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Carmellini Goulash in an Old Library

The guys behind the Dutch have a new spot.

It’s with the guys from Joe’s Pub.

It’s in a theater.

So according to the transitive property of restaurants you love, we guess you’re going to eat at a theater...

Introducing The Library at The Public, a bookish enclave of goulash, applejack cocktails and knowledge at the Public Theater, taking reservations now and opening next Tuesday in NoHo.

This is an Avengers-like team of guys from Locanda Verde, the Dutch and Joe’s Pub bringing artisanal champagnes and kielbasa to your dinner-and-a-show date nights. Which puts it solidly into biggest-opening-of-the-fall consideration.

It looks... like a library. Slates and dignified herringbone woods and O. Henry volumes and a reading-lamp-lined bar. It’s low in light and in ceiling, and high in smell-goody leather.

But then again, there’s that bar part—where you’ll take your rum-egg-sour-beer cocktail while peering down at a copy of Candide through a monocle. Alternatively, you could sit and drink with someone after watching whatever troubadour just played at Joe’s.

Even better: grab a seat at one of the three long, curved banquettes that surround the purple-camouflage Indian carpeting (can’t miss it) and eat. It’s trademark Carmellini stuff that sounds kind of suspect but tastes kind of delicious—like short rib goulash, head-on prawns in basil vinaigrette and toasted mini crab rolls.

Okay, that sounded pretty great, actually.


The Library at The Public
425 Lafayette St
(at Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003
official website

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