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Posted by native new yorker on 02/22/2006
We went to what used to be one of my favorite restaurants in NYC on Feb. 20th. The food is still good and the prices are reasonable. However, the service can best be described as surly. Folks, you are in a service industry, so if you do not like your job, by all means do something else. New York City is filled with hundreds of fine restaurants, which we will frequent from now on. What makes me the most sad is that Republic has become the stereotypical obnoxious NYC restaurant
Posted by Vanessa on 01/26/2006
I am amazed on how packed this place gets. Why? I do not know. I am still trying to figure out. The food is NOT that good. The pad thai was ok. There are by far, better thai places in NYC. The only thing good are the prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/11/2006
I always forget that I vow to never go back to Republic (probably because the food is good/cheap/quick), and each time I regret going. The attitude from the staff is staggering. One time I tried to complain to the manager about an issue I had with a server, and the manager didn't even care! This past time, the place was dead and the hostess would not seat me unitl the other person in my party showed up while I was about to pass out from low bloodsugar.
Posted by Mandy on 01/11/2006
The noodles I had was supurb. But the service was poor. There were too many customers and therefore too noisy for me to enjoy the food. I went to the restroom after I paid the bill. After I came back (like 3 min later), my backpack and jacket that I had left on the bench were gone! The waitress'd already moved my stuff away to make room for other customers. It was rude. I won't go there again though the noodles were the best I had in the States.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/10/2006
Good thing i wasnt on a romantic date. I could barely hear from friend talk. Service was ok. Waitress was nice, just waited a little too long to put the drink order in. I ordered the pad thai. They need to relax on the carrots. Very over powering. I've had better pad thai than this place. I never even was offered the 3 sauces to cover up the bland taste. That is not pad thai to me.
Posted by suz on 12/27/2005
The food here is pretty good, but the classic standby dishes are better than the more exotic fare. The place is very cute and has a pleasant atmosphere, but as other reviewers noted, it can get quite crowded and noisy. The use of benches as a primary form of seating pretty much implies that this is a place to eat, not to hang out. The bar area is fun, but it's also primarily used as a spot to loiter at while waiting for a table. Presentation is great, and the crowd is mainly pointy-shoed, blow-dried locals. The pad thai and the coconut shrimp rock.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/15/2005
The food is OK and the price is cheap. However, the portion is quite small. It's very noisy, you have to scream to your friends. The seats are very close together, so privacy is limited. I would not go there again because I like to be comfortable if I am paying.