By any measure, 10 years is a long time. In New York City, it’s an eternity. Our skyline is constantly changing, chain stores keep popping up everywhere, and new neighborhoods are sprouting up… all amidst what feels like a never ending battle. Not sure what we’re always fighting for, but we’re fighting. When a restaurant makes it to its 10th birthday, it’s the food equivalent of marking the Bicentennial. And worth a celebration.
Public is a Michellin star rated and James Beard Foundation awarded restaurant located in Nolita. Owned, operated and designed by the AvroKO group, they pioneered the style of turning cold industrial spaces into warm, sexy, inviting restaurants. The menu is unique, drawing inspiration from New Zealand and Australia, complete with kangaroo. This makes for fun date conversations when deciding what to try or if you just want to test your date’s adventurous spirit.
The recent 10th anniversary party was a thank you soiree for their loyal friends, and another introduction to some eclectic eats. They had a nice selection of little bites all beautifully presented. Mini bowls of smoked laksa (spicy noodle soup) with pumpkin and ramen was a highlight, along with mini panna cotta and little sliders with cranberry chutney.
On the other side of the room they laid out some press clippings and wedding reception invites, thank you notes collected over the years. Much like laying out old wartime memorabilia, it was a reflection of how far they’ve come and how much they’ve endured. I looked around and it wasn’t the usual vacant gaze of the entitled beautiful folk, there was a feel of true support. I don’t know what the crowd looked like after I ventured back into the cold, but for now I think Public is in the safe hands of its creators and loyal friends who will hopefully see it through to the next centennial.