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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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Great food, Great atmosphere

By bunilio on 12/29/2003

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

I really loved this restaurant not only because it is beautiful on the inside but because the food was some of the best and most surprising I have had in New York. The fish is so delicate and well handled it melted in my mouth (John Dory) and the desserts are to die for! Amazing concoctions of chocolate and citrus. A foodies dream.

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150 out of 296 people found this review helpful.

kangaroo boy claims- "i'll be back!"

By vivo on 1/29/2004

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

finally, something new and different on the new york scene. the interior is industrial but cozy and the food transcends the somewhat intimidating menu descriptions. fear not, long winded lists of ingredients somehow transform into delicious incarnations on a plate. snail and oxtail ravioli and kangaroo (appetizers) were the talk of my table, i dont remember our entree's (but remember them being pretty good), and desserts were all delicious and interesting without being sickly-sweet. only bad thing is that its very crowded. i must go earlier next time...

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225 out of 438 people found this review helpful.

Fantas-great

By Gnewey on 7/14/2004

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

I have been going to Public for maybe 20-30 times. And each and every time, the hosts are fantastic, accomodating and friendly. The waitstaff is decent. The food quality is consistently good. The whole experience is worth every penny.

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245 out of 489 people found this review helpful.

Poor value for the money

By pelao on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

What used to be a nice different place has lost its charm and it's now full of arrogance enjoying its "celebrity minute" But forgetting who was backing up success guarantees an "out of the scene" sooner or later. Overcrowded to the point of being uncomfortable, service is poor and management is worst. But what really turns me off is the disrespect for customers.

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209 out of 419 people found this review helpful.

A bad experience

By ltampier on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I read the other reviews, many from Nolita which are related with the owners, and I disagree. The place is overcrowded and the service is bad. The manager/chef is nasty and doesn't know what service is about. They don't care of customers. Yeah! they are full of patrons now but that will change soon.

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227 out of 437 people found this review helpful.

Service makes the difference

By ricardo on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I visited this place with my brother. The ambiance looked nice at first sight but with the pass of time it was too overcrowded. Food was decent but service was very low. Price was to high for which they have to offer. I will never come back and certainly I wouldn't recommend it.

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200 out of 397 people found this review helpful.

A tourist point of view

By mao on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

A went with some friends while visiting New York. My experience with the service was not good at all and when complaining with the manager (who was the chef) his attitude was not of acceptance but very critical of my opinion. They don't care what customers believe and they are only focused in getting more people in and charge a value that is too expensive for what they have to offer.

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204 out of 377 people found this review helpful.

Not recommended

By ambassador on 2/2/2005

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

As a U.S. Ambassador I have had the chance to visit many places around the world. Public reviews were high so were my expectations. The food is just average, service is something they need to improve and courtesy and respect something they must learn. They have an overall value that is O.K. for a fast-food place but unacceptable for a high price bistro.

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232 out of 458 people found this review helpful.

not reccomended

By theodora on 2/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

The food was good and the design of the restaurant is very cozy and inviting. In overall I have been there for drinks many times. After my dinner experience I was very disappointed. The service was very bad and the waiter was very rude to my guests and to me. He was not professional even though the management tried to convince me that he was. Four of my guests complaint to the manager about the unprofessional management of the place. They overcharged us for the wine so make sure you remember the price on the wine list because it might not be the same on the final check. Also make sure to check with your bank statement because your credit card might be charged twice (it happened to me). Dining should be pleasant and fun. Unfortunately mine was not. I am very disappointed in overall and they should hire more professional staff because good food only does not keep the customers. As I mentioned before, the bar is fine but the dinning was a bad experience.

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196 out of 391 people found this review helpful.

AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!

By lilitaly on 5/9/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

An absolutely horrible dining experience. The food was subpar, the service was slow, and we were ushered out to the lounge to make room for new customers. When I asked to see a manager, he was rude and defensive. I will never eat there again and intend to bash it thoroughly. Public SUCKS!!!

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