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403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
Some of the worst food I've had in an upscale/highly-rated restaurant
By sgrego on 2/15/2008
I finally decided to try SM after reading great reviews. While the decor, service, and bar drinks were great, the food was so bad that I could only manage one bite per dish. We ordered all of the highly-recommended dishes. They went beyond lackluster to being downright difficult to eat because of the overwhelmingly heavy, cloying sauces and preparationsÂ—nothing like real Asian street food. The black pepper pineapple shrimp bathed in a tar-like tamarindy sauce massacred the shrimp, rendering them unidentifiable. The chicken wings dipped in a gravelly mystery sauce masking the chicken's flavor and making it thoroughly unappetizing. I've never had to spit out so many chunks of pure fat as I did from the pork vindaloo, which resembled a thick mud stew. The kufi dessert was the best part of our meal, though unmemorably so. Go to Chinatown, Bangkok, or Delhi to get the original, delectable dishes and save your dollars for other upscale restaurants that actually deliver. In trying so hard to make Asian street food chic, JGV has actually made it one of the worst eating experiences I've had in years of nearly seven-day-a-week NYC restaurant patronage.
By helena69 on 2/4/2008
Maybe I'm a bit too old. But I like to digest my food. Yes, English Sarcasm!! I don't want to be sharing a seat with a complete stranger either. Pack 'em and stack 'em mentality. Starters and main courses were good. Shrimp soup good, as was halibut and cod mains. Forget the dessert though. Wine list not great either. Very average. Handy for the clubs though!!
By ahim1 on 2/2/2008
I've been to Spice Market twice, and loved it both times. the menu is fun and interesting, with a lot of different things going on, it's almost hard to choose. Be prepared to share a few appetizers with whomever you're with, in order to get the full effect. It's a funny restaurant, because it's huge, like the size of a warehouse, and from the outside doesn't look all that exciting. But nevertheless, totally worthwhile and I definitely would go again. service was excellent; we weren't rushed, there were no mishaps, and the food came out evenly and surprisingly without much of a wait, considering both times i was there it was on the weekend. (ps, if you're going on a weekend night, make reservations.) i would recommend the samosas, spicy noodles, chicken skewers, pork vindaloo, and whatever the beef appetizer is (dont remember the name). totally check it out.
By CGLTHOMAS on 10/30/2007
VISITED THIS RESTAURANT ON FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER, WHAT CAN ONE SAY FIRST - IT IS VERY VERY DARK, TAKE A TORCH YOU CAN BEARLY READ THE MENU AS THERE IS ONLY A SMALL CANDLE ON THE TABLE. BIG RESTAURANT, GREAT DECOR, I LOVED IT, MY HUSBAND HATED IT. WE WERE POSITIONED DOWN BY THE KITCHEN AREA AND THERE WAS A CONSTANT STREAM OF WAITERS GOING PAST OUR TABLE. THE FOOD INTERESTING, GOOD NOT BRILLIANT, NOISE LEVELS WERE OFF THE SCALE - MAJOR COMPLAINT, OUR FOOD WAS ALMOST THROWN AT US WE HAD HARDLY FINISHED OUR STARTERS WHEN THE MAIN COURSE ARRIVED. BILL WAS PRESENTED WITHOUT ENQUIRING IF WE WANTED COFFEE WHICH I DID - BILL REPRESENTED WITH COFFEE AND TOLD 'TAKE YOUR TIME' WAITER THEN RETURNED TO THE TABLE ON FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS TO SEE IF I HAD PUT MY CARD IN THE BILL FOLD. OBVIOUSLY A RESTAURANT THAT RELIES ON BUMS ON SEATS, QUICK TURNOVER - WE WERE IN AND OUT UNDER AN HOUR, NOT RELAXING, MY HUSBAND SAID HE WOULD NEVER GO BACK. I WOULD IMAGINE IF YOU GO MON-THURS IF MAY BE LESS HECTIC.
What a wonderful experience!!!
By gwenluam on 10/8/2007
What a beautiful space- the staff seemed to be helpful very nice considering this is New York where being an asshole is okay!! I love the food my favorites were the fried chicken wings and black pepper shrimp - left quite an impression the Grey Goose gimlet I had was perfect I typically have it made with Belvedere but it was okay- change is good right?! Anyway I loved it! On my next trip I will be back!!!
You're paying for a scene...and that's it
By bellagirl160 on 8/8/2007
If you want to pay for a scene or experience definitely come to Spice Market. The ambiance and decor are out of this world and you feel like you've been transformed into some mystical lounge. The uniforms worn my staff truly add to the scene as well. However when it comes to food I was utterly disappointed. I have no idea why they make it a point to stress everything is served family style because it is certainly not. Portion sizes were very small and economically it would be more sense for them to have everyone order their own apps. and entrees. In addition if you plan on sitting downstairs in one of the really cool private rooms--which I did...be prepared to gather up our own dishes and stemware because there is no way servers/bussers can reach down the table and you are forced to pass everything down... The dessert was my favorite part of the meal. I highly recommend the ovaltine gulfi...it was heaven in my mouth.
FOOD WAS TERRIBLE
By annanicole on 7/15/2007
The food was terrible, I had the cod and my husband had the halibut and it was terrible. I actually had to discreetly spit my cod out it tasted like a bunch of fat? If we would have been by ourselves I would have sent it back, but we were with 2 couples and I didn't want to ruin everyone's dinner. I have never written a review before, but I felt the need to share my opinion about the Spice Market.
Nice at the Spice
By mnkuzel on 7/6/2007
While reading previous reviews of Spice Market in anticipation of my trip from L.A., I was a bit concerned that perhaps the nice pictures on their website was all the place was going to be. Pretty interiors and not much more. However, from the moment we walked in (our reservations were for 10:30PM on a Thursday night) we were greeted by two beautiful and attentive hosts. We checked in, headed to the bar and were served quickly by our hot bartender. Within 15 minutes we were sitting at our table on the main floor and were greeted immediately by our very attentive waiter. I was thoroughly pleased as I expect top drawer service whenever I eat out and our waiter was at the top of his game at every available moment. We ordered several different items, however none particularly stands out as "the best". Everything we ordered was truly great and satifisfied all the senses. When it comes time to desert though, I encourage you to order the cherry sundae. Yummmmmmmmm. Overall, it was truly nice at the Spice!
Tuesday Night - no complaints
By thebigguy on 5/30/2007
I made same day reservations - 2 for 7 on a Tuesday. Prompt seating, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. Chicken samosas have a thin crispy shell, and were stuffed with seasoned minced chicken. The avocado/radish salad was excellent - half an avocado laid flat, topped with a stacked cone of tempura onion rings, which in turn are stuffed with thin radish slices. And the Laksa (fish soup) coconut curry broth and thin rice noodles were outstanding, although the seafood itself (2 small seared scallops, 2 large shrimp - head on - & 1 small piece of halibut) was a bit sparse. 2 people with appetizer, salads, entrees, 3 cocktails and 2 bottles of Fiji (no dessert) came to $150. Not good value per se, but definitely great tasting food.
By rmaier005 on 5/23/2007
A bunch of my friends planned my bachelorette party in NYC for May 19. We had 9:45 dinner reservations at Spice Market and weren't seated until almost 11:00. Waitor(s) were complete idiots; spilled some "sauce" all over my friend's black dress-After ordering $350.00 in appetizers alone (we didn't even get our main course) we demanded our bill and left-UNSATISFIED-and hungry. Worst dining experience of MY LIFE! And that's no joke- Go there for drinks but service is terrible. Will never step foot in that place again.
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