Public

★★★★☆
  • 210 Elizabeth Street

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 212-343-7011

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The food wasn't anything special. I expected much better based on their prices.
But the service was horrible.
We made a reservation, and when we arrived (on time), we still had to wait 20 minutes, even though half the place was empty.
The

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★★★★★

The food wasn't anything special. I expected much better based on their prices.
But the service was horrible.
We made a reservation, and when we arrived (on time), we still had to wait 20 minutes, even though half the place was empty.
The

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I waited with a date 40 minutes despite having a reservation and no concession was made except a very glib "too bad you had to wait." The food did not impress and was overpriced for the quality. I will not be returning.

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★★★★★

I waited with a date 40 minutes despite having a reservation and no concession was made except a very glib "too bad you had to wait." The food did not impress and was overpriced for the quality. I will not be returning.

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What a treasure! I became familiar with Chef Farmarie after seeing him on the Food Network and was anxious to try this restaurant. On a recent NY Jaunt, I met with up with 5 friends for dinner at this chic establishment on Elizabeth St. in Soho. We were running uber late but the staff was so friendly and did their best to have us seated in a timely fashion once we did finally arrive. Boy was it worth the wait. I had the scallops to start, simply delishious and then the venisson as a plat principal and again, perfection: Perfectly cooked with just the right gameyness. I tasted a bit of my friend's lamb and it was great. Everything I tasted at the table was a little piece of heaven.

For dessert I had the coconut pudding cake with passion fruit sorbet and it was perfectly light and refreshing.

Our waitor was friendly, knowledgeable but not annoyingly so.

It was a lovely evening! I 100% recommend!

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★★★★★

What a treasure! I became familiar with Chef Farmarie after seeing him on the Food Network and was anxious to try this restaurant. On a recent NY Jaunt, I met with up with 5 friends for dinner at this chic establishment on Elizabeth St. in Soho. We were running uber late but the staff was so friendly and did their best to have us seated in a timely fashion once we did finally arrive. Boy was it worth the wait. I had the scallops to start, simply delishious and then the venisson as a plat principal and again, perfection: Perfectly cooked with just the right gameyness. I tasted a bit of my friend's lamb and it was great. Everything I tasted at the table was a little piece of heaven.

For dessert I had the coconut pudding cake with passion fruit sorbet and it was perfectly light and refreshing.

Our waitor was friendly, knowledgeable but not annoyingly so.

It was a lovely evening! I 100% recommend!

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We had no reservations, but the lovely (not) hostesses, were awful. They said we could wait in their main bar or front bar. When we asked where the front bar was, she did not know left from right. She kept pointing to an empty space behind her with no entrance. Brilliant. Then one of them came to let us know our table was ready. We followed the hostess, she sat us and then said that table was for another party. Then they went to sit us at a dirty table, finally we were sat in the bar area. Extremely noisy. Our waiter was very good and thank goodness for that. The fois gras was good not the best but it was good. The Tasmanian Trout was good, but the 2 scallop appetizer was gritty with sand. The edamame was perfection. Ha... With the great places in NY, I probably won't be going back for dinner there, but it is a good place to meet friends and get a drink.

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★★☆☆☆

We had no reservations, but the lovely (not) hostesses, were awful. They said we could wait in their main bar or front bar. When we asked where the front bar was, she did not know left from right. She kept pointing to an empty space behind her with no entrance. Brilliant. Then one of them came to let us know our table was ready. We followed the hostess, she sat us and then said that table was for another party. Then they went to sit us at a dirty table, finally we were sat in the bar area. Extremely noisy. Our waiter was very good and thank goodness for that. The fois gras was good not the best but it was good. The Tasmanian Trout was good, but the 2 scallop appetizer was gritty with sand. The edamame was perfection. Ha... With the great places in NY, I probably won't be going back for dinner there, but it is a good place to meet friends and get a drink.

Pros: Decor, Some Food, Wine/drink selections

Cons: Hostess Staff, Some Food

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This is probably the most expensive meal we've ever had and worth every penny! The service, ambiance, food, etc. were all amazing. We had several wait staffs serving us and explaining to us the details of the dish. Just knowing how it was prepared and the chef's inspiration for the dish made it that more tasty. Can't say this place will become a regular occurance (unless I win the lotto) but the next time I get a huge bonus or something we'll be back.

2
★★★★☆

This is probably the most expensive meal we've ever had and worth every penny! The service, ambiance, food, etc. were all amazing. We had several wait staffs serving us and explaining to us the details of the dish. Just knowing how it was prepared and the chef's inspiration for the dish made it that more tasty. Can't say this place will become a regular occurance (unless I win the lotto) but the next time I get a huge bonus or something we'll be back.

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Went here on a friday night recently with a party of 6 and we had an amazing dinner. Service was great and food was even better. Atmosphere was lively but we could still hear each other talk. Sticky toffee pudding dessert was the best!!!! Highly recommended!!!!

2
★★★★★

Went here on a friday night recently with a party of 6 and we had an amazing dinner. Service was great and food was even better. Atmosphere was lively but we could still hear each other talk. Sticky toffee pudding dessert was the best!!!! Highly recommended!!!!

Pros: great food, service, atmosphere

Cons: none

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I had a great time here. I came for brunch with a friend on a Saturday around 11:45, and we were immediately given a table. Around 12:30-1pm there was a line of people waiting for tables. I ordered the coconut pancakes ($11) which while good, weren't great. My friend, however, ordered the Banana Stuff French Toast ($11) and it was amazing. They also had a good selection of scones or muffins to choose from, but I didn't pay the extra money to try it. But they did look tasty (they have it sitting out buffet style). Our waiter was really nice, and not pushy considering it started to rain and my friend and I lingered over our coffees so we wouldn't have to get drenched! A nice brunch spot that serves more than the usual fare with friendly service - something that can be hard to find in Soho!

