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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.

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

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (43)
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Bar Seating (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Great choice for before a performance at the Public- particularly in rainy weather. The food is dependably very good, service friendly and efficient.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The ambiance here is amazing it's like a little unknown treasure in the city. I loved the appetizers better than i did my dinner. Staff is top notch and would definitely come again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The Library is the perfect place to eat if you are attending a play at The Public Theatre. Good food, great atmosphere and it couldn't be more convenient.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

It is a great place! Definitely coming back! The signature dishes are full of flavor. The service is exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Great place to have a meal before a show at the Public Theater. The food isn't cheap, but it's not astronomical and it is very good. Great service as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Super convenient before a show. The food was delicious. The hosts and servers were attentive but not pushy and, it didn't feel stuffy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The Gala Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream is worth the visit all by itself.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The Library is a valuable pre and post theater spot. They pay a lot of attention to their cocktails. Food includes burgers, fish, vegan fare as well. Fun bookish decor.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Perfect for pre or post theater at the Public.
Friendly, efficient staff.
Limited menu, but good food

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2017

The food is pedestrian and a little over-priced, althoughthere is a discount for members of the Public. The service was friendly and mostly attentive. I would only recommend for theater-goers.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

My second time for dinner before the show. A perfect place to enjoy good food before the show.

Tags: Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Our favorite pretheatre dining spot at The Public. Great food and service in a charming atmosphere and they get you out on time for the show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I've eaten here several times and it always lives up to it's reputation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Andrew Carmellini hits it outta the Park with The Library! Great, friendly service in an inviting, warm space, complement a fine menu with something for everyone. They also have jusy about the best burger in town!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I've loved the Library since it opened. The wait staff is attentive and agreeable, the ambiance is perfect for pre or post theater and matches the sensibility of the Public Theater. It feels special without being precious. My favorite spot on Lafayette!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Very convenient for The Public, lovely atmosphere, but a very narrow and relatively unhealthy menu that is oddly unevenly priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I enjoyed my meal. The serving portion on the ravioli was small for the price. The brussel sprouts were delicious with the mustard sauce. The hamburger and fries were very tasty. i would go back again.

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

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

It is a lovely atmosphere but menu is quite limited and I think pricey. For most main dishes and desserts. The wait staff is particularly friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2017

The food was well prepared and good, but way overpriced. We loved the room. I'd recommend it to friends with deep pockets but would be unlikely to return, even though we're members of The Public and attend frequently , given the tab. Pity.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Perfect before a show at The Public. Excellent cocktails and beer; attentive service; light fare, fresh ingredients.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Perfect place for before or after a performance. Staff excellent. Food very good. Room interesting.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Superb! The food was fantastic, service was great. My new go to place pre theater

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2017

It was fine until -- 20 minutes after leaving the restaurant-- I started getting Open Table messages that attempted to have me use Apple Pay to purchase someone else's meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

The tuna carpaccio is perfect - a cool, tasty, crunchy experience. Best ever.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2017

had a crowd of 10 people who were comfortably accommodated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

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.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 2, 2017

The place is really cool, but the food is overpriced for what it is. I don't care to pay when it is worth it. Great drinks and service!

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

Beautiful space, friendly service, mediocre food - especially for the prices. Would not eat there again, would maybe stop by for a drink before a show.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food & cocktails were fabulous and our waiter was great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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