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.   

Location

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

Hours

Monday-Sunday: 5:30pm-Midnight

Contact

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

 For Events, please call 212.539.8790

Connect with The Library

New Year’s Eve

Prix Fixe $95

Live Music Beignning at 9:30 with Kaylyn Marie & The Wildlings

Select One From Act 1, 2 and Encore

 

ACT I

 

Salmon Tartar, Horseradish Crème, Caviar, Pomme Allumette  

Roasted Beets, Orange, Chervil, Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts

Fried Oysters, Celery Root Purée, Chili Vinegar

Little Gem, Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, Bacon, Pistachio

Burrata, Spaghetti Squash, Figs, Country Bread, Pumpkin Seeds 

ACT 2

 

Roasted Trout, Glazed Carrots, Mustard Lentils  

Roasted Chicken, Winter Vegetables, Farro, Chimichurri

Grilled Hanger Steak Frites, Green Salad

Roasted Pork Loin with Cassoulet Beans

Trofie Pasta, Maitake Mushrooms, Fried Rosemary, Parmesan

 

SIDES

Served Family Style

Whipped Potatoes

Fried Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Grainy Mustard

 

ENCORE

 

Gala Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel

Chocolate Walnut Cake, Malted Milk Crème Anglaisé

Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve

 

 

 

 

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 events@thelibraryatthepublic.com.