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Public

210 Elizabeth St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Prince St.
212-343-7011

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

53% would go back.

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Trouble with service and wines

By Sctory on 4/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

I know people who swear by this place, so i think my surly service the other night was an anomaly, but still worth mentioning. Our waiter acted exasperated that he had to serve my table from the moment we sat down, and was especially impatient when we asked for guidance with the largely Australian wine list. He recommended - and we ordered - a wine that was nothing like the dry white we asked for and was so sweet that it was undrinkable. He got angry when we wanted to try something else, explaining that he would deign to serve us anything "bone dry" and had assumed we'd prefer something "off-dry." what does "off-dry" even mean?? A very strange experience.

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62 out of 130 people found this review helpful.

Brunching Out

By darryladachi on 9/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I met some friends for dinner at Public and liked the open atmosphere so much that I headed back there for Sunday brunch a couple of weeks later. I couldn't decide between the egg fry up or the banana stuffed French toast so I had both. I make it back regularly now, taking friends or just my Sunday Times. Either way, Public allows me to relax, enjoy great food (most of which I've tried and can recommend) and not worry about cloying waiters hanging around my table. (The service is friendly and unobstrusive). One of the favorite NY brunch places from a single guy who has made brunch a weekend habit.

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340 out of 775 people found this review helpful.

Enough of the drinks.....bring me my food!

By sjigga on 9/13/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Believing the hype, I trotted along to Public to enjoy a Saturday night meal with some friends who were in town. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation & were finally seated 45 minutes later. Already annoyed, my spirit was bouyed by an interesting looking menu. My stomach was disappointed by tiny portions (something I thought I'd never have to worry about in America), and a high sticker price. Service was average at best.

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372 out of 825 people found this review helpful.

Great Service - Awsome Food

By bobbyM on 8/26/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I just went to public with my girlfriend and another couple who came to visit from out of town. We wanted to show them a real new york restaurant, and Public did NOT dissapoint! We had the scallop appetizer which was outstanding- perfectly grilled and served with a sweet chili sauce that was out of this world. The fried oysters were served with an yuzu dipping sauce that was amazing. Perfectly fried and juicy oysters! Main courses were also great, but i must say something about the service- it was perfect! Our waiter was knowlegable, friendly and recommended an amazing new zealand shiraz. Overall- 2 thumbs up!

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337 out of 726 people found this review helpful.

wonderful!

By jenny05 on 8/15/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Just had a great business dinner at public last week and had such a great time that i went back for dinner on saturday night! food was excellent and the service was great. 2 times in one week and already planning on taking my boyfriend before the end of the summer. overall- wonderful!

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341 out of 742 people found this review helpful.

GO NOW!!

By ericblack on 8/15/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have lived in Manhattan for over 15 years and have seen many restaurants come and go and I usually don’t write these reviews but after visiting Public for what seems to be the 10th time, I have to say that it is one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan and I needed to share my experiences! Every time I have been there the food is perfect and interesting and the service has been stellar from day one! I have taken clients, boyfriends, friends and family to Public and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a first rate experience.

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344 out of 758 people found this review helpful.

great place

By tommaso on 6/21/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

A very enjoyable evening, great food, nice people, pleasant surroundings, a very nice outing typical NY; we ll go again and again, keep it up.

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334 out of 663 people found this review helpful.

What a great surprise!!!

By chris27 on 6/9/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My girlfriend recently surprised me for my birthday and took me to dinner at public. She had been there a few times and has mentioned that she wanted to take me there. I was so happy she did. We consider ourselves "foodies" and wow, the food was amazing. I had the grilled scallops with an amazing sweet chili sauce- grilled perfectly and such juicy scallops. I had the roast duck as a main course and it was perfect. Juicy and perfectly cooked with a delicious chorizo mashed potato and some onion-licorice chutney – divine!!! i could go on about the food, but the service needs some mention as well. It was such a pleasure being served by such an attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff. I am very happy my girlfriend took me, we will definitely be back!!

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314 out of 678 people found this review helpful.

HUGE FAN!!

By bently on 6/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been a loyal fan of Public for over a year-but have never made it for brunch. Fortunately a few weeks ago I had brunch there with a few friends from out of town and everyone was thrilled. I had the most amazing watermelon salad to start and then had a delicious banana stuffed French toast. The service was great too-as expected. Your brunch wont be the same if you don’t try one of their bloody’s- could be one of my favorite’s in the city. I am now a huge fan of Public for dinner AND Brunch!

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252 out of 587 people found this review helpful.

a foodie's dream

By tommynyc2 on 5/12/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I consider myself a food snob (or a foodie as some would say) and my first visit to public last week was PERFECT. We were warmly greeted by two beautiful hostesses with no attitude (rare for NYC). After a delicious drink at the bar, we were sat and proceeded to have one my favorite dining experience to date! I had the snail & oxtail ravioli as an appetizer which was delicious. The roast duck, as a main course, which was perfectly cooked and was served with an amazing plantain/chorizo/mashed potato sooooo good! Oh by the way, the grilled asparagus side dish was great too. Obviously I loved the food…so how about the service? It was spot on! Attentive, knowledgeable and warm. I cant wait to go back- Nice one Public!

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