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The Library at The Public

425 Lafayette St. (Astor Pl.) Send to Phone
Show-stopping American comfort food at The Public Theater.
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The Library at The Public Restaurant Review

: Step into the lobby of The Public Theater on Lafayette Street, turn left, go up the stairs and cross a hallway. Welcome to The Library, named as such because it once really was a library owned by the Astor family. Today, it’s a showcase for chef Andrew Carmellini (who created the menu) and for classic, well-made cocktails. Order a martini or an Old Fashioned and peruse the menu, divided up into Act I (starters), Act II (small-ish plates), Act III (larger plates) and dessert (of which there are only three uninspired offerings). Short rib goulash is a rich and hearty delight (especially on a cold night), and the burger, topped with caramelized onions, cheddar and bacon, is show-stoppingly good. Diners don’t need tickets to the show to eat at The Library; the real show, anyway, might be the Catskill Mountain trout --- skin on, bones out --- tender and flaky, and definitely worth an encore.

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