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★★★★☆

I had a great time here. I came for brunch with a friend on a Saturday around 11:45, and we were immediately given a table. Around 12:30-1pm there was a line of people waiting for tables. I ordered the coconut pancakes ($11) which while good, weren't great. My friend, however, ordered the Banana Stuff French Toast ($11) and it was amazing. They also had a good selection of scones or muffins to choose from, but I didn't pay the extra money to try it. But they did look tasty (they have it sitting out buffet style). Our waiter was really nice, and not pushy considering it started to rain and my friend and I lingered over our coffees so we wouldn't have to get drenched! A nice brunch spot that serves more than the usual fare with friendly service - something that can be hard to find in Soho!

Pros: Service, food, decor

Cons: A little pricey

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We love Public! Fab wine list, really wonderful unusual flavors and menu, informative staff....when you go be sure to book and ask for a table outside - the two-top at the front is FAB but good luck if you can snag it.

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★★★★☆

We love Public! Fab wine list, really wonderful unusual flavors and menu, informative staff....when you go be sure to book and ask for a table outside - the two-top at the front is FAB but good luck if you can snag it.

Pros: Excellent sceney place, really good for a special occasion or if you feel like a splurge

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I had brunch there today with my fiance. The food was OK, but Public does not deserve the good reputation it has. I would DEFINITELY avoid this place for brunch. The service was very unattentive. I expected much better. For example, our waitress visited our table maybe 4 times over the course of the entire meal. I find this unacceptable, because I had to flag her down for more water and coffee.

As for the food, my fiance's dish, the french toast, was good, not great. I wish they had not put the syrup on before serving. You can find equal or better for less. The coffee is $4. Really? Most dishes are between $10-$15, which is fine, but $4 for coffee? And they don't explicitly put that on the brunch menu, they "hide" it in the drinks menu. So, if you are having brunch, no coffee, I think the prices are fine, but if you are having coffee, the place is overpriced. Serving sizes are also on the small side. Brunch is the only meal I really appreciate larger serving sizes, so maybe I'm being too picky, but don't expect a lot of food.

BTW - My VENISON HAMBURGER was TERRIBLE. I am not that picky of an eater, but I did not finish even a 1/3 of the meal. On top of that, the waitress, when she cleared our table, didn't ask why I didn't finish the meal. Is this supposed to be a good brunch place? Seriously? The decor is nice, but the music is a bit too loud. I felt like I had to semi-shout to be heard and I was often straining to hear what my fiance was saying.

It reminds me of a place people might take a date or out-of-towners. Avoid it for brunch if you can.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had brunch there today with my fiance. The food was OK, but Public does not deserve the good reputation it has. I would DEFINITELY avoid this place for brunch. The service was very unattentive. I expected much better. For example, our waitress visited our table maybe 4 times over the course of the entire meal. I find this unacceptable, because I had to flag her down for more water and coffee.

As for the food, my fiance's dish, the french toast, was good, not great. I wish they had not put the syrup on before serving. You can find equal or better for less. The coffee is $4. Really? Most dishes are between $10-$15, which is fine, but $4 for coffee? And they don't explicitly put that on the brunch menu, they "hide" it in the drinks menu. So, if you are having brunch, no coffee, I think the prices are fine, but if you are having coffee, the place is overpriced. Serving sizes are also on the small side. Brunch is the only meal I really appreciate larger serving sizes, so maybe I'm being too picky, but don't expect a lot of food.

BTW - My VENISON HAMBURGER was TERRIBLE. I am not that picky of an eater, but I did not finish even a 1/3 of the meal. On top of that, the waitress, when she cleared our table, didn't ask why I didn't finish the meal. Is this supposed to be a good brunch place? Seriously? The decor is nice, but the music is a bit too loud. I felt like I had to semi-shout to be heard and I was often straining to hear what my fiance was saying.

It reminds me of a place people might take a date or out-of-towners. Avoid it for brunch if you can.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Value, service, food

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Had dinner at Public on Thursday, and I have to say it's the best restaurant experience I've had in a while. I'd been there for brunch before, and I always liked the space (very unique and industrial) but I'm not one to go gaga over brunch so it didn't leave much of an impression. Finally took a friend for dinner, and I fell for it. Started at the bar for a drink. My friend had a hot toddy that was made with port (thumbs up) and I ordered an unfiltered sake on the bartender's recommendation (very good, interesting). The hostess came over to seat us, but we were having a good time and decided to eat at the bar (great bar for dining, very comfortable with a good view of the cool space). Started with incredible fried oysters and kangaroo (try it!), both of which I'd go back for. Had the cod and venison for the main course, both very good. Chocolate plate for dessert had some very unusual chocolates (one with curry was my favorite). Shared a bottle of shiraz for $50 that was delicious and a pretty good value I thought. Tab wasn't cheap, but this isn't exactly a hole in the wall, you expect to pay more for the cool digs. Also it's really loud (high ceilings, hard surfaces) but that's really all I can say that's negative. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

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★★★★★

Had dinner at Public on Thursday, and I have to say it's the best restaurant experience I've had in a while. I'd been there for brunch before, and I always liked the space (very unique and industrial) but I'm not one to go gaga over brunch so it didn't leave much of an impression. Finally took a friend for dinner, and I fell for it. Started at the bar for a drink. My friend had a hot toddy that was made with port (thumbs up) and I ordered an unfiltered sake on the bartender's recommendation (very good, interesting). The hostess came over to seat us, but we were having a good time and decided to eat at the bar (great bar for dining, very comfortable with a good view of the cool space). Started with incredible fried oysters and kangaroo (try it!), both of which I'd go back for. Had the cod and venison for the main course, both very good. Chocolate plate for dessert had some very unusual chocolates (one with curry was my favorite). Shared a bottle of shiraz for $50 that was delicious and a pretty good value I thought. Tab wasn't cheap, but this isn't exactly a hole in the wall, you expect to pay more for the cool digs. Also it's really loud (high ceilings, hard surfaces) but that's really all I can say that's negative. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

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Hated it, don't go here. Trendy is one thing, but when the food is SO bad that I cannot finish my meal..PASS. There are plenty of trendy cool places in NYC, find something cool but also delicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

Hated it, don't go here. Trendy is one thing, but when the food is SO bad that I cannot finish my meal..PASS. There are plenty of trendy cool places in NYC, find something cool but also delicious.

