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The Library at The Public

425 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10003-7021
+1 212-539-8777
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (7 reviews)
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425 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10003-7021
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here with a relative who works in the theatre. We came here after seeing a play next door at the Public Theater. This is a high end restaurant. My husband and I split a salad of roasted beets, apples,...More

Thank LynnCactusWren
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area around Astor Place always feels alive with activity, thanks to all the bars and restaurants - so we were very excited about The Library at the Public. Unfortunately, although the staff were friendly and attentive, the food was purely average and overpriced. My...More

Thank MikePMD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I decided to have a drink at their bar after a performance at the Public Theater. Ordered a glass of red wine and it arrived in a dirty glass, crusted with some sort of white stuff on the inside. I showed it...More

Thank IleneA
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We had one of our favorite meals in recent memory. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented. How wonderful to have such a great restaurant at The Public Theater. We will be back!

Thank 999Bruce
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Elegant setting, good service, limited and overpriced menu but served very well. Good choice if you're in the neighborhood or visiting the Public Theater

Thank T2887ZMfreds
Reviewed March 16, 2018

Don’t order the chicken. It is bland and tasteless. The cavitelli was very good, but arrived 15 minutes after one of us served the chicken. They will not substitute a side, even if it’s something you can‘t eat. Pleasant setting, but a bit overpriced for...More

Reviewed March 6, 2018

Such a pretty restaurant. Perfect for pre-theater dining and a birthday celebration, though keep track of time, as we nearly missed curtain time upstairs!!!!!!! Would be nice if server kept closer tabs on that when he/she knows you are going to a show. The winter-green...More

Thank misplacedNewYorker
Reviewed March 5, 2018

We regularly have dinner at The Library when seeing a show at The Public Theatre. The Steak Frite is wonderful, as is the cauliflower cassoulet, a wonderful vegetarian option on the menu. Cocktails are also excellent. And, there's a 10% discount if you attend a...More

Thank JayBS661
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Yes, we know that we have written before but we just returned and had to say that it keeps getting better. The staff are super - and with a good sense of humor - and the food is superb. The best buy in town for...More

Thank Walter f
Reviewed November 15, 2017

The Library has a very pleasant, cozy atmosphere and a varied menu. We arrived early and were asked if we were members or going to a show. We were going to a show, and so got a discount on our bill - if you're a...More

Thank DAPJr112
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Merrie D
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Response from Walter f | Reviewed this property |
Carolyn F has it right - the only things I would add relate to a new chef from last fall and an improvement in the dishes - not so much a complete revisions as many of the dishes sound the same but they taste differently... More
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
5:30 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 Lafayette St, New York City, NY 10003-7021
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Noho
  • Neighborhood: Noho
  • Phone Number: +1 212-539-8777
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