The Library at The Public


The Public Theater
Mezzanine Level 
425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003 


Monday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-12am

Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-1am

Sunday: 5:30pm-11pm


If we aren't showing your desired availability online, please call 212.539.8777 for Reservations

 For Events, please call 212.539.8790

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The Library, named for the building's original use as the Astor Library, is a central element of the mezzanine level of our landmark building's downtown home at Astor Place. Open late nightly for dinner and cocktail service, the hidden away supper club plays dinner bar, watering hole or backstage lounge to downtown denizens and neighborhood dwellers, theater-goers coming or going, academics and artists alike.

Our cocktail list uses choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers from the kitchen, combining tried and true technique and a charming approach to the classics. Our approachable wine list features a selection of our favorite foreign and domestic labels and craft beers on tap. Chefs Andrew Carmellini and Brian Plante have created an American menu of bar snacks, shareable appetizers, sandwiches, dinner plates and desserts sourcing local ingredients and New York influence that is available in both The Library and Joe's Pub.

Founding Joe's Pub Partners, Kevin Abbott, Serge Becker, Josh Pickard and Paul Salmon, first opened Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in 1998 creating one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With the completion of The Public Theater's revitalization, they are now joined by celebrated restaurateurs of NoHo Hospitality Group, Luke Ostrom and Chef Andrew Carmellini, in supplying food and beverage programming to The Library at The Public, Joe's Pub, catering and events, and a full-service bar in the Lobby.


ACT I, ACT II, ACT III for $38


Winter Greens, Satori Sarivecio, Seckel Pears    15

Baja Fried Fish Taco, Salsa Verde, Avocado, Jalapeño 15

Roasted Winter Squash Soup, Wild Mushroom, Savory  16

Crispy Calamari, Shishito Peppers, Chipotle Aioli   16

Roasted Beets,  Blood Orange, Tarragon, Fromage Blanc 16

Burrata, Apple, Celery, Raisins    18



Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich, Italian Radicchio Salad    18

Joe’s Burger, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Cheddar    19

Potato Pierogi, Dill, Horseradish   28

Smoked Cauliflower Cassoulet, Winter Vegetables, Breadcrumbs 28

Paccheri, Heritage Pork Ragu, Smoked Chili Vinegar 29

Roasted Chicken, Lady Apples, Barley, Cider 29

Grilled PA Brook Trout, Warm Potato Salad, Salsa Verde 29

Grilled Hangar Steak, Creamed Kale, Carrots   38



Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve, Pocky Sticks   9

Ricotta Cheesecake, Candied Orange, Hazelnut   11

Gala Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel   11

Chocolate Walnut Cake, Malted Milk Crème Anglasé 11


*Menu Items Are Subject To Change

Valentine's Weekend Pre Fixe

Served Saturday & Sunday!


 Roasted Spot Prawns, Grapefruit, Country Bread

 Burrata, Heirloom Carrots, Caraway

 Winter Salad, Sartori Sarvecchio, Pears, Pistachio

 Roasted Beets, Blood Orange, Tarragon, Formage Blanc

 Hamachi Crudo, Smoked Cashew Purée, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette




 Tagliatelle, Crab, Preserved Myer Lemon, Green Chili

 Braised Short Rib, “Love Letters” Sugo Finto, Pecorino Romano

 Steamed Turbot, Broccoli, Vidalia Onions, Pickled Fresno Chili

 Grilled Lamb Chops, Parsnips, Dandelion Greens

 Cauliflower Cassoulet, Winter Vegetables, Breadcrumbs

 Roasted Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, Nueskis Bacon, Mustard Vinaigrette

 Grilled Hangar Steak, Creamed Kale, Potato Rosti, Steak Sauce



Gala Apple Crumble

 Chocolate Walnut Cake, Malted Milk Crème Anglaise

 Ricotta Cheesecake, Candied Orange, Almonds

 Donut Holes, Applejack Chocolate Sauce, Spicy Carmel

 Banana Split for Two


*Menu Items Subject to Change

The Library at The Public is the perfect location for your next private dinner, cocktail reception, ladies' brunch or downtown celebration for parties of 12-150 guests.

David Rockwell's design of The Library drew inspiration from the building's original use as the city's first public library space. Vintage elements like distressed leather chairs, steel-frame bookcases along the perimeter and a Parisian rug at the room's center invoke a welcoming, lived-in sense, while theater artifacts from past productions pay homage to the great performances of the building's past and present.

Outside of The Library, consider our stage at Joe's Pub for live entertainment, larger cocktail parties, daytime meetings and presentations, or your very own jazz brunch.

To learn more about events at The Library or Joe's Pub, please complete our inquiry questionnaire or contact us directly at 212-539-8790 or