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Posted by Anonymous on 10/28/2007
Stopped in one night last week for a quick dinner after looking over the menu that was outside. While the menu listed about four to five items that were plant-based (my husband and I are vegan), when we got inside the waitress told us that besides two items, each of the others had fish in them, though this was not listed in the ingredients. We were told that the dishes could not be made without fish, which made us wonder if the dishes were precooked rather than made fresh. Due to us being limited to only one vegan soup, we ordered that one dish. It was sorely lacking and greatly overpriced. The broth was tasteless even after pouring tons of soy sauce into it. The vegetables were undercooked, and for a place that uses the slogan "Think Noodles," there was a pitiful amount. Overall, it tasted quite poor. (Note: We've had much better soup in places that basically boiled Chinese vegetables and then dumped in salt.) On the upside, the service was very fast despite being close to closing time, and the decor is very nice (that is, if you don't mind the possibility of strangers being seated at your table if your group has less than three people).
Posted by ting on 10/02/2007
I went here last week once and then ordered delivery tonight. I think it is great deal for the money.
Posted by JLo on 08/06/2007
Nice place to hang out and socialize.
Posted by fmcavoy on 08/06/2007
I went here with two friend for dinner on Friday. I ordered the shrimp and crab spring roll which was incredible and the peanut noodles which were really good as well though for me personally they had to much jicama though my friend disagreed with me on that point. I was amazed how fast everything came. I ordered a drink, an appetizer and an entree and the drink was actually the last thing to arrive. It had great value except for the drink which was 10 dollars for a small rocks glass, however I do realize that 10 dollars is actually on the cheap end for a drink in NYC.
Posted by drexel on 06/26/2007
I was using the wifi at Starbucks, then meeting a friend for dinner. I grabbed a menu from Republic and it looked pretty interesting, and it was clearly a popular place. The inside is sleek and modern asian with lots of tables that filled up quickly, as well as the bar that had not one empty stool by the time we left. The tables out front were also filled. That is because the food is AWESOME. First my friend got asian basil lemonade and I had a special green tea with ginger. My entree was seared salmon with brown curry rice, carrots, radishes and raisins. The portions were generous, the flavors of the various items in my bowl went perfectly together. I didn't taste my friend's noodle bowl but it looked fantastic and was definitely pleased with what he'd gotten. I'm definitely going back. Price wasn't painful either.
Posted by Ashley on 06/06/2007
So I work in the area and always passed by Republic, thinking there meals are like 20 dollars, then my co-worker came back with a menu, happy to see the prices were great, 11 dollars the most. There salmon is addicting, also try there curry duck noddles! I usually call and come pick food up for myself and my co-workers..One particualr day, my food wasn't ready, the host/cashier was very apologic and offered a extra meal...I told it was fine, but i understood where he was coming from because people on there lunch break can be really nasty and expect there food to be cooking in 2 minutes...Great place to eat, never had problems with staff very friendly.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2007
The same people who like this place must be the ones who rave about Spice. Yes, for 7 dollars the food isn't bad and does offer variety. But aside from the price this place doesn't really have anything going for it. The quality is only so-so; and no palce with so many disparate things on the menu could ever do any of them well (yes, they're all noodles, but all from completely different cuisines). You're better off picking a ramen place, thai place, or decent chinese place and get the stuff there where they do it right. Even if you've only spent 10 dollars for a meal, if it leaves you feeling unsatisfied in the end (and frankly still a big hungry), it really isn't that great of a bargain.