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403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
Service Stinks, and so does the Food!
By iaceu on 5/14/2007
My fiance took me for my Birthday Dinner on Mother's Day but at Spice Market it might has well have been called Fright Night. Everything (except the company) was awful including the drinks, service and food. No one comes by to ask how your meal is or if they can get you anything to drink. THIS PLACE IS HIGHWAY ROBBERY! We dine out quite often in the Meatpacking District and would NEVER RECOMMEND OR COME TO THIS PLACE AGAIN. You are basically paying for a name not the food or service.
Is there such a thing as too much?
By Hailey on 5/13/2007
I get it, it is called Spice Market, but to me there was just too much spice and flavor in each dish I ordered. The food was almost too full of it, very heavy flavors, and they did not mix well with each other, and even side dishes like veggies were almost as flavorful as the main course. After finishing my meal I felt very heavy almost uncomfortable. The decor is charming though and the service is good.
Let the flavors of the food and spicy decor take you on an adventure.
By bigapple on 4/13/2007
The decor is soothing, yet there's energy in every corner of Spice. Food is served on fresh white dinnerware. Try the black pepper shrimp or pork satay as a starter. I loved the avocado and radish salad...nice presentation too. The crispy sesame crab wtih pink grapefruit was delighful. Char grilled chicken was tender and juicy and the onion/chili crusted short ribs amazing. The waiter was helpful. A bit slow on the coffee refill, but otherwise a perfect evening. Be sure to share with your dinner companions. Taste as many dishes as possible. Save room for dessert. Just ask for extra spoons.
Quite a disappointment
By ek923 on 4/9/2007
Initially when I stepped into this restaurant with my parents, I was quite taken back with the clothing of the waiters. Why do the female waitresses have to be wearing shirts open in the back? It was quite distracting (not in a good way) to see women parading around in that type of clothing. I think that initial shock sort of threw me off and it resulted in an unsatisfactory experience. The food was good but the waitress was extremely unfriendly when we said that we didn't want an entree even though we ordered a lot of noodles and appetizers. I definitely don't see myself going back there again....
Republic has better food, sorry Mr. Vongerichten
By thefoodie on 10/24/2006
I went to Spice Market last Thanksgiving and a year later, I am still tainted by the lack-lustre menu. And I kid you not when I say Republic on Union Square has a better menu! Unfortunately, the beautiful decor cannot destract one from the food, so WATCH OUT. Go to his other restaurants, this one is off on so many levels.
learn from our experience
By nadmarouf on 10/8/2006
we were recommmened by friends of ours and were extremely dissapointed. We were told by our waiter a list of the specialty dishes, and each one was worth than the other. All of the food needs major flavor and by the time our last dish arrived (duck) we had no choice but to return it. It looked looked like a cross between doo doo and dog food, and tasted even worse. Gladly, the manager was really nice and took it off of our tab. We also ordered a $60 bottle of wine and it was okay at best. Overall horrible experience!!!!!
like a trip abroad
By nockout198 on 2/5/2006
The space was beautiful, the service was flawless and the food was exotic. I love trying new cuisines and was not dissappointed here.
spice market review
By arika724 on 1/12/2006
I went on the second date with my boyfriend there. I found it fabulous. It is lacking in certain aspects but so is every restaurant. Overall we keep coming back and it does have a unique ambiance.
By January on 1/5/2006
We had to remind the waiter to give us our drinks. The portions were meager. The monkfish looked and tasted like any ordinary fast food fried fish.The noodles and shrimp could have been "Cup of Soup." The ribs were stringy and unappetizing. The noodle soup was unevenly spiced. $14.00 for a glass of mediocre chardonnay. The bill for four came to $136.00 rip-off dollars. We came for a special occasion and were sorely disappointed. If you must, only go for the scenery.
The Scene May be a Hit but the Food is a Miss!
By ywwan on 1/1/2006
The scene is fun - good crowd, always kinda happening, nice drinks... this should just be a bar with Thai finger food! It is definitely a step above Tao in execution but I guess one expects more of Jean-Georges... especially when Vong was such a fusion-Thai "hit"... This is just basically dumbed down Thai. Some of the dishes are tasty enough but it is not special or noteworthy and definitely not something Jean-Georges should put his name to (but he has done worse). This should just be a bar, forget the restaurant bit. I would say overall though that 66 is a bigger miss.
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