old post office boxes (images from http://www.public-nyc.com/)
Had an amazing and delicious birthday dinner last night at PUBLIC located near the New Museum (I included the address below). The restaurant is designed and operated by design firm AvroKO whose office is located right above the restaurant. AvroKO designed and operates a few other pretty cool restaurants that I want to check out someday.
The space at PUBLIC has very industrial yet elegant feel through their use of materials, fixtures, and lighting. It was a really beautiful space to be in and the lighting is much darker than it appears in the pictures so it sets a great mood for dinner at night. The restaurant and bar filled up fast so it seems like a pretty popular place. The food is a mix of Austrailian, Asian, and Mid-Eastern cuisine.
The items off the menu I tried were all delicious and I would highly recommend:
[Starters] Grilled scallops with sweet chili sauce, crème fraiche and green plantain crisps (the scallops were sooo tenderly cooked and go really well with the sweet chili sauce); Artichoke salad with mixed Spring greens and vinaigrette
[Main] Snail and oxtail ravioli with pickled shiitake mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, peashoots and smoked paprika oil (this is very very delicious if you are willing to give it a try); Crispy skinned barramundi with a wild mushroom broth, fingerling potatoes, pickled ginger and pea leaf salad
[Dessert] Cheesecake flan, blood orange caramel, citrus salad and pistachio brittle (highly recommend! This was sooo good and I want to learn to make my own); the dessert wine paired with it was - Lilly Pilly “Noble Blend”, 2002 (Riverina, Australia) - (Loved the name Lilly Pilly and it had a great taste as well)
PUBLIC 210 Elizabeth St. (Between Prince St. & Spring St.) New York, NY 10012 (212) 343-7011