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AFTER OVER TWO YEARS OF TRYING TO GET TO PUBLIC - I HAD A DATE THERE LAST WEEK. WENT TO THE BAR FIRST FOR A FEW OF THEIR SPECIAL COCKTAILS - THE CUCUMBER AND ELDERFLOWER COCKTAIL WAS SIMPLE YET OUTSTANDING , SO TOO WAS THE MANGO / VANILLA MOJITO.
DINNER WAS FANTASTIC - HAD THE SCALLOPS AND THE LENTIL SALAD - YUM!!!! FOR OUR MAIN WE HAD THE PUMPKIN CURRY AND ALSO THE COD - WONDERFUL! SERVICE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE ALL NIGHT. ATMOSPHERE IS KILLER IN THE DOWNSTAIRS SECTION THAT MAKES IT PERFECT FOR A PERFECT DATE! 10 OUT OF 10 TO PUBLIC!

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★★★★★

AFTER OVER TWO YEARS OF TRYING TO GET TO PUBLIC - I HAD A DATE THERE LAST WEEK. WENT TO THE BAR FIRST FOR A FEW OF THEIR SPECIAL COCKTAILS - THE CUCUMBER AND ELDERFLOWER COCKTAIL WAS SIMPLE YET OUTSTANDING , SO TOO WAS THE MANGO / VANILLA MOJITO.
DINNER WAS FANTASTIC - HAD THE SCALLOPS AND THE LENTIL SALAD - YUM!!!! FOR OUR MAIN WE HAD THE PUMPKIN CURRY AND ALSO THE COD - WONDERFUL! SERVICE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE ALL NIGHT. ATMOSPHERE IS KILLER IN THE DOWNSTAIRS SECTION THAT MAKES IT PERFECT FOR A PERFECT DATE! 10 OUT OF 10 TO PUBLIC!

Pros: COCKTAILS, SERVICE AND VENUE

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A friend and I went to this trendy Nolita spot on Saturday night. The neighborhood was buzzing and this was one of the places to be seen. The atmosphere is minimalist chic, with a downtown hard edge. The space is an amalgam of textures with low lighting, metal bar stools,stone walls and buttery leather banquettes. We stopped at the bar first for a Clear Ginger Cosmopolitan, which sounded so much better than it tasted, although it wasn't undrinkable. And the caramelized ginger garnish made for fresh breath the whole night!

The hostess called us to our table at our exact reservation time, which was appreciated. Waiter Nick was friendly and efficient, answering questions and making recommendations with ease. The menu is quite interesting - from cured wild boar and grilled kangaroo appetizers to venison loin and snail and oxtail ravioli entrees and sticky toffee pudding and chocolate chili mousse for dessert We each had an appetizer, entree and dessert and everything was tasty and filling. The bill before tip was $112 (without any liquor) - surprisingly affordable for a night out in one of Manhattan's trendiest spots.

One complaint I had - was that the restaurant was HOT - literally. There is an open-air space in the front of the restaurant and it was a very hot, muggy night. It was impossible for the air conditioning to keep the place cool - if indeed there was any air conditioning. If Public continues to use the open air space throughout the hot Summer months, I would stay far FAR away. I spent a good part of the evening complaing about how much I was sweating and wishing I could pull my hair up off my neck. I don't know how the waiters, in their all-black dress shirts and slacks managed. My recommendation is to go on a cool night, or wait until the Fall.

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★★★★☆

A friend and I went to this trendy Nolita spot on Saturday night. The neighborhood was buzzing and this was one of the places to be seen. The atmosphere is minimalist chic, with a downtown hard edge. The space is an amalgam of textures with low lighting, metal bar stools,stone walls and buttery leather banquettes. We stopped at the bar first for a Clear Ginger Cosmopolitan, which sounded so much better than it tasted, although it wasn't undrinkable. And the caramelized ginger garnish made for fresh breath the whole night!

The hostess called us to our table at our exact reservation time, which was appreciated. Waiter Nick was friendly and efficient, answering questions and making recommendations with ease. The menu is quite interesting - from cured wild boar and grilled kangaroo appetizers to venison loin and snail and oxtail ravioli entrees and sticky toffee pudding and chocolate chili mousse for dessert We each had an appetizer, entree and dessert and everything was tasty and filling. The bill before tip was $112 (without any liquor) - surprisingly affordable for a night out in one of Manhattan's trendiest spots.

One complaint I had - was that the restaurant was HOT - literally. There is an open-air space in the front of the restaurant and it was a very hot, muggy night. It was impossible for the air conditioning to keep the place cool - if indeed there was any air conditioning. If Public continues to use the open air space throughout the hot Summer months, I would stay far FAR away. I spent a good part of the evening complaing about how much I was sweating and wishing I could pull my hair up off my neck. I don't know how the waiters, in their all-black dress shirts and slacks managed. My recommendation is to go on a cool night, or wait until the Fall.

Pros: great atmosphere, good food, trendy and hip

Cons: Too hot inside the place

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Been meaning to go to PUBLIC now for the last year and went for a friend's dinner party on Friday night - can't wait to go back - the space itself is so warm and elegant, the cocktails were incredible - try the ginger martini - the service was super friendly and food was top notch - get the scallops and the prawns. Overall was very impressed by PUBLIC and it's fun atmosphere too!

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★★★★★

Been meaning to go to PUBLIC now for the last year and went for a friend's dinner party on Friday night - can't wait to go back - the space itself is so warm and elegant, the cocktails were incredible - try the ginger martini - the service was super friendly and food was top notch - get the scallops and the prawns. Overall was very impressed by PUBLIC and it's fun atmosphere too!

Pros: cocktails, food, service

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Had a great brunch at Public this weekend - loved the Turkish Eggs! The Bloody Mary's are without a doubt the best in the city - the cracked pepper and sea salt rim with cilantro makes it hard to have just the one!

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★★★★★

Had a great brunch at Public this weekend - loved the Turkish Eggs! The Bloody Mary's are without a doubt the best in the city - the cracked pepper and sea salt rim with cilantro makes it hard to have just the one!

