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About The Library at the Public

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.

425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
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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.

Cross Street:
East 4th and Astor Place

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 539-8777

Website:
http://www.thelibraryatthepublic.com/

Public Transit:
The Library at The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th Street and Astor Place. By train take the N or the R to 8th Street, or the #6 to Astor Place.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Carmellini

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please e-mail events@publictheater.org for information.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

On New Year’s Eve, The Library at The Public will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu. The menu is $95 per person, excluding beverage, tax, and gratuity. Kaylyn Marie Scardefield will perform live music from 9:30pm into the new year!

Private Dining

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.

The Library at the Public Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Romantic (9)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

one does not go here for the reasons you go to a restaurant you go here because you are at the
public theatre. and you want to eat before or after a show. the food is just okay, the service is
okay and that is it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Good place for going to Publik theater-in and out quickly for theatre.
Good service
Beautiful room.
Food was just OK.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The Library has an enormously comfortable and welcoming vibe. The food is a gourmet take on pub style food - really fun. We loved it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Salads are excellent & huge. Act II aka entrees are overpriced for quality & quantity except for burger. Fries were great until you hit the bottom when you realized that they have been sitting for long awhile. Service is tops! Drinks excellent . Ambiance is perfect for autumn/winter coziness.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfect before a play at the Public . The staff are geared for that kind of deadline without ever making it feel rushed . Food excellent if pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful space in The Public Theatre space directly above Joes Pub. Incredibly attentive staff - my boyfriend has some food allergies and they were very accommodating. The food is outstanding and the drink menu is worth the journey thru to try a few - unique combinations of traditional cocktails

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I ended up being a little dissapointed in this place, but I may have had too high of expectations. While I don't have many complaints, I also don't have many great things to say either. I just felt like at the end of it, I payed way too much for what I got. I believe the prices are high because members of The Public Theater get a discount which brings the price down to an acceptable price for what you're getting. It's a nice place, the food was very flavorful, but the pricing didn't match the tiny tables that are close together, the service not having that luxury feel and the over priced drinks. I would not go back for all of those reasons, but I am happy I went once.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good food but poor service and tables too close to each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A great place for dining after seeing a show at the Public Theater

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

You don't have to be attending the theatre to enjoy The Library's warmth, hospitality, and informal dining options, however, if you are, you've found the perfect place. Casual, comfortable, with a staff that's helpful and always eager to please, it's one of my favorite places to go. Located on the mezzanine level of the Public Theatre, you'll never be late for a curtain or stumped for a place to have a pre-show dinner or cocktail.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have eaten at The Library several times and will do so again in the future.

The menu is small (5 appetizers, 4 salads, 8 entreés) yet well chosen with a good variety. We enjoyed the lobster rolls, shrimp tacos (a bit small), tagliatelle with pork ragù, hanger steak. All were nicely presented and very tasty. For dessert we shared the chocolate & vanilla soft serve and the gala apple crumble; the desserts were good but not outstanding. Overall a very enjoyable dinner.

The wine list is also small yet well chosen. We had an American Syrah that was quite good.

Service is great. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

Very good ambiance with one caveat. The atmosphere is, well, a library! Very nicely appointed and lit. The caveat: If you are a couple and there on a busy night most tables for two are in one line with very tight spacing. The restaurant ought to remove one of these tables to give more privacy. When we have been there on a less-busy night we were offered a more-private and more-spacious table for three.

Of course if you have tickets at the Public Theater the convenience of The Library (in the same building!) is unparalleled!

Members of the Public Theater get a discount! But remember to tip on the total before discount.

I recommend The Library.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a great find! We were seeing a play at the Public and stumbled upon the Library as an option. So glad we did. Comfortable ambience, interesting cocktails, and tasty food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always good food and sophisticated dining.
Service is excellent.
Choices wonderful.
Never feel rushed.
Hip chic New York wonderful

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

If you're going to a performance at the Public Theatre, the Library is a no-brainer. It's right there. Good food at reasonable prices, with a nice variety. One thing that cost them a star: at $16 a glass for a mediocre Malbec or Pinot Noir is a bit over the top, considering that the pour itself is on the anemic. side. Sorry Library, you can do better.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The cocktails always seem to have 1 too many ingredients in them...

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The major draw for the Library is that it is in the same bldg as the Public Theaters. It opens at 5:30 so it's doable for a 7pm curtain. The menu doesn't change too much but the offerings are good, well prepared and fresh. Last night I had mini lobster rolls which were excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great ambience, good food, but the service was pretty bad. We were seated at opening (5:30), with a 7 PM curtain. Thought this would be plenty of time, but it is only because we scaled back on what we wanted that we felt comfortable about making it on time. The server, though very nice, disappeared for long stretches. This seemed strange since the place is not all that big. A first course salad never arrived. Instead a different salad came that we sent back for the correct one. The server did come by once during this period to leave a plate for sharing, but never checked to see if we had gotten the salad. When the entrees arrived, she asked whether we still wanted the salad. Of course, we said no. Another long wait after the entrees were done. Surprised that they did not have an espresso machine. A request for a dessert menu brought, after a while, the check. We were in fact relieved because we could now be on time for the play.
There was also a private party going on by the bar. It so clogged things that people were constantly scooting between our table and the others to get by. Lucky to avoid getting clocked by the woman with the backpack!
Will give another try in a few weeks when we have tickets for another play. It is super convenient and the food was fine, though overpriced. ($29 for a pasta dish)
By the way, make sure you use the rest room prior. It is on another floor!
A big plus is a 20% discount for Members of the Public Theater.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Library is convenient to all that’s happening in The Public Theater. The cocktails are great. The menu is a bit limited, but the food is good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Library at The Public is wonderful. It has a wonderful ambience and the food and service are outstanding. It's a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny.

