FAQ

What kind of food does PUBLIC serve?

Free-spirited fusion.

What time do you serve dinner, how many days a week?

We serve dinner seven nights a week, and we serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Dinner
Monday – Thursday
6pm – 11pm (bar until 1am)

Friday – Saturday
6pm – 12am (bar until 2am)

Sunday
6pm – 10:30pm (bar until 1am)

Brunch
Saturday and Sunday
11am – 3:30pm

Are there vegetarian options?

Our dinner menu currently offers three appetizers, one main course, one dinner-size salad, and several side dishes that are vegetarian. These dishes can be adjusted to accommodate a vegan diet. Our brunch menu also includes many vegetarian options.

What time does the kitchen close?

The kitchen closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 11pm on Monday through Thursday, and 10:30pm on Sundays.

Can you accommodate large parties?

The restaurant is comprised of a semi-private wine room, a main dining room with a communal table, a lounge/dining room and a quaint private lounge with a fireplace, and can accommodate private parties ranging from ten to 200 people. You may also consider our adjacent cocktail bar The Daily, which can accommodate up to 35 guests. For all parties of ten guests or more, please contact Laura McGinley at 212-343-7011 or at laura@public-nyc.com.

When do you get cancellations?

This is difficult to predict. You can always call the night you wish to dine and the host will let you know if there are any last minute cancellations.

What is the wait time for walk-ins?

This varies greatly. You can always call ahead that evening and speak with our host, who will let you know how busy we are. From 7:00 to 9:30 is usually the busiest time. We encourage people to dine at the bar and in the back lounge. We serve a full menu in both places.

Do you accept brunch reservations?

No, we only accept walk-ins at Saturday and Sunday brunch.

What credit cards do you accept?

Most major credit cards: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Diner’s Club.

Do you add gratuity to the check?

A 20% gratuity is added for parties of six or more.

What is the head chef’s name?

Chef Brad Farmerie.

Where did he cook before?

In London, he has cooked at the Providores, Sugar Club, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, Coast and Chez Nico. Brad is also the Executive Chef of Saxon + Parole, the AvroKO Restaurant Group’s second restaurant.

Does the chef offer tasting menus?

Chef’s tasting menus are available for $75. The menus highlight signature dishes to create an amazing PUBLIC experience. Please contact our Special Events Manager, Kimberly Johnson at 212.343.7011 x210.

Can I bring in a cake?

Our plating fee is $5 per plate, for patrons who choose to bring their own cake. Additionally, our pastry chef can create a custom cake for you with 48 hours advanced notice. The cake price starts at $60 and can vary based upon the amount of people.

What is your wine corkage fee?

Our corkage fee is $25 per bottle. We are happy to assist with arrangements.

What’s the dress code?

Casual

Do you have gift certificates?

Yes, they are available in any denomination. We now offer digital gift cards here: https://gifts.opentable.com/biz/PUBLIC. Or you may call 212-343-7011 to purchase a printed gift card. We also offer three-month memberships to our exclusive Wine Mailbox Program to be given as a gift. The cost is $150.00. For more details, email kimberly@public-nyc.com

Where can I park?

There is a parking lot on Mulberry between Prince and Spring Streets which is two-blocks from the restaurant. Street parking is also an option in the neighborhood, including on PUBLIC’s block of Elizabeth Street.

Who are the architects and designers?

AvroKO is behind the design, concept and branding of PUBLIC. The team was awarded two James Beard Awards for PUBLIC in 2004, for “Best Restaurant Design” and “Best Graphics.”

How many seats does the restaurant have?

120 seats and 14 at the bar.

Is PUBLIC wheelchair-accessible?

Yes. There is an entrance to the Lounge on the lowest level that has a wheelchair lift. The Lounge has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. Unfortunately, our Wine Room and Main Dining Room are not wheelchair-accessible.

Are you hiring?

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. You can send us your resume to:  jobs@public-nyc.com

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