Pros: brunch, bloody marys, service, value for money

Cons: long wait for tables

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Haven't read the other reviews here, but I'm sure they say the same thing: spectacular space, mediocre food. Mostly older, design-savvy crowd which is nice if you're trying to avoid the 20-something hipster set.

Overall, I recommend with a bit of hesitation. Sit at the bar for post-movie cocktail. Unless you're a martini fan - mine was undrinkable. Brunch is ok here - nothing special, but nothing to complain about either. Solidly mediocre.

1
★★★☆☆

Haven't read the other reviews here, but I'm sure they say the same thing: spectacular space, mediocre food. Mostly older, design-savvy crowd which is nice if you're trying to avoid the 20-something hipster set.

Overall, I recommend with a bit of hesitation. Sit at the bar for post-movie cocktail. Unless you're a martini fan - mine was undrinkable. Brunch is ok here - nothing special, but nothing to complain about either. Solidly mediocre.

Pros: Gorgeously designed space

Cons: Mediocre food, long waits, aloof service

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February 25, 2007

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!
Have to say this was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had since living in New York City. As a foodie, this restaurant offers everything you could desire, friendly and attentive staff. A creative menu, the snail & oxtail ravioli was an unexpected combination but the fusion of flavors titilated the palatte in a way hard to describe. The wine list was extremely focused and offered a strong "supporting cast" to the meal. My friends who have dined in some of the top restaurants around the world, rated it as one of the top 10 restaurants they have ever eaten at. Don't think twice about Public, you are sure to have an exquisite evening!

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★★★★★

February 25, 2007

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!
Have to say this was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had since living in New York City. As a foodie, this restaurant offers everything you could desire, friendly and attentive staff. A creative menu, the snail & oxtail ravioli was an unexpected combination but the fusion of flavors titilated the palatte in a way hard to describe. The wine list was extremely focused and offered a strong "supporting cast" to the meal. My friends who have dined in some of the top restaurants around the world, rated it as one of the top 10 restaurants they have ever eaten at. Don't think twice about Public, you are sure to have an exquisite evening!

Pros: Incredible Evening

Cons: None

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Although I appreciated the design elements of this restaurant, which someone has obviously put a lot of thought and work into, every other aspect of this restaurant fell far short of my expectations (the music that plays in the entrance is a wonderful touch). The hostesses were etremely cold, and although we were slightly early for our reservation, they wouldn't let us get a drink at the bar for some mysterious reason, telling us that we had to wait in the foyer for our table. The menu is extremly difficult to understand, and instead of being patient, the waiter pushed us extremely hard to make our decisions as fast as we could. The only dish I liked was the dessert, so my compliments to the pastry chef.

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★★★☆☆

Although I appreciated the design elements of this restaurant, which someone has obviously put a lot of thought and work into, every other aspect of this restaurant fell far short of my expectations (the music that plays in the entrance is a wonderful touch). The hostesses were etremely cold, and although we were slightly early for our reservation, they wouldn't let us get a drink at the bar for some mysterious reason, telling us that we had to wait in the foyer for our table. The menu is extremly difficult to understand, and instead of being patient, the waiter pushed us extremely hard to make our decisions as fast as we could. The only dish I liked was the dessert, so my compliments to the pastry chef.

Pros: design, dessert

Cons: service, food

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I took my mom and a friend to this place on a weeknight, not really knowing what kind of food it was but hoping for the best. The design and ambience of the space is quite lovely, but the food wasn't my favorite. If you are into the exoctic and the expensive, this is your place. We were one of the two tables occupied in the whole place, but I have passed by on weekends and it always looks hoping with some fancy looking people. It is a very sceney place, and probably should be in the Meatpacking district as well, so if that isn't your scene, go somewhere else.
My favorite part was not the meal so much as the free soaps that lined the bathroom wall.

1
★★★☆☆

I took my mom and a friend to this place on a weeknight, not really knowing what kind of food it was but hoping for the best. The design and ambience of the space is quite lovely, but the food wasn't my favorite. If you are into the exoctic and the expensive, this is your place. We were one of the two tables occupied in the whole place, but I have passed by on weekends and it always looks hoping with some fancy looking people. It is a very sceney place, and probably should be in the Meatpacking district as well, so if that isn't your scene, go somewhere else.
My favorite part was not the meal so much as the free soaps that lined the bathroom wall.

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Went to Public on a date (her choice) and loved everything about it (the date and the restaurant). The food was excellent- must try the scallops and the laksa, as well as the duck main entree. The service was very good-Knowledgable, professional and attentive. The room was beautiful. I will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

Went to Public on a date (her choice) and loved everything about it (the date and the restaurant). The food was excellent- must try the scallops and the laksa, as well as the duck main entree. The service was very good-Knowledgable, professional and attentive. The room was beautiful. I will definitely be back!

Pros: food, ambiance, decor and service

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Great atmosphere. Nice trendy scene. Good Service.
Interesting menu although not a lot of options. All of the 4 different appetizers and entrees we ordered can be rated as very good. Don't be afraid to try the Venison and Kangaroo, options which you don't find around the corner.
Try to avoid the tables next to the bar as when it gets crowded, the seat facing it will have a lot of bumps on the road.
Smokers are happy to find they have a small section outside of the restaurant (NOT the street) where they can take their drink and have a nicotine fix.

2
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere. Nice trendy scene. Good Service.
Interesting menu although not a lot of options. All of the 4 different appetizers and entrees we ordered can be rated as very good. Don't be afraid to try the Venison and Kangaroo, options which you don't find around the corner.
Try to avoid the tables next to the bar as when it gets crowded, the seat facing it will have a lot of bumps on the road.
Smokers are happy to find they have a small section outside of the restaurant (NOT the street) where they can take their drink and have a nicotine fix.

Pros: Ambience, Food

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superb food, great martinis, pretty people, cool place, the fire place in the back is a nice hideaway... my husband took me here on one of our very first dates and i still remember every bite, every sip, every word... we go back every now and then and we are never disappointed!

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★★★★★

superb food, great martinis, pretty people, cool place, the fire place in the back is a nice hideaway... my husband took me here on one of our very first dates and i still remember every bite, every sip, every word... we go back every now and then and we are never disappointed!

