The Library at The Public


The Public Theater
Mezzanine Level 
425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003 


Monday-Wednesday: 5:30pm-12am

Thursday-Saturday: 5:30pm-1am

Sunday: 5:30pm-11pm


If we aren't showing your desired availability online, please call 212.539.8777 for Reservations

 For Events, please call 212.539.8790

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The Library, named for the building's original use as the Astor Library, is a central element of the mezzanine level of our landmark building's downtown home at Astor Place. Open late nightly for dinner and cocktail service, the hidden away supper club plays dinner bar, watering hole or backstage lounge to downtown denizens and neighborhood dwellers, theater-goers coming or going, academics and artists alike.

Our cocktail list uses choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers from the kitchen, combining tried and true technique and a charming approach to the classics. Our approachable wine list features a selection of our favorite foreign and domestic labels and craft beers on tap. Chefs Andrew Carmellini and John Ramirez have created an American menu of bar snacks, shareable appetizers, sandwiches, dinner plates and desserts sourcing local ingredients and New York influence that is available in both The Library and Joe's Pub.

Founding Joe's Pub Partners, Kevin Abbott, Serge Becker, Josh Pickard and Paul Salmon, first opened Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in 1998 creating one of New York City's most celebrated and in-demand showcase venues for live music and performance. With the completion of The Public Theater's revitalization, they are now joined by celebrated restaurateurs of NoHo Hospitality Group, Luke Ostrom and Chef Andrew Carmellini, in supplying food and beverage programming to The Library at The Public, Joe's Pub, catering and events, and a full-service bar in the Lobby.


The Library at The Public is the perfect location for your next private dinner, cocktail reception, ladies' brunch or downtown celebration for parties of 12-150 guests.

David Rockwell's design of The Library drew inspiration from the building's original use as the city's first public library space. Vintage elements like distressed leather chairs, steel-frame bookcases along the perimeter and a Parisian rug at the room's center invoke a welcoming, lived-in sense, while theater artifacts from past productions pay homage to the great performances of the building's past and present.

Outside of The Library, consider our stage at Joe's Pub for live entertainment, larger cocktail parties, daytime meetings and presentations, or your very own jazz brunch.

To learn more about events at The Library or Joe's Pub, please complete our inquiry questionnaire or contact us directly at 212-539-8790 or