The Library at The Public

About The Library

The Library is one of downtown’s best kept secrets; tucked away on the mezzanine of the Public Theater.  The elegant restaurant and bar is named for the Astor Library, in a nod to both the United States’ first public library and the landmarked building that now houses the Public Theater.  This supper club acts as watering hole and backstage lounge to downtown characters, neighborhood dwellers, theater-goers, academics and artists alike.  You never know what stories will unfold over dinner and cocktails at the Library.

Our menu, created by Chefs Andrew Carmellini and John Ramirez, is inspired by New York City: the richness of its local ingredients and the vitality of its downtown culture.  The Library offers bar snacks, shareable plates, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

The emphasis on ingredients extends to our cocktail list: our cocktails are made with premium spirits and seasonal, house-made mixers. We also serve wine and craft beer, from an accessible collection of foreign and domestic labels.   


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


Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm-Midnight


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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 July 23rd through August 17th!


ACT I, ACT II, ACT III for $42


Little Gem, Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, Bacon, Pistachio

Roasted Beets, Asian Pears, Chervil, Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts

                Wild Maine Mussels, Spanish Chorizo, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Pistou

Burrata, Roasted Carrots, Orange, Fried Farro, Frisée

Rock Shrimp Tacos, Salsa Verde, Guacamole, Poblano Peppers   



Joe’s Burger, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Cheddar

Smoked Cauliflower Cassoulet, WinterVegetables, Breadcrumbs

Classic Pub Fish & Chips, L.I. Cod, Pickled Leeks Tartar Sauce

Roasted Trout, Glazed Carrots, Mustard Lentils



Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve, Pocky Sticks

Ricotta Cheesecake, Blueberries, Almonds

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel

Chocolate Walnut Cake, Malted Milk Crème Anglaise



*Please note no other food discounts are applicable with this offer.

Public Theater Members and Partners will receive 20% off beverage.

Maximum reservation size: 8



Menu by Andrew Carmellini & Chef of The Public John Ramirez


Events at The Library

The Library at The Public is the perfect location for your next private dinner, cocktail reception, ladies' brunch or downtown celebration for parties of 12-175 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 contact us directly at 212-539-8790 or