Pros: superb food, awesome martinis

Cons: pricey

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I have been going to Public for brunch and dinner for the past two years and when I take when I all my friends / dates / family there they are hooked. The lighting is perfect as it creates such a warm feeling the staff are so friendly and knowledgably and nothing is a problem. The cocktails are always fresh, innovate and elegant - my must is the Ginger Cosmo or the Bloody Mary (for brunch) is to die for. The food is very creative - love the scallops and the kangaroo and for the main the pumpkin curry, the venison or the lamb. Portions are not overly huge and it can be a bit busy but it all adds to the special spark that Public has maintained for the past two years that I have been going there for.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Public for brunch and dinner for the past two years and when I take when I all my friends / dates / family there they are hooked. The lighting is perfect as it creates such a warm feeling the staff are so friendly and knowledgably and nothing is a problem. The cocktails are always fresh, innovate and elegant - my must is the Ginger Cosmo or the Bloody Mary (for brunch) is to die for. The food is very creative - love the scallops and the kangaroo and for the main the pumpkin curry, the venison or the lamb. Portions are not overly huge and it can be a bit busy but it all adds to the special spark that Public has maintained for the past two years that I have been going there for.

Pros: staff, cocktails, food

Cons: very busy

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I am writing this review based on a visit I had a couple of months ago. I went to Public with my girlfriend and Grandparents (who are quite hip for grandparents) to this NoLita spot based on some recommendations by some friends of mine. We were promptly seated and handed menus and wine list right away. They have a nice selection of wines, mostly from Australia and New Zealand. The scene is loud and young and the interior is well designed. I had the scallops as an appetizer and the NZ Venison as a Main. The Scallops were amazing. Great texture and very fresh. The venison was out of this world. It was cooked perfectly rare and sliced into medallions. Presentation was awesome and portions were good. Everyone was very pleased with their meals especially my Grandparents. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. Also, if you can get there for brunch, the pepper-rimmed bloody mary's will shake than hangover off in no time.....

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★★★★★

I am writing this review based on a visit I had a couple of months ago. I went to Public with my girlfriend and Grandparents (who are quite hip for grandparents) to this NoLita spot based on some recommendations by some friends of mine. We were promptly seated and handed menus and wine list right away. They have a nice selection of wines, mostly from Australia and New Zealand. The scene is loud and young and the interior is well designed. I had the scallops as an appetizer and the NZ Venison as a Main. The Scallops were amazing. Great texture and very fresh. The venison was out of this world. It was cooked perfectly rare and sliced into medallions. Presentation was awesome and portions were good. Everyone was very pleased with their meals especially my Grandparents. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. Also, if you can get there for brunch, the pepper-rimmed bloody mary's will shake than hangover off in no time.....

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: None

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Could not get a table there last weekend so my date and I sat at the bar - it was the best place to be. The bartenders were extremely friendly and wowed us with their Ginger Martini and the Guava and Spice Margarita (both a must). We ate the laksa noodle soup - divine and also the cod - still craving it. The service was impeccable and we had some interesting yet wonderful wines by the glass. Can be a bit noisy but definitely added to the atmosphere. If you go next time and can't get a table - give the bar a go - you'll never want to eat at a table again!

1
★★★☆☆

Could not get a table there last weekend so my date and I sat at the bar - it was the best place to be. The bartenders were extremely friendly and wowed us with their Ginger Martini and the Guava and Spice Margarita (both a must). We ate the laksa noodle soup - divine and also the cod - still craving it. The service was impeccable and we had some interesting yet wonderful wines by the glass. Can be a bit noisy but definitely added to the atmosphere. If you go next time and can't get a table - give the bar a go - you'll never want to eat at a table again!

Pros: cocktails, service, food, wines by glass

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... its a good time. I haven't been when it's not crowded, which is a + I guess. If you're seated in the lower area - watch your back, the bar area gets very crowded and difficult to maneuver en route to the bathrooms; which by the way are pretty cool, just make sure the door is locked. The cordoned off area is a bit quieter and closer to seperate, less crowded bathrooms. The food is "game" - boyfriend really enjoyed the kangaroo appetizer. I've had all the fish based choices & can't complain. The menu is limited, so while a standard in our restaurant go-to's, it gets less frequency than others.

2
★★★★☆

... its a good time. I haven't been when it's not crowded, which is a + I guess. If you're seated in the lower area - watch your back, the bar area gets very crowded and difficult to maneuver en route to the bathrooms; which by the way are pretty cool, just make sure the door is locked. The cordoned off area is a bit quieter and closer to seperate, less crowded bathrooms. The food is "game" - boyfriend really enjoyed the kangaroo appetizer. I've had all the fish based choices & can't complain. The menu is limited, so while a standard in our restaurant go-to's, it gets less frequency than others.

Pros: Unique "Game-meat" offerings

Cons: Noisey

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I've been coming here for a while but was pleasantly surprised again when a friend and i went to brunch. recently very simple, good quality grilled chorizo with avocado salad, ambience is still lovely, and very attentive, kind bartender. i often forget about this place but never disappoints. still highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I've been coming here for a while but was pleasantly surprised again when a friend and i went to brunch. recently very simple, good quality grilled chorizo with avocado salad, ambience is still lovely, and very attentive, kind bartender. i often forget about this place but never disappoints. still highly recommended.

Pros: service, food, surroundings

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Loved the wasabi mashed potatoes!! I would go back just for them. I must say the only thing my boyfriend and i had a problem with was we had made reservations but they made us wait for at least an hour until we were seated! We were getting a little upset. By that time we had already downed 2 drinks. However, they did make it up to us by giving us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne and a bowl of edamame. The food made up for it as well.

2
★★★★☆

Loved the wasabi mashed potatoes!! I would go back just for them. I must say the only thing my boyfriend and i had a problem with was we had made reservations but they made us wait for at least an hour until we were seated! We were getting a little upset. By that time we had already downed 2 drinks. However, they did make it up to us by giving us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne and a bowl of edamame. The food made up for it as well.

