First Republic Lounge
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My Fiancé and I decided to have our engagement party here and it was the worse experience ever. I called to schedule a party and left multiple messages for a manager to call me back and they never did. Once we told a friend about our experience (She is close with the owner) we received a call back from a manger to book the party. By this time I was so annoyed with the lack of professionalism that I was looking to have the party elsewhere. But because my fiancé is Haitian, I thought this would be the best way to represent his culture for our party. So we decided to have the party there. Once we met with the manager she was very rude and gave us short answers to the questions we had about our event.
Fast forward to our party... Our party started at 1:00pm and we agreed that my family can get there at 12:00pm to begin setting up. At 12:15pm I received a call that no one was at the restaurant and the doors were locked. When we called the manager she claimed that she was unaware that the restaurant was closed and she was on her way to open up. I was beyond upset! I would assume if a restaurant is having an event, there would be bartender/cooks there getting everything ready prior to the event. On the day of the party the temperature was 85 degrees. Once we got to the place the air was not fully circulated and was hot and uncomfortable inside the restaurant. When we expressed how upset we were about what was happening, we were told by management to relax and that everything is now fine.
And lastly, the service was terrible!! As we were blessing the food, the bartenders were talking so loud that we had to pause our prayer to tell them the shut up. I am beyond disappointed with the service that we received from this place. Even though the food was great, it is not enough for me to EVER support this establishment again!
Best Haitian place I've ever been to, the food was to die for
This was our second time visiting this restaurant. The service is friendly and prompt. Everything we've tried, both food and drinks were delicious. We arrived late for our reservation and we were still seated immediately. I guess that's because my husband and I eat dinner early that day (about 7ish). We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will return again.
Being Haitian, I love the authenticity of the food.
My daughter recommended the place . She is well versed in Haitian food having grown up eating mom great cooking so i took the recommendation .
i was not disappointed the food is out of this world. it was so good my friend and I ordered 3 take outs : the conch and 2 fishes(poisson gros sel ) with rice and fried plaintains.
I shall be back soon
First Republic is a bar that serves really good food that turns into a nightclub after 11 PM? The food was excellent but the service was terrible! Do not dwell on the service, because the food is definitely worth trip. My compliments to the chef.
From the time my husband and I walked in until the time we walked out, we enjoyed every second of being at First Republic. The Service is AMAZING! the food, OMG Outstanding! My Drinks were PERFECT! Our Dinner Date spent at First Republic is worth every penny! My husband and I will be enjoying dinner at FR this coming week as well.
They did not have record of our reservation - which I plan on contacting Open Table to find out what happened... luckily I called ahead and they were able to accomodate us. They did, however, put us near a very loud speaker which as the night grew later - was even worse due to the dj. The food was all ok, service was also ok - but the nightlife vibe was pretty good.
First Republic Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 355-3940.
First Republic Lounge is rated 4.2 stars by 9 OpenTable diners.