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“Funky place with interesting food”
Review of AS220

AS220
Ranked #52 of 132 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: The Empire Street complex is one of three buildings owned and operated by AS220. The Empire Street complex houses The Bar at AS220, AS220 Foo(d), AS220's Performance Space, AS220 Youth (serving young people 14-20), the Paul Krot B&W Community Darkrooms, 3 of 4 Visual Art Exhibition Spaces, 15 live/work and work studios for artists, and the 95 Empire black box theater, dance studio and classroom spaces. Empire Street is also home to commercial tenants: Roberto's Barber Shop and Muldowney's Pub. AS220's other locations are the Dreyfus, 95 Mathewson St, where you can find the Project Space Gallery, and the Mercantile Block, 131 Washington St, which houses, among other things, AS220 Photo, AS220 Labs, and its publicly accessible Printshop.
Reviewed 11 November 2012

Good, fast food in a small restaurant. Looked like most people stopped by to get lunch to go. My colleague and I ate lunch there and were able to hold a business meeting. There were plenty of vegan options, and the food was satisfying. Would recommend this to anyone looking for quick food that's not "fast food"!

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Reviewed 18 September 2011

AS220 came highly recommended from a friend whose daughter had recently graduated from Brown. We are both fans of our local farmers' markets, and love "eating local". On a recent visit to Providence, my daughter and I decided to stop in for a quick lunch on the way to the airport. We shared only a few dishes, but each was fresh, innovative and delicious. I really can't eat lettuce from an industrial plastic bag anymore, after being spoiled by lettuce at my local farmers' market each week. AS220 did not disappoint. We ordered a simple salad, which came with the most delicious and tender lettuce and radishes, and a a light, tasty lemon vinaigrette. The bowl of crispy chickpeas with paprika, basil and garlic was perfect; the chickpeas firm but tender, coated with savory goodness. Finally we shared a grilled chicken sandwich with basil pesto and pickled onions on flatbread. The chicken tasted local and fresh, which is amazingly different! Or maybe it was just cooked perfectly. (I did notice that there was a list of local farms on the front window, but didn't see if the all meats and poultry were locally sourced.)
This is a great place to catch a quick, delicious meal. It's pretty low key; you place your order at the counter, find yourself an old wooden table and wait for your order to be called.
It's by no means fancy, but the food is freshly made. It's also got really good vegetarian and vegan options. Check out the menu online. If that appeals, the food is well executed and worth a swing by when in Providence!

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Reviewed 22 July 2011

I love the location because I work around the corner and there isn't a lot of options for a vegan. I've probably gone there about a dozen times, and I've only had a couple of meals I wasn't thrilled with. Their Rueban is awesome. But sometimes their food is too salty- I had a couple of coworkers throw out their lunches. But overall it's not bad.

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Reviewed 30 January 2011

AS220 really has it all--multiple gallery spaces, a performance space that has multiple events almost every night of the week, a great restaurant and bar, community classes, workshops for students, an open darkroom and print studio, artist living spaces, and so much more. It should be at the top of the "things to do in Providence" list because of the quality of entertainment they provide and their commitment to the Rhode Island community.

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Reviewed 7 October 2017
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