As a student, I always try to find a place where I can get good dinner and drink. A place where you can meet up with friends, spend a good time and not be broke.
On Union Square West, between McDonald's and Heartland Brewery, Republic is a restaurant that offers a variety of Asian dishes. The menu includes small, vegetarian, broth noodles, noodles, and rice dishes. The average price of an entrée is $10.
You don't need to make reservation at Republic, it is a first come first served basis and customers share tables. Modern decor, walk passed the bar first, then the open kitchen, which makes the whole place kind of smelly, then you get to the to the area where tables are designed to look like a cafeteria. The clientele is young crowd 20's and 30's.
The service is mediocre, the menus were sticky and the tables as well.
I shared a Beef Satay for the appetizer and I had the well-known Chicken Pad Thai as an entrée. The food came relatively fast; the Beef Satay was well marinated but came a bit cold. The Pad Thai was a very generous dish, the noodles texture was good, but it was not a savory dish rather a dry one. You’ll have to add some of the spicy sauces. They garnish most dishes with a little too much parsley.
The concept of Republic is a good one, I feel that the management has some issues they should follow. I would not choose to go there again, but I will not refuse to go if some friends choose to go there. To sum it up the atmosphere, food and price are all average.