Quick Bite

First Republic in Elizabeth Celebrates Haitian Cuisine, Heritage

The club-like bar and restaurant is an ode to the Caribbean country's history.

The Tour of Haiti sampler at First Republic in Elizabeth.
The Tour of Haiti sampler at First Republic in Elizabeth. Photo courtesy of Deborah P. Carter

STYLE

Sultry, with a club-like setting. Booths (including one that is curtained and reservable) and tables available, plus a bar area. From décor to cuisine, the vibe is all Haitian here. 

THE SCOOP

Co-owner Stanley Neron says his restaurant is meant to honor Haiti for being the first to successfully revolt against enslavement and establish an independent country.

THE MENU

The Tour of Haiti sampler makes a great intro. It comes with akra (a yam-like fritter heightened with garlic, scallions and herbs), plantains and your choice of marinated meat (goat, shrimp, fried basa fish, beef or griot—pork shoulder). Or try a universal favorite: chicken wings. Have them fried or pike—cooked spicy hot with Scotch Bonnet peppers. For entrées, the Griot features tender fried pork with a delicious spicy/tangy marinade of chili peppers, onions and citrus. It’s served with pikliz, a bright, pickled slaw of cabbage and peppers that balances the meat’s spice. Other traditional Haitian chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes also available.

HEADS UP

Street parking and a municipal lot are available.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Haitian
  • Price Range:
    Moderate
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