Public Wine Bar

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Wine Bar
Delectable wine bar in the heart of the SoNo neighborhood. Come check us out for good eats, drinks, and live music events!
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. The service was spectacular, the drinks were spot on, and every dish was very tasty. The entire experience was perfect.

KS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Public Wine bar consistently has great food, excellent service, and is a very comfortable restaurant; nice decor, and not too loud. They have an excellent menu with a wide variety of dishes and we recommend it to all our friends.

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ordered small plates and had a fabulous meal

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The great food was only surpassed by outstanding service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was fantastic, the food was even better! Great music, great environment.

GR
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice happy hour choices (get the brussel sprouts!) and menu. Seafood risotto and seafood over pasta were both excellent, good quality ingredients. Nice vibe and good service.

EL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

My husband and I ate here on a Saturday night, August 3rd. The front window was open and there was no air conditioning. We were both very hot and sweating. At some point, they turned a fan on which helped only slightly. Inside the restaurant, it not very crowed and yet it was extremely loud. We were yelling at each other across the table and were having a very difficult time hearing each other. Our order was put in wrong and my food came out as an appetizer instead of an entree. Because of this error, we did not eat together. Mistakes aside, we thought the food was pretty good. They did give me a complementary glass of wine but overall, our experience here was not a great one. We would not go back here.

GR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice selection, very friendly and helpful service. Food was excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome , the starter chews and salami plate, the mains , and the bartender Anthony.... an overall great night out!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the attention to detail by owner, chef and bartender. We had a wonderful happy hour/supper and enjoyed great drinks, salads and appetizers. Spicy Salmon Tartare was amazing!

CF
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

We made reservations for my son's birthday with family for 11 people @ 11:30 on a Se first Saturday. We were the only customers in the restaurant for at least for the first 30 minutes. We ordered lunch - several had salads or soups, however, after they had cleared the salad/soup service, we waited at least another 30 min until our main dishes were served. Although the waitress did attend the table for standard drinks, water was not checked, nor refilled. One meal and a side never arrives - even after 15 min of serving the rest of the table. We had to cancel it and share entrees as all others would be done by the time it arrived. Although Ambiance was good, the service was very poor.

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

we went as a larger group, the service was REALLY slow, the food came out late. Two meals never made it out. i am going to definitely take this off my places to go.

ST
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, Love the variety on menu. Service Excellent.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great place, great food and cocktails. Service a bit slow. Very nice staff. I would definitely go back and would recommend to anyone for a nice brunch or lunch.

BB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a family gathering today to celebrate four generations for Mother’s Day! The weather was terrible. Pouring rain. We met here from NYC and Milford, CT. We were all running late!
Public Wine Bar was amazing!! We called ahead to say that we were running late! When we arrived we were so warmly greeted and reassured!! The food was fabulous! The service was excellent! It’s such a gorgeous restaurant with such kind people working there. Ten out of ten!

AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful little wine bar down in SoNo. Great food, attentive staff and not outrageously expensive. I highly recommend the short rib. The only possible downside is noise level. The restaurant itself is quite small and there is a very popular happy hour that goes to 8pm every day (pretty awesome), which can make it quite loud. Not a huge deal breaker -but worth noting.

JD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always on point... so much so that we came back here 2 times in one week's time! 2 couples enjoyed 4 appetizers - grilled calamari, lobster salad, grilled octopus and the Brussels sprouts salad. Everything was so flavorful & the service was fabulous. After dinner, the staff started moving tables around to allow for the DJ to set up, so we had a final drink at the bar. Fun night as always!

JD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I cannot wait to go back just so I can have the amazing lobster salad with avocado and grapefruit. It was so flavorful & had an incredible sauce. Quite a lovely appetizer & a very nice portion. My entree was branzino with a mustard sauce that was very tasty. My husband had octopus to start with, which was cooked perfect and he really enjoyed. His entree was lamb, which I didn't taste, but he ate every last morsel! The only reason I gave ambiance 4 stars instead of 5 was that these 2 loud guys came in to have a drink at the bar with some people they knew. They smelled like pot and were not dressed appropriately for the restaurant's atmosphere. One of them even grabbed the BASEBALL HAT off the other's head and threw it on the ground.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Overall good dining experience but always annoyed when restaurants won’t provide bread or prepare appetizers until food order is placed. Wanted to relax over quiet dinner but was a bit bothered when we didn’t get the appetizer we ordered because the chef likes to wait until customers order entrees. Food was good.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This was a fantastic meal and I would go here again and again. Top notch!

c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

A hidden gem. Food was dynamite! Selection was good. Price point was the best feature! Definitely going back sooner rather than later!!

MF
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Decided to try someplace new for my Birthday celebration. So many places to choose from in SONO but, the reviews on OpenTable drew us to Public Wine Bar. Service was very good, table ready on time and lots of great dishes to choose from for me - a very picky eater. Will definitely go back again!

