What We Love
- Search for the reception desk in vain. At Public, you check in on your phone or on one of the lobby's iPads
- Stargazing from one of the beds dotted around the rooftop bar
- Public Arts, the multi-media performance space in the basement that hosts open mic events, art exhibits and club nights
What To Know
- There's no room service
- There are more charging ports and outlets than you can use
- Rooms, as with nearly all in NYC, are on the small side
- Free WiFi
Sense that party vibe? Public’s creator is none other than Ian Schrager (also the creator of Studio 54), so if you pick up on a vintage 1977 devil-may-care attitude, that’s why. This addition to the Lower East Side is a hub for today’s club kids, thanks in large part to the rooftop bar and the events space in the basement, both of which draw a cool crowd in the evenings. From the moment you step onto one of the neon-lit and mirrored escalators, you know you’re in for a good time. Book a Great View room for stellar cityscapes through the floor-to-ceiling windows just by the bed. Still, you won’t be spending much time in the rooms, which can be a bit of a squeeze for two, since the hotel’s dining options—including one from Jean-Georges Vongerichten—bars and chic lobby-level boutique are all compelling. But if you want to lounge around and enjoy the view in your jammies, call down to Louis—part restaurant, part coffee shop, part grocery store—with your order and just nip down to pick it up a few minutes later.
In the Area
Public’s got a fabulous, walk-to-almost-anything location on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and there’s a subway stop just around the corner for trips further afield. Pick up lox and bagels at Russ & Daughters, just five minutes away, and settle onto a bench in Sara D. Roosevelt Park for an easy—and very NYC—picnic. For cozy tête-à-têtes over organic wine and a great value oyster happy hour, stroll over to the romantic The Ten Bells bar, ten minutes from the hotel. Meet colleagues for a power breakfast at see-and-be-seen Balthazar…or just come in for a perfectly brewed latte and croissant among the movers and shakers before heading out to the Invisible-Exports gallery to check out what artists we’ll all be talking about in a year or two. The excellent New Museum is also handy—come here to see the artists we’re already talking about.
How to Get There
First let me thank Eric and Josh for making the stay amazing for my girlfriend and I ! The rooms are awesome with great views and are super sexy at the night. The hotel is one big vibe with cool people everywhere you look. The restaurant was great, the bar was great and so was the club. Will be staying more often for nice weekend staycations.
From the moment I checked in the staff were friendly, helpful and dare I say "cheerful". My room was spotless and very modern. I could control everything from a keypad near my bed - curtains, sheers, lighting, Numerous restaurants and bars throughout and the location was spot on. I could walk to Little Italy, SOHO, all over the lower East Side and it was a short jaunt to Central Park and UWS. Thanks Public ! I'll stay here again soon.
I chose this hotel online and didn't arrive until 230AM on a Saturday night. I am 66 years old and I thought I must have been crazy. There didn't even seem to be a hotel lobby!
there seemed to be endless streams of young people coming and going.
I chose the hotel because it was a short ride to a wedding I was attending in Brooklyn and a short ride to the Museum of jewish Heritage where we had tickets to Fiddler on the roof.
They had great coffee and snacks to buy or a glass of wine or other drinks, several rooms with tables and sofas to hang out in to make up for the small size of rooms in NY hotels. The staff dressed in T-shirts were endlessly charming and helpful.
I hope I have an opportunity to stay there again
Great location, value and consistent and pleasant service. I had one small issue with my TV and they went above and beyond to address it. I travel a lot and loved the service team here! Very clean for NYC, spotless and roof top bar and the views are amazing.
I am a frequent guest at Public New York and each time I stay I am amazed with how the property looks like it just opened! The public spaces and guest rooms are well maintained and super clean! Ian has done an amazing job in appointing the rooms just right and the staff that I interacted with where pleasant and accommodating. Looking forward to my next stay!