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Posted by Eddy on 07/22/2009
There wasn't anything special about this Asian food and since there's endless number of Great Asian food around - there's no reason to go there. I tried it twice and the food was dry and tasteless. I find no reason to go back
Posted by anonymous on 06/08/2009
I have been here two times. First time I had a broth noodle dish, beef one and it was very blant. Second time I tried the spciy duck curry and my bf had the pad thai. Both were not good. Come on now! Thai places usually have very tasty dishes. The noodles tasted like they were just boiled and they threw some sauce on it afterwards and some veggies. The taste of the dishes dont hold together in your mouth, just falls apart! So disappointing....
Posted by standards on 05/04/2009
If it weren't for the reviews on this site I probably never would have dined at the restaurant. First of all, with a decor styled to invite chic dressed diners I was surprised to find the table accommodations to be like cafeteria seating. Some people may like dining at literally the same table and share the same seats on a bench; I would have rather payed 2 dollars for the same experience on the subway. Service: Our server was, well, stone faced. Upon entering the restaurant my guest and I were casually called over by the waving of fingers from across the dining room then sat down with our menus without so much as a word. Our server came over nearly ten minutes later and asked us for our order (neglecting to first ask for drinks). Never mentioning a name or offering more then the occasional look at our water glasses. Not once did we hear "welcome to Republic" or "thank you". Food: Our appetizers came right away, and hot I might add. The dumplings were rather tasteless and had a texture that erred on play-dough and tapioca. The beef satay on the other hand was quite good, marinated nicely with a tangy sauce. Shooting one at of two might lead you to believe the entres would have only been at least better then the previous offering. After a prolonged wait they did actually arrive. My guest had the wonton soup. The broth had a nice spicy bite with a creamy texture, but the noodles were a bit too soft. the wontons themselves were awkwardly shaped in a way I can only describe as similar to the birdie in the game "bad mitten". It was strange and even stranger to try and maneuver then into your mouth with the provided spoon. Luckily, a fork (which had to be requested) solved our odd dilemma. Then there was my pad thai. I can't argue that this place was expensive, but for $13 for this entree I would think a few more than 3 shrimp would be acceptable. Beyond that, my carrots were not even close to being cooked all the way and the sprouts laden at the bottom had obviously just come off a refrigerated line and straight to the bottom of my cold plate. And finally, I urge anyone that goes to this restaurant to order the ice coffee, take it to go and then taste it side by side to a Starbucks can of Ice Coffee and try to find a difference in flavor. If my drink did not come straight out of a can I would be surprised.
Posted by Addy on 03/28/2009
I love this place! Their soups are amazing...my favorite is the salmon coconut broth noodles. Delish! I do agree that the seating is interesting. It's like long picnic tables and other people can sit right next to during dinner. It also can get very loud there, but that's what NYC is all about. The prices are a steal for being right in 1 of the most popular areas of the city! Good for the pocket and the stomach!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2009
I recommend the spicy beef. The location is excellent, the food is great, the servers are prompt and polite. Great value. What's not to like?
Posted by Anonymous on 12/26/2008
I've been to Republic several times in the past and the food was inexpensive and excellent. I had lunch there today and not only has the price gone up, but the food was very disappointing. I had the Lime Chicken and it hardly tasted like anything, and my friend had the glass noodles, which smelled off. We both smelled it and agreed that it was inedible. When we asked for it to be taken back, the waiter asked if he had tasted it yet, despite what it smelled like, and then said he needed to check with the manager before he could make something else. Bad, bad, bad experience all the way around.
Posted by Elina on 10/31/2008
I used to come here all the time with my friends, and they always had the most amazing food for under 10 dollars. I went back a few days ago, and not only noticed that nothing was under 10 dollars anymore...but the Pad Thai that I ordered was very disappointing. They used to make it so well! I sent back my food immediately! Not only did the waiter have "to get the manager" because I returned my order, but at the end of our meal he never brought back our change (which we were going to leave ALL to him, but still, most restaurants bring you back change!) The Pad Thai was sloppy and wet, the portions have decreased, and, well, it smells like feet.