was excited about going to this local place but in fact we ended up going somewhere else. I was never informed that it was a special $90 prix fixe that night, even though my reservation was checked on several times. Decor was a bit tired and worn. Music was sort of a loud frantic collection of unpleasant sound. We were surprised but decided to try to make the best of it. After looking at the menu, which offered a few not very appealing options and several things, brussel sprouts and walnuts, that I really dislike, we decided to chance it and try to find another place to eat. Staff was lovely but everything else was a unfortunately a big disappointment.

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  37. Struv64

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the specialty drinks to the salads and main course all of the tastes were on point and service was excellent! We called because traffic was heavy and we got to our waiting table 15 minutes late and everyone was very nice! Great hidden gem!

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  38. PaulL

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the most delicious food I've had. The service and staff are fantastic. Great ambiance.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was awful. Waited 20 minutes before a waiter filled our glasses, and then another 20 minutes for our first drinks. We asked for some aioli for our fries twice and we never received. There weren’t even many people at the restaurant. The food was great but the service was horrible.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a late Tuesday night dinner during restaurant week. Burger was fantastic. Fish and chips were pretty good. Cocktails on point though a little pricey. Service was excellent.

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The Library at The Public is rated 4.6 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Google Map for The Library at The Public

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East 4th and Astor Place
  • Neighborhood
    NoHo
  • Hours of operation
    5:30 PM to 12:00 AM Tuesday & Wednesday Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM. 5:30 PM to 1:00 AM Thursday-Friday 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM Saturday Late Night Menu Thursday - Saturday 11:00pm to 12:00 am 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM Sunday Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Carmellini
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 539-8777
  • Private party facilities
    The Library at The Public Theater is located on the mezzanine level of the Public Theater and serves American cuisine. Our event program features custom, chef-designed menus and personalized service from a team of event planning professionals.
  • Private party contact
    Marie Lyons: (212) 539-8790
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