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The Library at The Public

4.2
4.2
1009 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

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    On Valentine's Day, we will feature our à la carte menu with celebratory dishes and a special performance by Ali Grieb. After a few wonderful years embracing the food and music of New Orleans, Ali Grieb is happy to be back in her home city, New York! Known for her charisma and ability to captivate a room, Ali’s vocals have the ability to transport you back to a time where cold martinis, crooners, and low lighting were king. In addition to music, Ali is known for her comedy, writing, and corporate consulting business: HospitaliTY Included.

What 1,009 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. n

    nyproducer

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    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.
  2. MC

    MarieC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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.
  3. BH

    BarrettH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The folks at the Library made our experience wonderful.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Kitchen was backed up and our dinner came one hour after we ordered.
  5. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    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
  6. B

    Bubbe

    New York Area

    161 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    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.
  7. m

    melissah

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice venue and convenient for shows at The Public.
  8. LM

    LaurieM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw FatHam. Great good great service cute room
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem in the heart of the city. -amazing food -great service -fairly priced Highly recommend
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  11. JM

    JoyceM

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    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.
  12. DM

    DoctorM

    New York Area

    168 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the room was cozy and not too noisy (a rarity these days). Our server was very capable and charming.
  14. J

    Jared

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  15. K

    Kutie

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    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.
  16. CH

    ChristopherH

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant is closed so should not be accepting reservations.
  17. KM

    KateM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    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.
  18. B

    Barbara

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food served by friendly, professional wait staff. Great ambiance. Loved it! We’ll be back!
  19. F

    Foodlover

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    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.
  20. J

    Jasbo

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    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.
  21. v

    visitwithfriends

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Perfect for dinner before the show. Literally like having dinner in an elegant but cozy library.
  22. Z

    Zan1

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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.
  23. CB

    CatherineB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    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.
  24. S

    Struv64

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  25. PL

    PaulL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the most delicious food I've had. The service and staff are fantastic. Great ambiance.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    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.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  28. M

    Mosalty

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great gathering spot pre/post theater..nice ambience, good vibe, excellent service
  29. BL

    BarbaraL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Great food. Great Ambience. the service was teriffic.
  30. HF

    HappyFoodie

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    If you are expecting to “dine,” don’t bother with this place. It’s really a basic bar, not posh at all despite its advertisements, and strange overpriced menu. Odd entree choices like $34 Spanish octopus, and $24 burgers. Wine list deplorable. This is a pass!!! No diners were here for good reason. We left and went across the street to Lafayette and had a lovely time.
  31. H

    Hobokenken

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Can be quite good at times with the occasional quality lapse. Lobster rolls now off the menu were overrated and overpriced. The menu in general is a bit overpriced but if you're a member of Public, the discount helps considerably. Servers are pleasant and atmosphere is clubby and nice. French fries are worth the price of admission.
  32. N

    Nina

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We sat for almost an hour waiting for food Ind dish cold had to be reheated...other was burger..grisly and tasteless Very pricey for mediocre food and terrible service They comped glass of wine..should have comped dinner
  33. G

    Glen

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Library at The Public doesn't have to be as good as it is. It has a potentially captive audience - patrons of the excellent performance space - with a 20% discount for contributors. The drinks are delicious, the beers are interesting, and the food cannot be faulted. The service is friendly and competent.
  34. D

    David

    Baltimore

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There's no reason to eat at The Library unless you have tickets to see a show at the Public Theater. But we did, and it was perfect. We had a lively and informative conversation with the couple at the next table.
  35. DM

    DoctorM

    New York Area

    168 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ideal location for dining when we have a show at the Public. Terrific hamburgers but steak special for the day was just OK. And why so many french fries????
  36. T

    Theatregoer

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very comfortable room with great service. But the food is ridiculously overpriced and mediocre. The cheapest thing on the menu is a $23 burger which was over cooked and dry. The fries, however, were great.
  37. A

    Andyjo

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere and service. One of our dishes -- the cauliflower cassoulet -- was a bit of a disappointment. Portion quite small and it wasn't interesting; moreover, too much cornstarch. On the other hand, we very much liked the caesar salad. Overall, I find the prices a little high (two tacos for $15?) but on the other hand, appreciate the convenience of eating at The Public right before the show. Again, the service is wonderful, as is the setting.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    298 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    298 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Not bad for Members of the Public, who get a 20% discount, otherwise, it is expensive. Roast Chicken dish was steaming hot and tasty. The Tagliatelle was lukewarm but flavorful. It took a long time to place the order and receive our meals. Pre-theater, the place is packed. Make a reservation!
  39. A

    Andyjo

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely place....I do find the prices somewhat high (for not particularly large portions) but the membership discount helped somewhat. Our server was really excellent. It was on a Monday when the theaters weren't having performances, so it was quite quiet (a rare treat).
  40. S

    Shikara

    New York Area

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friend and I shared a large burger, cooked to perfection and made of wonderful beef. I only wish I had enough of an appetite to order my own and have the full pleasure. Wether before or after a show at The Public, The Library its an excellent choice.

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The Library at The Public is rated 4.2 stars by 1009 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
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.

  • 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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