37 Union Sq W, New York, NY 10003
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Mongolian, Thai
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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12/02/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My friend introduced me to this place a couple years ago and I've been addicted to it ever since. There's a good combination of Vietnamese and Thai food (with a couple other combinations/some more ""modern"" stuff too). It's reasonably priced and the food is excellent. Especially the Tofu - and I was never a big fan of Tofu - but this is fried tofu with some really great sauce, granted I forget the name of it now - it's been a while. Just reminiscing.
Anyway, good stuff. At night it gets really loud and crowded. That was the only downside that I found. I found that I really enjoyed the shared tables, but I suppose that's an individual thing. Either way. Check it out. :)
10/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I took a few of my friends to Republic and we had a great time. Reservations aren't taken, which turned out to be ok because the bartenders whip up the best drinks and FAST! Definitely get a picher - it so worth it! Our host was also really helpful in keeping us updated on our table. We enjoyed great fusion Asian food in the electric yet boisterous atmosphere. Our waiter was very opinionated in steering us to the right dishes and the food is super fast, considering the place was packed. You MUST try the Salmon with rice, the Grilled Beef, Spicy coconut chicken to name a few. It is great value for your dollar.
If you're in lower Manhattan Republic is a must. It is a Union Square institution
10/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been coming to this noodle house in Union Square for years. Although there can be a wait at times (does not take reservations), I can generally get in and out of this restaurant fairly quick. It's great for lunch time and usually sit at the long counter if eating alone. What I love most about this establishment is their delicious bowl of soups...especially this time of year.
08/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
BEWARE OF PAUL!
The guy lackadaisically standing at the hosting stand is rude, discourteous, obscene and offensive. Based on this one person alone, I will never eat here again. We asked for a copy of a past receipt for expenses because my boss lost his bag, and the lady on the phone told me that it would be no problem- we can get you a few receipts. A week later, both my intern and myself called, and Paul rudely told us he was only filling the first half of the request- that my ""idiot"" boss should stop losing receipts and that he was just too busy and important to help us further. When I asked if he could do me this one favor once more, he proceeded to patronize me by telling me he couldn't dumb it down any further- NO. Instead, he stood talking at the counter (extremely busy of course) and this man is NOT TO BE TRUSTED. Lord knows what he does with the food. He was extremely rude to me and my intern so I made a personal appearance and SMILED as he said no. Do not eat here if you're looking to have a nice relaxing dinner. Go down the block to blue water grill instead. At least their snobbery is comparable to their pricing.
07/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My 2.5 year old is allergic to seaood. The restaurant was empty and we asked them to leave out the fish sauce. The manager told me that I should not eat there since they will not make any changes....incl just leaving out the sauce. Very rude and obnoxious. Totally oblivious to how to deal with customers. Will definitely not go back and will tell all my friend to avoid. Much better restaurants in the area in the same price range.
05/02/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Walking into Republic at 5PM on a hot Sunday, all I wanted to do is get some icy cold drinks and some food in my tummy.
I went for the coconut lime cooler. It definitely helped me cool down. It is very sweet and tarty.
I ordered glass noodles for my entree and it was huge. The whole plate was full of glass noodles, chicken, and vegetable. I was really hungry but I barely finished it.
I am curious to come back now for other dishes!
02/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
my husband and out of town guests went in on a saturday night. the waitress misunderstood part of the order so when it came we asked to return it for what we ordered,. she said she would but we would not get it off the bill. we asked for the manager who INSISTED that this is a waste of food and we would have to pay for it! can you imagine. i thought for a minute that we were on a prank show bc never in a ny restaurant have i witnessed such an arrogant attitude from a manager about a $15 dish where his staff had clearly made an error. Let me preface this with the fact that we eat there all the time and have been ordering delivery from there consistently since 2002. That's a 7 year customer that poor management just alienated. I'm going back to get the manager's name tomorrow so i can report him to corporate. i''m just appalled.
04/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Had the duck curry noodles -- a heaping portion, but unfortunatlely, it was very oily, and nothing special. I've had better meals at Spice for the same price. the food definitely felt heavier than how i'd imagined it when i decided to order it.
The host this afternoon wasn't exactly helpful, and the server was very slow and gave me the check a moment after giving me my entree... Not exactly rude, but definitely lacking a little tact.
01/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Republic is a Asian fusion restaurant- meaning don't expect traditional Chinese food. If you want that, then go to Chinatown. Be warned: drink refills are NOT free ; and you're charged a lot for sodas in small glasses. The spicy beef broth noodle soup is a favorite of mine. If you do not like cilantro, warn your waiter. Service tends to be spotty for my visits: prime time hours, wait staff are pretty busy and don't pay enough attention to you. I've taken several friends here and they leave pretty happy with the dishes. I would encourage the management to work on waiter service and walk around asking customers about their experiences, it *definitely* needs improvement.
01/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Earlier today i had my first experience at Republic. Let me tell you that it was probably the worst experience i have ever had in a food establishment..... EVER.
I was served the worst bowel of wonton soup ever, not to mention the most revolting green tea on earth. But i think that the most interesting aspect of the visit wasn't the food it was the service. Our waiter never returned to the table to see if everything was ok, or to offer refills, or anything like that. The host, when approached, was a smart a** and the manager never came to the table to fix anything or apologize. I come from a food background and i would have to say that this whole incident was miss handled from the beginning.
12/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ive been to republic roughly 2-trillion times - its cheap as hell and always hits the spot - Try the grilled beef - watercress salad - spicy beef soup - chicken lime soup - ive tried pretty much everything but those are my favs -
Summertime at republic is the best because they have outdoor seating - great people watching around the park and a nice place to sit and read while you chow down. Indoor seating involves you sitting down at cafeteria style tables with strangers - it isnt great but its not a deal breaker - All this talk about Republic is making me want some - hmmm....think i may head over there now and pick something up...holllerrrrrrr
10/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We just ate here for my wife's birthday. A few hours later my wife got horrifically sick from the food. Not only was her birthday ruined but when I called to speak to the manager he was shady. He wouldn't even tell me his name. Rather than apologizing he claimed that it wasn't their fault because it hadn't been a full 6 hours since we ate there. (Which is untrue, some bacteria can attack you within an hour.)
I have a feeling that we aren't the only one's to have been affected by tainted food recently.
I will never go here again, and I don't recommend you do either. It's not worth the trouble.
07/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is the PERFECT casual dining spot. Everything on the menu is relatively inexpensive, but the quality is fantastic, and the portions are always huge. Where else in NYC can you order a watercress salad that's actually big enough to be a meal (okay, well, depending on how hungry you are...), for $4? You pay $4 for a bowl of rice at some restaurants! This is a great summer restaurant, especially if you sit outside. I recommend their Frozen Lychee martini (but be warned, it's thick enough to be a smoothie) and for dessert, the Black Sesame ice cream.
06/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I personally was put off by the whole fusion thing. my vegetable red curry soup was too weird. mix of indian/thai/chinese. really odd. the starters we ordered were the seafood wontons which were oily but okay to taste. the fried tofu was just average. mango-papaya salad was nice. we also got a mixed fried rice which was average. overall, this place is okay for those who like the whole mix-match fusion thing. I did not like it and I did not find the food to be all that great.