Pros: drinks, food, atmosphere

Cons: wait for seating

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I came here for an early dinner with a friend. We were seated right away at a great table and the service was friendly enough. The space is lovely. It's has an open and airy feel. It's trendy, but not obnoxiously so. The crowd is attractive and appreciate not only the hottest spots, but a high end meal. The food was delicious and the menu creative. My only complaint was the size of the portions. I'm accustomed to fine dining and don't expect TGI Friday style dinners by any means, but this was ridiculous, especially considering the above average price. Luckily enough the taste almost completely made up for it. Definitely worth checking out, even if it's only for a drink.

2
★★★★☆

I came here for an early dinner with a friend. We were seated right away at a great table and the service was friendly enough. The space is lovely. It's has an open and airy feel. It's trendy, but not obnoxiously so. The crowd is attractive and appreciate not only the hottest spots, but a high end meal. The food was delicious and the menu creative. My only complaint was the size of the portions. I'm accustomed to fine dining and don't expect TGI Friday style dinners by any means, but this was ridiculous, especially considering the above average price. Luckily enough the taste almost completely made up for it. Definitely worth checking out, even if it's only for a drink.

Pros: food, ambiance, crowd

Cons: price

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Went there this past Saturday for a dinner with my fiancee celebrating her B-Day. The food was a bit different which was a nice change of pace from the zillion pan asian resturants in the city. While the food was different, it was definatly tasty. I had the prawns and they were large and fresh, served with a tasty tange of a sauce. The desserts were really good, and again different. Try the toffy choc mousse, it was superb. The atmosphere and decor of the place was above trendy nyc par for the course. The location of the place didnt suggest such a great spot and parking is tighter than a fat womens shoe, and overall I would rate this place a 9.2

2
★★★★★

Went there this past Saturday for a dinner with my fiancee celebrating her B-Day. The food was a bit different which was a nice change of pace from the zillion pan asian resturants in the city. While the food was different, it was definatly tasty. I had the prawns and they were large and fresh, served with a tasty tange of a sauce. The desserts were really good, and again different. Try the toffy choc mousse, it was superb. The atmosphere and decor of the place was above trendy nyc par for the course. The location of the place didnt suggest such a great spot and parking is tighter than a fat womens shoe, and overall I would rate this place a 9.2

Pros: Trendy, Good Food great drinks

Cons: Pricey

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I had been hearing about public for a while now from my friends but it never sounded something that was my kind of place well I was wrong! Went to the bar on Saturday night and had an outstanding meal. The place itself had a wonderful, warm & fun ambience. The bar staff was very inviting and the pineapple and mango mojito was sensational. The variety of wines by the glass was really interesting and unique thanks for a great night public (and date)! If you go get the scallops and the venison.

2
★★★★★

I had been hearing about public for a while now from my friends but it never sounded something that was my kind of place well I was wrong! Went to the bar on Saturday night and had an outstanding meal. The place itself had a wonderful, warm & fun ambience. The bar staff was very inviting and the pineapple and mango mojito was sensational. The variety of wines by the glass was really interesting and unique thanks for a great night public (and date)! If you go get the scallops and the venison.

Pros: cocktail, wines by the glass, service

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Public is truly a gem consideing its off-beat menu with unexpected surpises in every plate. I started with the kangeroo appetizer which was so delicately prepared it melted in my mouth. For the entree I tried the sea tout (very similar to salmon) which was also beautifully presented. The bill for 2 people with a glass of wine each, came to $122. That's a bargain in NYC!

2
★★★★☆

Public is truly a gem consideing its off-beat menu with unexpected surpises in every plate. I started with the kangeroo appetizer which was so delicately prepared it melted in my mouth. For the entree I tried the sea tout (very similar to salmon) which was also beautifully presented. The bill for 2 people with a glass of wine each, came to $122. That's a bargain in NYC!

Pros: Faily priced considering the spectacular menu.

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I am loving Public right now. I have been a few times (once for brunch, three times for dinner) and every time it blows me away. Last night I brought 2 friends who had never been and they agreed with me: the room is beautiful, sort of industrial but still cozy with fantastic lighting. The waitstaff is always so nice and very knowledgeable. And the food is delicious. We shared the oysters, fois gras and scallops to start and they were all so good we were fighting over the last bites. For a main course we had the duck, venison and a vegetarian dish with pumpkin and we loved it. We were too full for dessert but we wanted a little something sweet, so the waitress recommended that we get the plate of chocolates to share, which was a perfect choice... six little truffles to finish off the meal (I liked the salted peanut chocolate the best). I read some negative reviews on Citysearch and I have to say I've never had less than a great experience. I will keep going back and bringing friends!

2
★★★★★

I am loving Public right now. I have been a few times (once for brunch, three times for dinner) and every time it blows me away. Last night I brought 2 friends who had never been and they agreed with me: the room is beautiful, sort of industrial but still cozy with fantastic lighting. The waitstaff is always so nice and very knowledgeable. And the food is delicious. We shared the oysters, fois gras and scallops to start and they were all so good we were fighting over the last bites. For a main course we had the duck, venison and a vegetarian dish with pumpkin and we loved it. We were too full for dessert but we wanted a little something sweet, so the waitress recommended that we get the plate of chocolates to share, which was a perfect choice... six little truffles to finish off the meal (I liked the salted peanut chocolate the best). I read some negative reviews on Citysearch and I have to say I've never had less than a great experience. I will keep going back and bringing friends!

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We had a birthday dinner last night at Public. Had been once before and decided it would be good to go back for dinner. The waitress started off very knowledgeable and attentive. Once we received our appetizers we never saw her again. We had ordered a bottle of wine and would have had another if there was someone around to order it from. The apps were very tasteful but the entrees were poor at best. I had the lamb. There couldnt have been more than 2 ounces on my plate accompanied with jimmy dean sausage of sorts. I am a small person so I dont require a lot of food but this was ridiculous. Our entrees also took over 40 minutes with no apology from anyone. We saw other tables looking around too. We decided to skip dessert b/c we were so annoyed and she dropped the check with our entree plates still on the table. HORRENDOUS!!!

