Sun-Wed, noon-midnight; Thu-Sat, noon-1am
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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Considering its location (in the middle of meatpacking-district hell), its ridiculous size (as big as a bus depot), and its strange hothouse décor (like the palace of an arriviste Balinese drug lord), it’s a wonder this restaurant works at all. But Jean-Georges’s take on the street foods of Southeast Asia works to surprising effect, and despite its eccentricities, Spice Market is just plain fun. If you can’t get a table (and even if you can), sit at the cantilevered bar upstairs, where it’s a pleasure to dine on chicken wings drizzled in a sticky-sweet chile sauce, or bowls of curried duck, or the short ribs, which are softened in a mass of onion and green chiles, and watch the party unfold.Recommended Dishes
Mushroom egg rolls, $9.50; mussels steamed in lemongrass, $16.50; fried chicken wings, $12.50; shrimp with black pepper sauce, $15.50; chicken samosas, $11.50; lobster with garlic and chili, $38; cod with chili-and-basil sauce, $21; curried duck, $23; pork vindaloo, $16; grilled chicken with kumquats, $24