J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Cozy place. Really good food. Service was a little casual (friends of the workers in the dining is offputting) but overall solid

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This is the 2nd time we’ve been to Public Wine Bar and we’ll continue to come back. The food was very good, they have happy hour from 5-8 every day, so it’s a good value and the ambiance is comfortable.

a
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The place was a great spot the food was very nice and the service was good. My only complaint was the length of time we had to wait for our food and between courses was quite long. Longer then we’d liked.

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went there for our anniversary the food was amazing. The staff were super kind super friendly. The wine was great. The ambience was great . My husband did not want to leave. We really enjoyed this restaurant We will be coming back soon.

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from start to finish was amazing! The salmon was perfect, lobster bisque fantastic. We had berries and cream for dessert delicious 😋 The Maynard white port.... our new after dinner favorite.... a must have!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Discovered Public Wine Bar only recently- good ambiance, friendly service and a good value -
Happy hour(s) are great! We’ll be back!

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been looking for a good restaurant to go to for a while. Really enjoy this place. Great food, great staff, nice owner. However, Two relatively minor things- first, the salad was a little overdressed and on the sweeter side good if you like sweeter dressings but I don’t). Second, despite identifying birthday celebration on the reservation, nothing special was done. Again, minor. Hope you try this place out.

CT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I go to Public all the time for happy hour. They have great food and drink specials and everything’s always delicious! Andrew, our bartender and server when we sat at a table recently, is attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. We will continue to frequent Public!

M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, personal service. Great food and wine menu.

LS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the food, owners, service and highly recommend it for any occasion

M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The owner was delightful! He was hands on from start to finish. Great suggestions and a nice Pri Fixe Menu option for Lunch. The Bronzino was delicious and the vegetables were very fresh. The decor was stylish and updated with exposed brick. Simple, yet elegant. I will return!

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time there, it was a very nice surprise. Decor and bar are very attractive and comfortable. Staff were very pleasant and capable, including the owner who came over twice to make sure we were happy with every thing. The food came out on time and was delicious. We had the seafood risotto and branzino.

It was great to go to restaurant where you can tell they appreciate your business and enjoy what they are doing. I will certainly go back soon. BTW their happy hour goes till 8:00.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice people, great food and good service. Reasonably priced well varied menu. Will definitely be back.

C
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Stopped at the restaurant a bit early on a Saturday night, and it was very quiet. We ordered drinks, apps and entrees. We had read that they offered a happy hour, even on weekends, but forget to ask about it. And our server did not mention it either. Our drinks were both a bit sweet, and neither seemed to have much alcohol. My warm grilled octopus salad was almost an entree sized dish, and well prepared. My wife's baked artichoke app was very good. I ordered the wild boar ragu, even though the waitress said it had a "strong" flavor. Always a fav for me, and unfortunately this dish was a disappointment. The boar was tender, but the Cabernet Sauvignon, listed in the description, was undetectable, and the dish's flavor was overwhelmed by excessive use of Parmesan. My wife ordered halibut, again even though the waitress said people didn't care for its concord grape sauce. It did help what otherwise would have been a bland dish. We each wanted glasses of wine, and were brought the wine list. When I then inquired about happy hour, we were reluctantly told glasses were only $5. Should have asked sooner. We both wished we had dined at the bar; it was the focal point of the room.

JD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

My friend and I wanted to try out this new restaurant that popped up in SoNo. Since it was raining, we sat in the back, although we had wanted to sit outside, but weather did not permit. The bread came out with olive oil and some sort of amazing sweet butter! Delicious!

So we started off with drinks - I had rose & my friend had the Pulblic Punch, which she said was very strong and too sweet. It took her the entire meal to drink it! We shared 2 appetizers - the tuna tartar and the octopus. The tuna was ok - not bad, not great... just fine. The octopus was amazing though! So well cooked and very flavorful. For entrees, my friend had pasta with chicken and wild mushrooms. She said the chicken was a little dry, but overall pretty good. I was unsure if I wanted the branzino ($21) or the halibut ($28)... I asked the waiter for his opinion on which to get and he said the halibut. Well, the sides that came with the halibut were delicious. However, the fish itself was very very bland. It was cooked well, but had zero flavor. I wished I had gotten the branzino! I believe the waiter was steering me toward the pricier dish. If not, if the branzino is worse than the halibut, yikes!!

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and choices for everyone. Lovely salads. Interesting pasta dishes and my halibut was
lovely. A nice wine selection. Service was friendly and professional. Relaxed evening.

GN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time. The service was beyond what we expected. The drinks were delicious and different :)
The food was tasty and prepared fresh. I have no complaints. Fantastic and I’ll def be back - the chocolate lava cake was sooo good !!!

OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very sophisticated menu, yet accessible. The mussels were fresh, the salmon exquisite, the shaved brussels sprout salad was uniquely delicious, and the papparedelle were authentic Italian. It was a beautiful atmosphere and the wait-staff could not have been more kind and helpful. We will return soon, there is so much more on the menu to taste!