Tags: Vegan, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really enjoyed the combination of eating in the Library and seeing a show at the Public. Will do it again!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had tickets for a 7:30pm show and thought dinner right in the theater would be the thing to do to assure our making our program without a rush.
I must admit the restaurant was full! our servers did their best to attend to us, but it seemed like we were waiting quite a bit for attention, our drinks once ordered, and then our food. It was a busy evening and kitchen.
One appetizer mussels) was decidedly 'off' and it took awhile to get our sever's attention; she happily replaced with with a different offering. Out of the four of us, I know one diner was quite please w his meal; the others simply 'okay'.
There are other restaurants nearby and we have been to one that was quite good, and most likely return there.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great spot for pre-theatre dining. Right near Astor Place subway. Loved it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As always, lovely ambience,warm welcome, good service with attention to dietary issues , outstanding cocktail menu, food very good with the exception of the fish & chips which was substandard in every way. Same as last time we dined there. Because we are half century members of the Public Theater & because we value The Library we felt obligated to provide feedback on our exit - the response was "we're aware as we've heard it before". The puzzle is why the problem has not been rectified or the dish removed from the menu as one would expect. Shame on us for ordering it a second time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time. The Library is on left mezzanine level at The Public Theatrer. Opens at 5:30 for evening performances. Large attractive quiet room with a variety of seating arrangements. Expensive but 20% off for Public Members. Shared four excellent appetizers - mini lobster roles, calamari with good tartar sauce, special frites, cheese and fig bruschetta. Good mixed drink and wines by the glass. Could have returned for post performance dessert but thought the live music was too loud. Will return. Reservations helpful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Well well what a nice surprise! Went to see the legendary Phoebe Legere we had some extra time so we ernt upstairs. & ordered the largest best bowl of roasted beets with whipped goat cheese. Wonderful. Other yummy salads too. Beautiful cosy atmosphere. Gorgeous redone outside canopy at THE PUBLIC and new marquis lights.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wait staff was dreamy and very attentive - great service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good; loved the room. Waiter was a bit too "attentive" and made us feel rushed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was erratic. Main course came out in the middle of first course. Soft ice cream dessert was not even as good as Mr. Softee.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service, excellent food. Staff knew we were attending a show later in the evening, so they made sure that we were served promptly. Looking forward to coming back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

There was a private party in the restaurant which created a great deal of noise and poor service. The staff didn't know whom to serve first and as a result it took twenty minutes to receive our drinks and another fifteen to order dinners. I think if you have a private party scheduled in this relatively small space, you should close the restaurant to regular dining or at least inform your customers that an event is going on leaving the customers the choice of whether or not to reserve for dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Wonderful service and delicious choices from every act! Loved the shrimp tacos, little gem salad and burger! All delicious and nice wine choices- they even let us finish the remaining wine after the public theater show! Great!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Convenient for pre-show meal!! Waiter was friendly and helpful!! Would do again!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is my third time at the Library and while the food is very good, the service is not. Unfortunately, they don't open for dinner until 5:30pm and our show was at 7pm. On all three occasions at the Library we didn't have time for dessert or coffee. You would think an hour and half would be plenty of time, but it isn't. Truly disappointed and will not be making anymore reservations. My suggestion is that they open at 5pm.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The ambiance and service at the Library were good. My husband ordered the fish and chips. He was very disappointed in the dish as the fish was mushy and not really hot; the chips were large wedges of potatoes and not very good. However, the crumble dessert was delicious. The Library is very convenient for people seeing a play at the Public. We were served promptly which was important because we were going to the theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Way above expectation. The settings was peaceful yet intriguing. But if you only came for the great environment there, like me, you'll be suprised by the level of delicacies in the food. Even a simple little gen salad was served in the most low-profile yet most complicated and tasteful way. Recommend for everyday dining or date.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I just love this place. Wait staff is always great, love vibe and food is really good. Menu is a little limited - would love to see more options added. Definitely recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a great time after Joes Pub show..........accomodated party of 9 very nicely at 9pm......food and service were great.........very cozy and convenient spot for pre and post shows at Joes Pub or Public Theater

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Just right before theater. Creative recipes using healthy combinations. Chef responsive to special requests.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Went here on a date night - saw Blue Man Group across the street afterward. The restaurant was cozy and romantic, the food was great and my server was super pleasant. A+ dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This was an excellent choice for a pre-theatre meal. The food was outstanding, the service was efficient, and the price was reasonable.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Cozy
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