Best Reason to Arrive to the Theater Early New York 2013 - The Library at the Public Theater
Raise your hand if you've ever had to rush through your dinner and plead with the waiter to get the check "right now" to make it to the theater on time. When the Public Theater finally cut the ribbon on its four-year $40 million revitalization project last fall, it introduced a wonderful solution: The Library at the Public Theater, a cozy, dimly lighted bar and restaurant that's so pleasant you'll want to dine there even when you don't have a show to attend. The Public was once home to the Astor Library, hence the restaurant's name and shelves of beautiful old books lining the walls. For those in a hurry, take a seat at the island bar, where you can get your dinner fast, along with a mean cocktail from expert mixologist Tiffany Short. If you have more time, reserve a table and enjoy the full menu by chefs Andrew Carmellini and Michael Oliver. After the show, head back upstairs, where the Library remains open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. If you stick around long enough, you might even find one of the evening's performers messing around on the bar's piano.