1
★★☆☆☆

We had a birthday dinner last night at Public. Had been once before and decided it would be good to go back for dinner. The waitress started off very knowledgeable and attentive. Once we received our appetizers we never saw her again. We had ordered a bottle of wine and would have had another if there was someone around to order it from. The apps were very tasteful but the entrees were poor at best. I had the lamb. There couldnt have been more than 2 ounces on my plate accompanied with jimmy dean sausage of sorts. I am a small person so I dont require a lot of food but this was ridiculous. Our entrees also took over 40 minutes with no apology from anyone. We saw other tables looking around too. We decided to skip dessert b/c we were so annoyed and she dropped the check with our entree plates still on the table. HORRENDOUS!!!

Cons: service, attitude, food

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Public, to thee I pledge eternal love. You are the coolest restaurant I know, with the most impressive ambience, the best martinis, the most fantastic scallops and Hokey Pokey ice cream, and the even more delicious bartenders. I love you for brunch, I adore you for dinner, I swoon for you over late-night cocktails. Even my Mom loves you! Dear Public, keep feeding me that crazy fusion food, and my devotion for you will never die.

2
★★★★★

Public, to thee I pledge eternal love. You are the coolest restaurant I know, with the most impressive ambience, the best martinis, the most fantastic scallops and Hokey Pokey ice cream, and the even more delicious bartenders. I love you for brunch, I adore you for dinner, I swoon for you over late-night cocktails. Even my Mom loves you! Dear Public, keep feeding me that crazy fusion food, and my devotion for you will never die.

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I love this place. Everytime i go, i leave happier than the time before. The food is delicious and different . I recently went on a first date and had some of the best serivce i have had in a long time in new york. Friendly, intelligent (and very good looking staff)!!! this is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in new york. Unfortunately the restaurant was much better than my date. At least i loved the food and service, my boring date couldnt ruin that! lol

2
★★★★★

I love this place. Everytime i go, i leave happier than the time before. The food is delicious and different . I recently went on a first date and had some of the best serivce i have had in a long time in new york. Friendly, intelligent (and very good looking staff)!!! this is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in new york. Unfortunately the restaurant was much better than my date. At least i loved the food and service, my boring date couldnt ruin that! lol

Pros: ambiance, food

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I always have a good time at Public....the staff knows how to treat guests and the food is delicious!

2
★★★★★

I always have a good time at Public....the staff knows how to treat guests and the food is delicious!

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Since Public opened 2 years ago, I have been a regular customer; I just can't help but return time and time again. The food is fantastic albeit bizzare (I took a chance on the grilled porkbelly with purple potato salad, yes that is really on the menu, and it was absolutely delicious). The servers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and when provoked, even willing to poke fun at the sometimes outrageous ingredients featured in some dishes. My favorites are the succulent grilled scallops (with the Gewurtzraminer by the glass!), white anchovies that melt in your mouth, and the fantastic New Zealand venison; one of the best cuts of meat I've ever had. For dessert, get the sinful warm toffee pudding. The bar can get pretty loud and crowded on the weekends but sometimes that just adds to the restaurant's appeal...You can tell they take their food and fun very seriously!

2
★★★★★

Since Public opened 2 years ago, I have been a regular customer; I just can't help but return time and time again. The food is fantastic albeit bizzare (I took a chance on the grilled porkbelly with purple potato salad, yes that is really on the menu, and it was absolutely delicious). The servers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and when provoked, even willing to poke fun at the sometimes outrageous ingredients featured in some dishes. My favorites are the succulent grilled scallops (with the Gewurtzraminer by the glass!), white anchovies that melt in your mouth, and the fantastic New Zealand venison; one of the best cuts of meat I've ever had. For dessert, get the sinful warm toffee pudding. The bar can get pretty loud and crowded on the weekends but sometimes that just adds to the restaurant's appeal...You can tell they take their food and fun very seriously!

Pros: Unique dishes, Attentive service, Fun crowd

Cons: Waiting for a table

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I have never been for such a delightful meal in my life. This place felt like home, so kind with such amazing and unique food. I tasted things I have never experienced before and the wine was also great. Nice recommendation from our server. Beautiful people too, but not too pretentious. Overall, highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

I have never been for such a delightful meal in my life. This place felt like home, so kind with such amazing and unique food. I tasted things I have never experienced before and the wine was also great. Nice recommendation from our server. Beautiful people too, but not too pretentious. Overall, highly recommended!

Pros: Food, Space, Service

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Public is a pretty unique setting, but a cool one at that, and with excellent service. Having said that, the food is very average at best, portions are terribly small ( we went for pizza after the main course + appetizer), and it's pricey. What saved the night? The hostess was great (seated us even though we were an hour late), our waitress was nice (came by all the time), and the wine was good. Of course, I have plenty of nice friends, and I'm quite certain I could purchase the wine myself, so there's really no reason to go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

Public is a pretty unique setting, but a cool one at that, and with excellent service. Having said that, the food is very average at best, portions are terribly small ( we went for pizza after the main course + appetizer), and it's pricey. What saved the night? The hostess was great (seated us even though we were an hour late), our waitress was nice (came by all the time), and the wine was good. Of course, I have plenty of nice friends, and I'm quite certain I could purchase the wine myself, so there's really no reason to go back.

Pros: Ambiance, Service, Wine

Cons: Food/Portions, Price

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if you are upto trying new things then this is the place for you! i truly enjoyed public along with 6 other friends. first we sat at the bar for a drink of lychee mojito (a must) then we were seated promptly. all throughout the night it was perfect. i loved the duck entree. delectable!

2
★★★★☆

if you are upto trying new things then this is the place for you! i truly enjoyed public along with 6 other friends. first we sat at the bar for a drink of lychee mojito (a must) then we were seated promptly. all throughout the night it was perfect. i loved the duck entree. delectable!

Pros: ambiance, service, food

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Try the pomegrante mojito! Take a bar of soap with the restaurant details. Sit all the way in the back overlooking the fireplace. This place is chic, yet not pretentious, with the exception of the hosts at the door and the coatroom. Menu is excellent and original. Service is impeccable and attentive. Good for a romantic date, a few friends getting together, or for showing tourists around to the glamour and beauty of NYC. Unique neighborhood and an unforgettable experience for the public.

