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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.
New York, NY 10003
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.
East 4th and Astor Place
$30 and under
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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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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
If you're going to a play at the Public Theatre, this is pretty unbeatable from a convenience point of view, as the restaurant is in the same building. The food is good enough and there is a nice wine list. The restaurant has no windows so I wouldn't go there during the daytime or in the summer when the sun is still shining during the pre-theatre time.
I love Joes Pub, and we had drinks here before seeing a show. As a foodie, I kind of wanted to be wowed because the ambience is so nice. Also its the same exact menu that served at Joes - would feel more special if the food was different or there were specials. I'd probably only come back for a drink.
REALLY NICE ATMOSPHERE - GREAT IF YOU ARE SEEING SOMETHING AT THE THEATRE THERE OR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.HAMBURGER IS GREAT, SALMON GREAT but AS DELICIOUS AS THE VEGAN MEAL OF CAULIFLOWER WAS THERE -IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO CALL A MEAL -DISAPPONTING ALSO IT WAS DESCRIBED BY WAITRESS AS HAVING OTHER SEASONAL VEGETABLES IN IT - THOSE WERE 4 STRINGBEANS AND 1/4 OF A SMALL TOMATO -A BIT PALTRY
The burger and steak were over marinated. Too much soy/teriyaki masks the flavor of the meat. Disappointed with the main dishes. The beet salad was fresh and delicious as was the butternut squash. Cocktail was a bit strong, but overall satisfying. Our waiter was amazing and the ambience was very comfortable. I would not get dinner here again, however. Appetizers, salads, drinks and dessert would be my choice next time.
Wasn't very happy with my experience. I thought the restaurant was open until 12 so I made a reservation for 10:30. The first thing that was odd to me was the call I received the day before from the hostess, that due to their kitchen closing at 10:30, their Restaurant Week menu would not be unavailable to us. Fine. Not the reason for our visit but when we got there (on time for our reservation), the waiter said that the kitchen closes at 11. We felt rushed the entire time after that. So I'm not happy with our visit, but did think the food was good. Not sure I would return though.
This was great! The Library came recommended to me by a friend, and my date and I made a reservation for restaurant week. The service was outstanding, the food was great, and the ambience was fun and understated. My only regret is not getting tickets to the 9:30 show at the theatre! Will definitely be coming back.
I was planning to see a show at Joe's Pub downstairs and wanted to get some drinks and light bites beforehand with friends. The Library has a great selections of crowd-pleasing food, and the cocktails were delicious (which prompted me to have a nice buzz before the show). The setting is cozy, warm and inviting, and the servers are great. Always an enjoyable experience.
The staff were amazing, the front host put us in a cozy table for a date and our server was very attentive and friendly. No issues there.
This was my first time doing NY Rest Week and my first experience at The Library. Unfortunately, the food was very very underwhelming (except the ricotta dessert!!!). I wish I spent $200 on the two of us elsewhere...cocktails were good but nothing extraordinary.
Maybe I would pop by for a glass of wine and fries before a show just to be ushered in by the wonderful host but other than that, I was so disappointed in our experience.
An absolute gem that was not on my list originally however like previous reviews, I have nothing but great things to say. I went out with my wife for my 30th birthday and anticipated to hit the big names in the area (PDT and Death & Co.) however there was a ridiculously long wait list for them.
We were about to call it an early night when I was able to make a reservation and trekked 10 blocks from our current location up.
We were greeted by two lovely hosts, promptly attended to with subtle touches like a pillow for my wife who sat on the leather bound banquette. I promptly took my seat next to her and we both admired the creative touches of the menu, the attention to detail of the room and all its decor.
Within seconds our server greeted us, made some suggestions of cocktails based on our tastes and followed up after we received them.
We ordered the hanger and calamari which were both beautifully prepared. The hanger was perhaps one of the best I've enjoyed thus far.
As a restauranteur I take pleasure in seeing an establishment run like a well oiled machine with all the intricate details in front and back of the house interacting seamlessly to deliver a sublime experience.
We have made a decision to find more reasons to go and enjoy the experience again and again, not just for special occasions but "just because."
It might be a long trip from the Hudson Valley for dinner, but the sum is always greater than its parts and thus will be worth it every time.
I love the Library. Such a great spot, so cute and comfortable. The food is excellent. I hate here every night for five nights while we did a show at the Public, and never got tired of the food (craving their roasted brussels sprouts as I type this.) When my company does shows at Cooper Union we often do the after show drinks at the Library because the service is great and they serve food late. Worth noting that my fellow dinner guests are all super foodies and they loved it too.
We ate there on a Saturday night after attending the Blue Man Group show. They showed us to a table right at he entrance, but were accommodating when we asked to move. The alcohol selection was larger. The food menu not so much. But the food we got was very good. It was a little pricey though. Maybe the price was within NYC ranges.
This was my second visit and I brought a different friend this time around. The food is amazingly delicious, fresh, beautifully presented, and the portions are incredibly generous. I am introducing The Library to as many people as I can. It's my new favorite place. Bravo!
Great hidden gem at The Public Theater. I have eaten there mostly before the theater. But sometimes, like the two women at the table next to me this week, I just go to have dinner. Check it out whether you are going to see a performance at The Public or not. (But - take every chance you can get to see performances at The Public - The Library will nourish your body, The Public will nourish your mind and your soul.)
The Library is a beautiful setting for dinner. Service is attentive. The food is tasty. It’s easy to get to your theater at the Public from inside the building. And if you’re a member of the Public there is a 20% discount. The prices seem high so it’s not the best value for money. It’s a nice special occasion restaurant, with a limited but very tasty menu.
I dined at the Library TWICE this week -- before a show on Tuesday, and before another show on Saturday. Both nights, the service, food (order the fries, tacos and beets!), and ambiance were excellent. The wonderful hostess, Shannon, and our servers were mindful of our time and experience. We felt well-fed and well taken care of. On my second night here, I went up afterward with my friend for tea at the Library to discuss the show. We weren't dining, but they still gave us a terrific table and took good care of us. The noise level was low enough to enjoy a good conversation without shouting, and the lighting provided a very cozy atmosphere. We were up there for two hours drinking tea and chatting and didn't even know so much time had passed. This place is a hidden gem. Cannot wait to return!
Anything having to do with The Public Theater is a treat - it's a wonderful place to be, and The Library is a lovely setting within the theater building. But it's pricey - the least expensive bottle of wine was a $70 Malbec. A modest appetizer of burrata was $18. Some of the dishes are almost too creative to be accessible...smoked cauliflower in a fava bean puree with sprinklings of other "autumn vegetables." It's like they're trying too hard. The burger ordered by one friend was well received as was a mushroom pasta dish. But for two appetizers, three entrees, and a bottle of wine the bill ended up over $200. Next time it's back to Joe's Pub.
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