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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
Special Events & Promotions:
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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'd like a bite before attending a play at The Public Theater, The Library is the place. Enough menu items to please everyone. The Little Gem salad is just that. Large enough to share. Grilled octopus is very good. Shrimp tacos deelish. Decent wine list. Friendly wait staff. Prompt service. Not overpriced. A return-to location.
We had reservations here before going to see a play at The Public Theater. What a convenience to have it right in the same building. The atmosphere is cozy and certainly lives up to it's name; books line the walls, the lighting is low and intimate, lots of wood. The food was good. We started with the pork tacos which were excellent. I had the roasted chicken and my husband had the burger. Both were very good. Best part of the night was learning that the man sitting at the table next to us, who we had a casual conversation with, was an actor from the play we were going to see...and he proved to be a highlight of the show!
Great service. Great table. Hostess and host were terrific as was bartender. Very nice waitress as well. Cocktails VG+. Food...okay? 2 people dining: 1 order came out wrong - 2 ingredients missing from the what menu listed - so everyone ate by them self. Not fun. And wrong order came out over cooked 2nd time.
With so many shows going on, the kitchen was BUSY! Had the cheeseburger which is always good and the fries which are the BEST. I had ordered the burger without bacon but I got it anyway. Our server was attentive and apologized for the bacon (she noticed - I didn't mention it to her). Once some of the shows started, it calmed down and we had another glass of wine. Such a pretty place!
We had tickets for a show at the Public Theater and we decided to give The Library a chance. We are Public Theater members and we attend performances there all the time, and The Library will be our first choice for dinner in the future, and not just because it's convenient. The food is good (same menu as Joe's Pub), the service is excellent, the décor and ambiance are pleasant and attractive, the architect/decorator and our fellow diners kept the noise level down, and the price was fairly reasonable for Manhattan. Our waiter, Patrick had our show time and our membership information before we sat down, so we had no trouble making our curtain, and the 20% membership discount was taken off the bill before it was presented to us. It was a very good experience.
We always enjoy dining at The Library at The Public Theater, especially when we are seeing
a 7 p.m. show right downstairs! As members of The Public we receive a 20% discount on
our meal which is an additional perk. The food is always delicious, the drinks inventive, and
the atmosphere very serene.
Server was very friendly. I made reservation on line with mention of my son's birthday, we went to see John Leguizamo ( was hilarious). I did not mention his bday at the restaurant.
After our dinner we ordered dessert to share and it arrived with a candle, I was very impressed, they read my comment and acted upon it, what a pleasant surprise!
What happened? This used to be a very good place with a nice menu. But now, limited choices, poor quality of food, mediocre service and pricess too high, even with Members' . Why is eggplant parmigiano no longer on menu. And no decaf expresso. Can not recommend this restaurant any more.
service was not impressive at all, we arrived 5 mins before our reservation time of 7pm, and were told our table wasn't ready even though the place only got 3 other tables with guests. it took 15 mins for them to set the table up. We noticed we had a combined round table and a square table for our party of 5. we asked if we can get a more normal set up since it is difficult with the two combined tables with different shapes. We were told no since there is a party there that evening, and there is no other tables available. Food was OK but for the price tag, it is way overpriced. won't be going back there anytime soon.
The 2nd floor corner location is very extraordinary and you will not realize there's a restaurant there. We come during restaurant week. The service, food, and ambiance are all good. It's very good dining experience. However, the $15 per glass red wine seems pricey in regards to the quality.
This place was a pleasant surprise. The decor and etc are to my liking. It felt like you were in a really big library and was comfortable. We were here for restaurant week. I ordered mussels for appetizer and it was BOMB! And then the entree was a bit of a disappointment. I had ordered duck and it was a bit dry and overcooked. It was underwhelming in every aspect. I think if I had ordered the burger or the fish & chips, I wouldn't have been disappointed because the place seemed to be more like an American pub kinda sorta. The dessert was solid. And their cocktail menu was pretty tasty. Overall, good and happy bout it. I really like the environment and space. I just would ordered a little differently next time.
This was NOT a good experience. I choose this restaurant from the NYC restaurant week line-up. The one good dish we got was really excellent - the mussels in broth appetizer. It really was fabulous. Everything else was shall I say, a surprise. The Burrata appetizer was on the salty side but the surprise was the unpeeled, unappetizing logs of carrot adorning the plate. The fish and chips was a lump of soggy cod with some huge unseasoned planks of potato. The waitress stopped making eye contact when this came out. The apple crisp was good but the apples were a bit hard. But probably the biggest surprise of the night was the chocolate walnut cake - it was the smallest slice of cake I have ever seen! My companion and I were almost laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of it. I'm sure the kitchen got a kick out of it too! If this is what they put out when they are showcasing their restaurant, I can't imagine what swill they put out the rest of the year!
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