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PUBLIC: One of the Best Places in Nolita

The other day we were driving around the neighborhood looking for a spot, which is pretty easy in Nolita. While driving up Elizabeth Street we past some of our staple restaurants – Peasant, The Egg Shop, Fonda Nolita (Tacombi), Musket Room… the list goes on. As we passed PUBLIC, we both looked at each other and said how much we missed PUBLIC.

We went to PUBLIC about two years ago when I first moved into the neighborhood – and it is still one of my favorite places to go in New York.

It all started one night when we stopped in to see if there were any open tables last minute, which there weren’t as it was a beautiful spring day and it was busy as per usual. So we went in, asked the host – to which she directed us to The Daily. The Daily was really cool, and I was happy we were able to get a seat and hangout on one of their tufted leather couches, order some small plates and some drinks. This was our first time at The Daily, but definitely not the last.

While hanging out inside the girls couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was inside PUBLIC – and they were right. Don’t get me wrong, The Daily is really cool in it’s own way, but PUBLIC is a sight to be seen. Exposed brick, subway tiles, industrial lights, vintage mailboxes, cool candles, and a glass garage door that overlooks Elizabeth Street Gardens. If you took a woman here and didn’t get laid after, you are doing it wrong. I mean, the owners/designers received a James Beard Foundation award for  Best Restaurant Design @ PUBLIC. Those things don’t come easy…

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So we all decided we would come back to PUBLIC for dinner. Not feeling like waiting on other people schedules, both Nicole and myself decided screw it – we are going by ourselves.

On that night we walked up the block, and with every step I got more and more excited for this SEVEN-times Michelin Stared dinner. To win anything seven years in a row is impressive, but to win the coveted Michelin Star definitely speaks for the amazing place they manage.

We ordered two specials which included a watermelon salad with feta, and a squid ink pasta dish that was unreal. We also split the octopus, because as you can see by now we are pulpo-addicts. The eight legged creature was served with piquillo pepper purée, warm potato salad, pickled chiles and three herb pistou.

For dinner I was stuck between venison, lamb, and duck. We had recently returned from Spain, and while there I had some excellent venison while dining at El Xalet de Montjuïc, which really put me on a venison kick. Lamb, I had the week before at Il Buco, which was also delicious. Which leaves me to Duck, which the waitress assured me was one of their best dishes. She was right, this was one of the best pieces of duck I have had in a long time. I would even go as far as saying it is up there with Gramercy Tavern, which is a legendary dish to me. I have contemplated on many occasions walking up the block, sitting at the bar and ordering this dish again.

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Now about 2 years later, we actually were thinking about doing our wedding at PUBLIC. Yea, we are that obsessed. The space as I mentioned above is absolutely stunning, and the food amazing. We were both so much in love with the place that I considered cutting out some friends and family from the invite list so we can have the wedding there, but unfortunately I was over-ruled.

Since we are not having the wedding here I may have to convince her that we should join the PUBLIC Wine Mailbox Program. As I discussed earlier, there are some vintage mailboxes through out the space. Along with those, some pretty cool keys that unlock them. For $50/per month their Wine Mailbox Program brings you a bottle of wine every month in your very own PUBLIC bronze mailbox. Each artisanal wine from Australia, New Zealand, and around the globe, is hand-selected by Chef Brad Farmerie. But that is not all, you also receive tasting notes, pairings, and sometimes imported food items, and PUBLIC kitchen creations. And, if you thought this deal couldn’t get better – there is more: you will receive invitations to PUBLIC special events and private tastings. Rumor has it, you also receive some special access to their reservation line…

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2015 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

Here is the full list of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award (Provided by Tejal Rao @ Bloomberg).

Best New Restaurant
Bâtard, New York

Outstanding Baker
Jim Lahey
Sullivan Street Bakery, New York

Outstanding Bar Program
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony
Gramercy Tavern, New York

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar, New York

Outstanding Restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia
One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others), Chicago

Outstanding Service
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Rajat Parr
Mina Group, San Francisco

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jessica Largey
Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.

Best Chef: Great Lakes (Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio)
Jonathon Sawyer
Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., Del., Md., N.J., Pa., Va.)
Spike Gjerde
Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Best Chef: Midwest (Iowa, Kans., Minn., Mo., N.D., Neb., S.D., Wisc.)
Gerard Craft
Niche, Clayton, Mo.

Best Chef: New York (Five Boroughs)
Mark Ladner
Del Posto

Best Chef: Northeast (Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., N.Y., R.I., Vt.)
Barry Maiden
Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Mass.

Best Chef: Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Mont., Ore., Wash., Wyo.)
Blaine Wetzel
The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, Wash.

Best Chef: South (Ala., Ark., Fla, La., Miss., Puerto Rico)
Alon Shaya
Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (Ga., Ky., N.C., S.C., Tenn., W.V.)
Jason Stanhope
FIG, Charleston, S.C.

Best Chef: Southwest (Ariz., Colo., N.M., Okla., Tex., Utah)
Aaron Franklin
Franklin Barbecue, Austin, Tex.

Best Chef: West (Calif., Hawaii, Nev.)
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

2015 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics

Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, Iowa
Owner: Robert Rand

Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, Ky.
Owners: Elizabeth and Dixon Dedman, Helen and Chuck Dedman

Guelaguetza, Los Angeles
Owners: The Lopez Family

Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Richmond, Va.
Owners: Martha Crowe Jones and Scott Jones

Sevilla Restaurant, New York
Owners: Jose Lloves and Bienvenido Alvarez

2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America

Allan Benton, Pork Producer and Purveyor, Madisonville, Tenn.

Dale DeGroff, Mixologist, New York, N.Y.

Wylie Dufresne, Chef and Restaurateur, New York, N.Y.

Nathalie Dupree, Cookbook Author and Television Personality, Charleston, S.C.

Maricel Presilla, Chef, Restaurateur, and Cookbook Author, Hoboken, N.J.

2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Michel Nischan, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave, Westport, Conn.

2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Design Awards

75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since Jan. 1, 2012)
Design Firm: Bureau of Architecture and Design
Designers: Tom Nahabedian and James Gorski
Project: Brindille, Chicago

76 Seats and Over (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since Jan. 1, 2012)
Design Firm: SOMA
Designers: Michel Abboud

Charles Tyrwhitt