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Republic Cafe--Gastropubbing comes to Manchvegas!

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Republic Cafe--Gastropubbing comes to Manchvegas!

whs | Feb 10, 2010 02:53 PM

A great new addition to downtown Manchester--If we had a Left Bank, this place would be our Cafe de Flore. Is the reference too obscure? Here's the link: http://republiccafe.com/ It's a beautiful, lofty space, open from 7am to 10pm, right on Elm Street. You can drop in for a morning coffee and read a newspaper with a pastry, grab a quick lunch, have a glass of wine or afternoon tea, or go for a really tasty dinner, which is what we did last night. My falafel-crusted cod with frites was outstanding, as were the mushroom bolognese over polenta, and the kefta--spiced lamb with a yogurt sauce. Dessert were little greek beignets with honey and pistachios, light as air. The bartender is Sean, who made a killer Manhattan. He is passionate about his mixology. I really hope this place catches on; they may have to add a burger and a steak to lure in more cautious i.e. NH eaters. (Our dining companion was conflicted about her risotto, something that's not on the menu at her usual haunt, the Puritan Back Room.)

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