2
★★★★★

Try the pomegrante mojito! Take a bar of soap with the restaurant details. Sit all the way in the back overlooking the fireplace. This place is chic, yet not pretentious, with the exception of the hosts at the door and the coatroom. Menu is excellent and original. Service is impeccable and attentive. Good for a romantic date, a few friends getting together, or for showing tourists around to the glamour and beauty of NYC. Unique neighborhood and an unforgettable experience for the public.

Pros: Decor, Pomegrante Mojito, Bathroom

Cons: Hosts at the Door, Coatroom staff, Price

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our server was attentive and very friendly -- that was the best part of the experience. check out the cocktail menu - it's innovative and fun. down side: the food, while tasty, comes in TINY portions and is way overpriced. if i were to return, i'd probably just sit at the bar for a few drinks.

1
★★★☆☆

our server was attentive and very friendly -- that was the best part of the experience. check out the cocktail menu - it's innovative and fun. down side: the food, while tasty, comes in TINY portions and is way overpriced. if i were to return, i'd probably just sit at the bar for a few drinks.

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Twice in a short period of time we came to Public for brunch at 3:10 to hear I am sorry, the kitchen is already closed. Their brunch hours are posted as 11:00-4:00 everywhere. We think that its simply disrespectful towards the customers to keep advertising certain hours but just close the kitchen whenever they feel like it. Keep this in mind before you go all the way over.

1
★★☆☆☆

Twice in a short period of time we came to Public for brunch at 3:10 to hear I am sorry, the kitchen is already closed. Their brunch hours are posted as 11:00-4:00 everywhere. We think that its simply disrespectful towards the customers to keep advertising certain hours but just close the kitchen whenever they feel like it. Keep this in mind before you go all the way over.

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I took my girlfriend here for dinner. The entrance was hard to find, but I'm glad we did. Inside we are greeted by very friendly hosts who promplty show you to your table. The main dining room is beautifully lit by candles which creates a very intimate atmosphere. The tables are a little too close together and you can hear everything the people next to you are talking about. Try not to sit next to two rednecks who feel cursing is an ancient mating call. Great place and I would definitely recommend it for dates.

2
★★★★★

I took my girlfriend here for dinner. The entrance was hard to find, but I'm glad we did. Inside we are greeted by very friendly hosts who promplty show you to your table. The main dining room is beautifully lit by candles which creates a very intimate atmosphere. The tables are a little too close together and you can hear everything the people next to you are talking about. Try not to sit next to two rednecks who feel cursing is an ancient mating call. Great place and I would definitely recommend it for dates.

Pros: Intimate, Friendly

Cons: Close to neighbors

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I've been coming here for years and each time it's been just as lovely. Whether you're there for the dining or simply for cocktails at the very attractive bar... it's a nice vibe and quite sensual to say the least.

2
★★★★☆

I've been coming here for years and each time it's been just as lovely. Whether you're there for the dining or simply for cocktails at the very attractive bar... it's a nice vibe and quite sensual to say the least.

Pros: Atmosphere, Nice Bar, Nice Menu

Cons: Non as yet

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Stopped in on a Sunday night to find the place half-filled ... had the chef's tasting menu - 5 courses for $45 (only available on Sundays) ... unbelievable! A parsnip soup to start - so flavorful! Followed by one delicious course after another - ending with venison - wonderful. Service was professional and on point. Definately a must visit place for foodies. Had the foie gras as well - excellent. Our waitress said the regular chef wasn't there that night - I can't imagine it being any better, but can't wait to go back! Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

Stopped in on a Sunday night to find the place half-filled ... had the chef's tasting menu - 5 courses for $45 (only available on Sundays) ... unbelievable! A parsnip soup to start - so flavorful! Followed by one delicious course after another - ending with venison - wonderful. Service was professional and on point. Definately a must visit place for foodies. Had the foie gras as well - excellent. Our waitress said the regular chef wasn't there that night - I can't imagine it being any better, but can't wait to go back! Highly recommended!

Pros: Sunday tasting menu, chic decor, service

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Ambience, food and service-this place has it all! Public has such great atmosphere;open and airy with great lighting. The waitstaff was nice to the point that you forget you are in a trendy NYC restaurant-helpful and attentive. I have been twice so I know it wasn't just a fluke the first time. The food is really interesting (for true foodies!) amazing duck, the lentil salad is ridiculously good, as well as the watermelon and feta salad. They also have a great and reasonably priced wine list. I can't wait to try their brunch!

2
★★★★★

Ambience, food and service-this place has it all! Public has such great atmosphere;open and airy with great lighting. The waitstaff was nice to the point that you forget you are in a trendy NYC restaurant-helpful and attentive. I have been twice so I know it wasn't just a fluke the first time. The food is really interesting (for true foodies!) amazing duck, the lentil salad is ridiculously good, as well as the watermelon and feta salad. They also have a great and reasonably priced wine list. I can't wait to try their brunch!

Pros: Atmosphere, waitstaff, food

Cons: crowded late night

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Have been to this place on a number of occasions for the bar atmosphere alone. The white peach margarita is incredible and the bar staff is great!. I wish they opened earlier than 6pm - happy hour would be awsome here!

2
★★★★☆

Have been to this place on a number of occasions for the bar atmosphere alone. The white peach margarita is incredible and the bar staff is great!. I wish they opened earlier than 6pm - happy hour would be awsome here!

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I was recently taken to Public on a date and all I can say is that it was perfect. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. I have never met nicer wait staff in my 5 years in Manhattan! Delicious Delicious Delicious!!!!

2
★★★★★

I was recently taken to Public on a date and all I can say is that it was perfect. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. I have never met nicer wait staff in my 5 years in Manhattan! Delicious Delicious Delicious!!!!

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Public is constantly making it new with chef Brad Farmerie (also of The Monday Room) seeking out unique ingredients to create original taste combinations. You won't find chicken or steak here. You will find kangaroo, eel, bone marrow and…

 

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