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“the highs are high, the lows are almost as low” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Public

Public
210 Elizabeth Street, New York City, NY 10012 (Nolita)
(212) 343-7011
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Ranked #1,948 of 11,181 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, International, Asian, Eclectic
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Nolita
Cross street: Spring and Prince
Transit: 6,N & R train
on my feet
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87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“the highs are high, the lows are almost as low”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

this review comes right down to the food, which was quite uneven during a recent visit. we decided to come for the sunday supper, an opportunity for the chef to show us what they could do with five courses. the breads were excellent, especially the fennel foccacia. the Soufflé was the strongest part of the menu, with the pork belly a solid second. my wife and daughter were a little put off by the sheer size of the pork belly portion, but i had no problem--perhaps pork belly might have been better served as the primary ingredient of an app. however, the tres leches cake as dessert was just off, and the ravioli was plain bad--undercooked, and the pasta was rolled way too thick.
the room itself was handsome, and the service team were slick, warm and attentive--they cannot be faulted.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“How I Love Thee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

I love Aussie, and boy does it get even better when it is Aussie in NYC!!! This Aussie fusion restaurant is super, super cool and always filled with super chic clientele. Love the ambiance of the place...despite the Michelin rating sometimes the food can be less than dependable. But the atmosphere definitely makes up where the food sometimes isn't at its super-standard!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great American Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a fun restaurant. Cool decor, great food, and good service. Check it out if you are in the mood for some great american style food.

Visited March 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Liked the Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Ate brunch here on a Sunday in March. Nice ambiance, friendly staff, good service.
Food was very good. Best cranberry muffin ever (the property was a muffin factory a
hundred years ago). Would absolutely return here for brunch.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cyprus
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“Oh Dear!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Went to Public for dinner on a Saturday night, and was very excited to visit the place. The decoration and atmosphere is great, very cozy. But....oh the echo! The reastaurant was full, and the sound was defening, we were in and out of there in 1 hour max. we were gtwo people sitting at a table not beig able to talk to eachother because of the terrible noise. Thankfully the food was very nice. Went home with a headache. Chose not to go on a busy weekend night unless they fit sound absorbing materials int the place.

Visited December 2012
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