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An unexpectedly great burger at The Library at The Public Theater

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As some may be aware, the Public Theater on Lafayette St. has recently undergone an extensive restoration, including the creation of a great (appearance wise; I haven't tried their food) cafe in the lobby. and a beautiful new restaurant, The Library, on the second floor. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I wandered in to have a look around. A portion of the room was cordoned off for a private party, but as my wife and I were milling about, one of the waitstaff came by and offered us a slider. It was delicious! So tonight we decided to try it for dinner. My wife had, and loved, the shrimp tacos. I ordered the burger, and it was one of the better burgers I've had in NYC: beefy, juicy, and properly cooked (I ordered it medium, and it came out real medium -- i.e., still some pink in the center). I didn't sample the fries -- I was trying to be a little bit good, so I subbed in a salad, which they happily did. It's a little pricey: the burger is $18, with cheese and bacon (although, consistent with trying to be a little good, I had them hold the bacon). Definitely a repeat destination. And for those of you attending shows at Joe's Pub, a subset of The Library's menu (including the shrimp tacos and the burger) are available there, too.


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