2003 BEST Group Dining, Affordable
It’s not often you can slink up to a hostess with 15 of your closest friends and expect that you’ll be quickly seated—let alone get a drink and some nibblies without a side of attitude. Pho Republique may in fact be the only restaurant in town where the more really is the merrier: This Washington Street hot spot graciously handles large groups with ease—hell, even with verve. The inventive drink menu (beware the potent sake martinis and house sangria) and an affordably priced pan-Asian menu with options to please everyone (from shrimp rangoon spring rolls to steaming, aromatic bowls of pho) add up to a place where even the pickiest diners will be pleased. Best of all, the accommodating staff’s unusual make-yourself-at-home attitude means a group can linger until the last drop of sangria is gone.