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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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