It's NY and the group is torn between pizza and something different. In the end we opt for Public since you can't live on pizza alone (must be some new research I guess)
The first impression of Public is one of "Cool". There's a great atmosphere, soft lighting, brick walls, a good general vibe. You want to be seen here. You want to take a date to a place like this. Maybe some of the tables for 2 are too close alongside the brick wall in the main room, so you are not going to go into personal conversations here.
The menu is, well, interesting. Every dish is presented as a fusion of ingredients you would not normally associate together. Somehow miso ends up as an ingredient in three dishes. There's a wagyu beef tongue and you wonder how a wagyu tongue is different from that of a more common ruminant. There's Kangaroo on the starters as well, and we can't not order skippy. Apparently this is one of their signature award winning dishes.
As a side they have fried brussel sprout. Never seen it before, so that ones makes it to the table too.
The starters were well presented, some better than others. The beef tongue was a bit tough. I expected something softer and more moist, as I'm used to in Italian cooking. The person who ordered kangaroo also mentioned it was a bit tough. The mushroom ceviche was a winner.
The cod as a main was good, definitely enjoyed that. I will fault some of the dishes for being too rich in salt, but that's probably down to palate. Overall a good experience even though our party was divided down the middle on the food. On the ambience there was however consensus, the place is cool.
Excellent service, as usual in NYC I find. For non-Americans, that's down to the 20% tip you have to leave.
Last mention on the wine list, cheapest starts around the $50 mark, goes into the hundreds quickly for better selections.
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