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The Library at the Public

The Library at The Public is an Astor-era lounge tucked away in the mezzanine level of The Public Theater's new downtown home at Astor Place serving classic and inspired cocktails, wine, and Chef Andrew Carmellini's eclectic American menu sourcing local ingredients and New York influence.
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377 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(377 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 377 reviews
5 stars
(126)
4 stars
(165)
3 stars
(57)
2 stars
(21)
1 star
(8)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • fit for foodies(101)
  • neighborhood gem(88)
  • good for groups(81)
  • romantic(77)
  • special occasion(63)
  • late-night find(58)
The Library at the Public Reviews List
Review 1 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2007
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2007
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Review 2 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Amazing food, friendly staff, gorgeous ambiance

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Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for The Library at the Public
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/04/2016
 2010
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Review 4 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2016
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 5 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 6 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/04/2016
 2012
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Review 7 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2011
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Review 8 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 9 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2013
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Review 10 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2013
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Review 11 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Restaurant Week Experience

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The Library went all out to give us the best value for our Restaurant Week experience. The whole delicious menu was available. Great service. Great food. The Library is a beautiful spot, great bar, good food, good service."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/01/2016
 2009
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Review 13 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/28/2016
 2009
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Review 14 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
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Review 15 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 16 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 17 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 18 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
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Review 19 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 20 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 21 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2016
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 22 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2015
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Review 23 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/26/2016
 2011
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Review 24 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/26/2016
 2009
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Review 25 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 27 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

fine before an event

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"unfortunately, the staff tried to push us and then attepted to allege that they were not anything but accomodating. the truth is better not covered up with lies or mistruths. food good but not that great for condescending service."
Dined on 1/21/2016
 2012
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Review 29 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
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Review 30 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/10/2016
 2004
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Review 31 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2004
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Review 32 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/19/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/19/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 33 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 34 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
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Review 35 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2009
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Review 36 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2002
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Really unique dishes. Small plates makes it a great place for groups. Lots of interesting vegetarian options."
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2002
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/18/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2015
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Review 38 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
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Review 39 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Mr

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/12/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 41 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2008
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Review 42 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/08/2016
 2011
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Review 44 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2010
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Review 45 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Meal was good but go for cocktails

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Recommended the Library to my date, after a show at the Public Theatre. We had a 9pm reservation and sat immediately; it wasn't too crowded for a Friday night in January. We had a number of Act I items - lobster sliders, fish tacos, burrata and calamari. Everything was good, not amazing. Unfortunately, our server veered between surly and difficult to locate. It took away from the vibe quite a bit. But, the cocktails and bar scene were really chill and fun. I'll go back but maybe just for drinks."
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 46 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great for a New Year's celebration

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Angela was a great server, as was everyone that brought everything to our table. Despite it being busy, and NYE, we wanted for nothing and got drinks and food quickly. Festive, fun atmosphere in a swanky space that I will definitely look forward to returning to!"
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 48 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice surprise

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2006
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Having dined here in the past with convenience the primary reason (show at the Public) spouse and I were pleasantly surprised on a holiday evening that our experience surpassed previous encounters. Menu updated with a decent breadth of offerings, good wine list and excellent cocktails. Partner had a vegan dish that was outstanding and my short ribs were very good. Absolute high point was the wonderful wait staff who were attentive, friendly and professional all around. Recommend beyond just convenience and would unhesitatingly return."
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic
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Review 49 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2014
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2014
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2014
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Review 50 for The Library at the Public
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2012
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