I remember when this restaurant first opened in 1996 - the menu has stayed the same for 15+ years, but it is still fast, fresh, and affordable (by NYC standards.)
My go-to is the Wheat Noodle Salad. Very good flavor combinations with peanut and mint, but the star are the noodles. Chewy, but tender.
Had a lychee martini, and it was refreshing with chewy bits of fruit. Sat at the bar, and had my food in front of me 5 minutes after ordering it.
My only complaint is the loud atmosphere. It can be a deafening din when it fills up. Has always been a problem.
I have taken countless visitors to Republic, back when I lived near NYU. All have enjoyed it.