One of my favorite reasonably priced fast serving restaurant in Union Square is Republic. I went few times and have never been disappointed!
The pluses besides the prices?
- they have a nice selection of small plates that are perfect for sharing.
- several menu items are vegetarian.
- fast service.
- the noise level, especially the music.
The decor is very simple with amazing photos featuring noodles (they have several dishes made with it). There are only communal tables, but they usually sit you on your own table, except if it is too crowded.
So we decided to order small dishes.
We first shared the sauteed mini dumplings.
It was the first time we ordered this and I was surprised because I was expecting a plate similar to what I eat in a Chinese restaurant ! It was served like a salad, with cabbage, ginger, cilantro and scallions. The sauce was oyster sauce. The dumplings, made with minced pork, were light and softer than I expected. I guess the salad made it look like an healthy dish! Great dish in fact!
It was of course with some fried tofu (not greasy), cabbage, carrots, broccoli...Lots of veggies for sure with a delicious ginger dressing. Light and fresh!
I ordered the fried calamari.
For sure, I was not expecting the Italian version if the dish! It was an Asian rendition that was quite successful! It was lightly breaded calamari dipped in a spicy mayo, topped with sesame seeds.
I also ordered the Vietnamese Chicken Salad:
It was made of shredded chicken, napa cabbage, carrots, shallots, asian basil, with a ginger dressing. There was quite a lot of chicken considering it was a small dish. It was very refreshing and light.
This was again a great dinner and perfect as we were heading to a concert at Irving Plaza! Definitely a good spot for a quick, affordable and delicious food!
37 Union Sq W
New York, NY 10003
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