Dine Out : Public Kitchen

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I'm going to preface this review by disclosing a a few personal facts. I don't particularly care for brunch or eating outside. I don't like most breakfast foods. Well the savory stuff is okay but sugar laden pastries, pancakes, waffles and french toast are a no go for me. And the outdoor thing refers more to busy sidewalks bustling with pedestrians and car traffic. I made an exception for brunch at the Public Kitchen because of their mostly non-breakfast menu and their lush enclosed outdoor garden.

Located inside the Public Hotel on the Lower East Side, Public Kitchen is an establishment of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  And like his other restaurants, it offers a local and seasonal menu that focuses on sustainable seafood, organic poultry, grass-fed meats and fresh, organic green market fruits and vegetables.  While Jean-Georges’ signature style is integral to the menu, the continental cuisine is a nod to the kaleidoscope of cultures in New York City. The ground floor space features a contemporary indoor dining room with a partially open kitchen with a wood burning oven and grill and floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of their airy outdoor garden.

This menu is vegetarian friendly. We ordered three dishes to share: Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes, Black Truffle Pizza and Roasted Cauliflower with grainy mustard sauce. The crispy latkes topped with smoked salmon folded with lox and sour cream were a nice contrast of taste and textures but a tad too salty. The black truffle pizza which is a signature Jean-Georges dish is something I've tried before. This brunch version is topped with a farm egg. The runny egg combined with the creamy cheese and crispy dough was tasty but it was distinctly missing the black truffle flavor. The roasted cauliflower was well cooked and the spicy tang of the grainy mustard sauce enhanced it's natural sweetness. This is a lot of food for two people and we ended up not being able to finish it all.

The al fresco garden space is lovely especially when the weather is nice. While our waitress was very sweet, the service in general was very slow.  We didn't get any water until after we ordered, our food took awhile and the bread basket arrived after we were already immersed in our meal. For the prices they charge, one would expect much better. If you're looking for the Jean-Georges experience in NYC, better to go to ABC Kitchen.

How do you feel about brunch and/or eating outdoors?

Public Kitchen
215 Chrystie Street (at the Public Hotel)
New York City
$$$ - $$$$

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Beauty Unearthly said...

Hello, thanks for the information. Have a nice day

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

Wow, this is such a great place to visit. The name 'Public kitchen' is so attractive. I wish I could visit this lovely place :)I hope I will check this kitchen one day :)Thanks for this information <3
Have a great day <3

Emmylou said...

Dang! These look so yummy, Rowena:) Even without the black truffle flavour, I wouldn't mind that pizza (and I'm not a big pizza fan!). And depending on the location, I actually don't mind eating outside. The problem is when it's in a restaurant right by a super busy street. I don't like too many people seeing my food, or tasting car fumes:D

Pilar said...

This sounds like a great restaurant, and the food looks delicious! I'm not a fan of eating outside either! Have a great weekend Rowena!

Paola Lauretano said...

Such a lovely place and the food looks delicious!
Kisses, Paola.


Ivana Split said...

I'm fine with brunch but not if it includes croissants and things like that. My idea of a brunch is just an early lunch, with stuff one would eat for lunch if one was hungry or skipped breakfast. It seems good you gave Public Kitchen a try. The food looks delicious.

Shireen L. Platt said...

Shame about the service being slow because the food looks delicious. I am not a fan of eating outside too, mainly because I'm paranoid about flies landing on my meal.

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GlamourZONE said...

The place is beautiful. Am not a fun of breakfast out of the house. I love pancakes though and potatoes

Mica said...

It's a shame the service wasn't the best as it does look like good food!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far! :)

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Gabrielle said...

It's a pity about the pace of service, although happy to hear your waitress was sweet! Also, absolutely adore the look of the dreamy outdoor dining space - how lovely :)

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Kinga K. said...

How beautiful ❤

Sakuranko said...

The food looks amazing and the place very comfy
Thanks to heaven I am eating right now

Unknown said...

Awesome pictures!

Have a nice evening!
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Lyosha Varezhkina said...

Open kitchens are always attractive and fun! Nice place and food makes me starve

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sonia // daring coco said...

I love doing brunch, but I always associate brunch with savoury, not sweet. I'm not a breakfast person in general so the idea of pancakes or cookie dough sliders makes my stomach churn (though I am partial to granolas or chia super food bowls). I'm more of an eggs hollandaise or greens on toast kind of gal so this place would definitely be noteworthy for me