37 Union Sq. West, New York, NY, 10003
nr. 16th St.
By nykim23 on 6/26/2007
I went here with a friend on a Sunday afternoon, attracted mainly by the outdoor seating. It was not worth the prime people watching local-- the tables were so close together that we were practically rubbing elbows with the couple next to us. Also, the service was ridiculously slow; my friend went to the Verizon store a couple of blocks away to pick up her broken phone and by the time she returned, I still hadn't seen a single waiter step onto the terrace. As for the food: our drinks were actually delicious-- Asian Basil Tea and some Coconut Lime drink (though mine didn't come until about a half an hour into our lunch)-- and the coconut shrimp appetizer was decent, so we were expecting good things. However, the pad thai was disgusting-- the worst meal I have ever had in New York (and how hard is it to mess up pad thai?). My friend's curried duck noodles were unusual tasting but rather bland, and nothing to write home about. Needless to say, I am never eating here again, and I don't recommend it to anyone.
By ceh on 6/20/2007
I was surprised with the size; it looks like an open, modern eatery instead of the cramped space I was expecting. I loved the large prints on the walls which added a coffeehouse feel. I'm not a huge fan of communal tables. Food- filling, but some dishes lacked flavor and excitement. Service- unimpressive and inconsistent. Our server was helpful when deciding what to order; he provided recommendations and warnings. Payment was slow to the point of frustration (more than 15 minutes). During the meal, water service was acceptable; the glasses are small so it's difficult to keep them filled. Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere and everyone was satisfied with their food. It definitely had a trendier feel to it, and it's not for the hard of hearing or intimate heart-to-hearts. If you're looking in Union Square for decent food at inexpensive prices, and you don't mind possibly sharing space with strangers, this place is a good idea.
By Mellychops on 1/31/2007
The salmon in itself is good not great. However, everything else (curry rice w/ raisins and carrot slices) put it over the top for me. The melody of flavors going on in this dish is very pleasant. It's a matter of bang for the buck and Republic has the bang.
By Sugakane on 9/23/2006
Republicâ€™s atmosphere is about as conducive to dining as the subway at rush hour is to taking a nap. The food is a notch or two below franchises like Lemongrass. Republicâ€™s Pad Thai, loved by the New York Magazine food critic, was mediocre but it is cheap. However cheap isnâ€™t enough to make the atmosphere any more tolerable. Itâ€™s loud, somebody growls on the P.A. constantly, the benches hurt and they put the next party at your table with you so you canâ€™t even shout over the constant din without helping to ruin someone elseâ€™s meal. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Or get take-out from Lemongrass and eat it on the 4 train.
By Adabella on 1/11/2006
I can't stay away from Republic, it calls my name. I just moved into the city recently, but I had been there a couple times before, when I was just visiting. Try their shrimp appetizer--amazing! Also, they have fabulous drinks. A bit noisy, but if you're young and like to have fun, why not? Sure you could end up next to a loud-mouthed idiot, or--next to an awesome couple who you end up having drinks WITH...later on...try it, at least!!
By kosherdave on 8/17/2005
Filled with an excited young vibe, Republic is a cool trendy place to take your visitors, friends or a date when you want a fun dining experience that won’t empty your pocketbook. Due to the open atmosphere of the restaurant, you should not plan on having any serious business meetings here and it may not be the kind of place for small children, especially if they are prone to loud outbursts, which will travel even more in this setting. check ou my full review on http://www.epinions.com/content_193290538628
By afterxleep on 8/9/2005
The food was ok, although the place is too noisy and crowded even on a monday night.
By Rachel456 on 12/24/2004
the food and the price are right, and the ambience is fairly unique-- the word "fun" comes to mind. try the pineapple martini!
By vtavgjoe on 1/22/2004
We were greeted by a snappy hostess telling us to stay behind a certain line, because there really was no clear place to get on the list, and the person with the list didn't ever make eye contact, but once we were seated, the experience was awesome. The food was fresh, a new spin on old stuff, with some new stuff. I agree w/ whoever said it resembles wagamama's. The service after being seated was extremely fast, and polite. Don't try to keep a conversation up over the din though.
By jillybean on 11/19/2003
As a huge fan of the Wagamama chain in London, I was delighted to discover Republic, the closest thing in NYC. Sure, the tables are shared, the benches are hard but the food is terrific, the prices moderate, the service efficient and it's a lot of value!