The Library at The Public

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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

Connect with The Library


New Year’s Eve

Prix Fixe $95

Select One From Act 1, 2 and Encore

Live Music by Harlem River Noise With Kaylyn Marie Beginning at 10pm!  No Cover!!


Salmon Tartar, Horseradish Crème, Caviar, Pomme Allumette  

Roasted Beets, Apple, Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts

Fried Oysters, Celery Root Purée, Chili Vinegar

Little Gem Classic Caesar Salad

Burrata, Endive, Butternut Squash, Maple, Pumpkin Seeds 



Roasted Trout, Bean Cassoulet, Fennel, Orange, Haricot Vert  

Moroccan Chicken, Couscous, Fall Vegetables, Chermoula

Grilled Flat Iron Steak Frites, Green Salad

Roasted Pork Loin with Cassoulet Beans

Cavatelli Pasta, Wild Mushrooms, Parmesan



Served Family Style

Whipped Potatoes

Fried Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Grainy Mustard



Gala Apple Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel

Chocolate Walnut Cake, Malted Milk Crème Anglaisé

Chocolate & Vanilla Soft Serve



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