The Library at The Public

The Library at The Public

Cocktail Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
NoHo, New York
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    The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Amelie B.
    "Nice vibe and excellent cocktails."(2 Tips)
    Ellen M.
    "Nice cocktails--enjoyed the Dandy Riot."(2 Tips)
    Jay M.
    "The pickle plate had a surrise in every bite."(2 Tips)
    Meredith B.
    "Hidden gem! Delicious burger."(11 Tips)
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  • Jany X.
    Jany XuFebruary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Such good drinks. Dandy Riot. Honey Pot. Need to eat here properly. Would skip the apps - truffle fries are decent. The brandies cherries are delicious just by themselves.
  • Wilson Z.heart icon on user image
    Wilson ZhouJuly 4, 2015
    Cozy speakeasy, good to chill with friend with a good cocktail. This drink is Dr. who, bourbon with egg white.
    Upvoted Apr 25
  • Jay M.
    Jay MandelOctober 20, 2013
    The pickle plate had a surrise in every bite. Each vegetable was pickled in a different brine. It included egg, cauliflower, carrots, beats and many other fresh pickled vegetables.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew COctober 17, 2017
    It is hidden away, upstairs + dimly lit!!! Sticking to the name, it's generally quiet and peaceful... food is spectacular and cocktails were amazing, bartender helped curate non-menu drinks!!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneApril 20, 2018
    Book ahead as every table and the bar was full on a show night. Brussel sprouts side,mussels appetizer and roasted beet with goats cheese salad were all good
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Ingredients: Brisket blend patty, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddarTo know: This burger was named after Joe Papp, the founder of The Public Theater. Read more
  • Talia F.heart icon on user image
    Talia FisherNovember 22, 2014
    Get the farmers cheese and sesame crackers and French fries for bar snacks. The Shrubs are super drinkable but I also really like the drink with the egg white.
  • Todd B.heart icon on user image
    Todd BraceyMarch 14, 2019
    My first thought was “uh-oh, looks pricy & pretentious.” It was actually very welcoming, good and not too expensive. Our host was bland, but beautiful & efficient. Good booze!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 24, 2013
    Options include the pickle plate and marinated olives, as well as peekytoe crab rolls, which are more like sliders, and ruby red shrimp tacos. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 11, 2013
    Solid menu of American classics and excellent cocktails; a great bet for a pre- or post-show meal.
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BMarch 3, 2017
    Went here during Restaurant Week. Great food. Terrific wine list. Super friendly & knowledgeable staff. Definitely going back!
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMay 29, 2013
    Great spot to take a date. Good drinks and upscale bar food. Shrimp tacos are the bomb. Pulled pork sandwich and fries are also great.
  • Nitzan B.heart icon on user image
    Nitzan BJanuary 28, 2020
    This place is really cool with great vibes and food was delicious!
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZOctober 21, 2012
    When you enter the lobby of The Public Theater, hang a left and go up the stairs. At the end of the staircase you'll find this hidden Andrew Carmellini restaurant.
  • Francesca T.
    Francesca TMarch 12, 2013
    The ambiance is amazing. Get the burger! Steak menu on Mondays and live jazz music! Service was also incredible.
  • Tingheart icon on user image
    TingNovember 8, 2015
    Beautiful huge space on the second floor of the Public Theatre with well done cocktails.
  • Mike S.
    Mike StrockoJanuary 29, 2013
    Joe's Burger: a blend of brisket and chuck, topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperDecember 6, 2013
    Skip the burger, go for the more special dishes like the cauliflower casoulet or the potato & pumpkin pierogis. That's where they really shine.
  • Siovonne
    SiovonneAugust 26, 2014
    Great place for cocktails. Food was great, and the design of dining in a library is even better.
  • Amelie B.
    Amelie BJune 26, 2017
    Nice vibe and excellent cocktails. The endless summer was delicious
  • Jonathan K.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan KaczynskiJanuary 18, 2015
    A lovely little spot, above Joe's pub. There's always something interesting on the menu.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen ManuszakJanuary 24, 2013
    Nice cocktails--enjoyed the Dandy Riot. Prices on par with other upscale cocktail bars in the neighborhood.
  • Jennifer Y.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer YuJanuary 21, 2019
    Great hideaway spot for a bite or a drink
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 3, 2020
    The veal bolognese rigatoni was great!
  • Simran J.
    Simran JaisingJanuary 27, 2013
    lovely place to converse with a friend. comfortable. rigatoni and hot toddy's were solid, but not spectacular.
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesMarch 7, 2023
    The fried olives are addictive. But don’t sleep on the salads
  • Jasmine M.heart icon on user image
    Jasmine MehrabiMarch 30, 2019
    Cozy vibe. Friendly waitress. Pretty good burger and fries.
  • Lella C.heart icon on user image
    Lella CirAugust 13, 2016
    Go for the atmosphere and innovative cocktails only. Lobster rolls and hanger steak was overpriced for the mediocrity. I don't recommend food except for the french fries, which were worth every penny!
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LanzendorfMarch 18, 2018
    Burger and fries were not $28 good.
  • Meredith B.heart icon on user image
    Meredith BlechmanJanuary 18, 2015
    Hidden gem! Delicious burger. Great cocktails
  • Felix P.heart icon on user image
    Felix PomerantzJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome cocktails and French fries, plus it rarely gets crowded.
  • Dustin L.heart icon on user image
    Dustin LeeMarch 2, 2015
    Take a date. Great food, great service, great ambiance.
  • Nina Y.heart icon on user image
    Nina YiamsamathaOctober 20, 2012
    Awesome new place in The Public Theater.
  • Carla B.
    Carla BiaginiApril 16, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the specialty... it changes seasonly
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HarperNovember 22, 2021
    Burger was great, so was the service
  • James John (Jay) C.heart icon on user image
    Fantastic place. Funny waitress Lethally nice drinks.
  • Michelle
    MichelleMarch 4, 2015
    I only got drinks. Based on the reviews I was expecting tasty, multi dimensional cocktails but instead I found pretentious drinks with very few understandable ingredients.
  • Maria E.
    Maria ElosuaSeptember 17, 2013
    beautiful place to get a drink, elegant decoration
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzFebruary 9, 2013
    The Capitulation is like a floral gin martini.
  • 🄵🄴🄻🄸🅇 d.heart icon on user image
    Best beet salad ever!
  • Jenny L.heart icon on user image
    Jenny LamJuly 21, 2015
    Restaurant week awesomeness.
  • debbieheart icon on user image
    debbieJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails are worth the price
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LambertNovember 7, 2013
    Awesome bar and great burger!
  • ShoshanA
    ShoshanAAugust 14, 2013
    Great eggplant burger!
  • Sara Y.heart icon on user image
    Sara YMay 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome for pre-show.
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FApril 2, 2017
    Is it me or is this place a bit of a hidden treasure? John Leguizamo seems to think so!
  • Lissa G.
    Lissa GoldsmithMay 5, 2013
    Wonderful comfort food menu...
  • Cara A.heart icon on user image
    Cara AranetaJanuary 1, 2013
    New year price fixed meal- same price as a two star Michelin and not as good as a one star. Totally overrated. Regretting my nye meal here
  • Suri R.heart icon on user image
    Suri RSeptember 13, 2013
    Comfiest bar stools in the game!
  • Bianca O.heart icon on user image
    Bianca OrlandoNovember 11, 2017
    Nice but expensive!
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