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Spice Market

403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
212-675-2322

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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49% would go back.

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Nice Restaurant Bad Attitude

By Rufus on 4/23/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

This is a beautiful room, serving some very nice food, with pleasant and helpful service - provided you eat at odd hours. If you are happy with eating dinner at tea-time, or after 10 pm, then this place is for you. The attitude of the reservations manager is digraceful. He insists that only friends of Jean-George may have reservations at conventional dinner times, regardless of how far in advance one tries to book. This reservations policy leaves a bad taste, no matter how good the food or charming the space. Don't play up to them. Let Jean-George rely on his friends for success!

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271 out of 530 people found this review helpful.

Highly Spiced, Lacking Flavor

By carlito169 on 4/13/2004

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

While the decor is certainly something to behold, the food is somewhat less inspiring. The restaurant is Disney like, transporting you to a place far, far away. The food is good, certainly fitting of the decor, but not worthy of an 'excellent.' It's a terrific place to see and be seen, appearing to be better suited as a night-spot than a restaurant. If you're in search of an 'authentic' experience you'll do just as well near the intersection of Mott and Canal.

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315 out of 629 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

By mc6206 on 4/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had read about the spice market and was very curious. I expected food stalls with many different variations of food. Instead, it is a very nicely decorated posh restaurant and one has high expectations regarding uniqueness and quality of food. Servicing is exquisite but then in the end the food itself was very disappointing. While served with a lot of aplomb the actual food is not really exciting and one gets better and tastier food in any food stall in a real Thai market or street. I got a steak for USD35 and had to return it because it was burned to charcoal!! on the exterior. Even the second run was not exceptional and the sauce served with it (made of Koriander leaves) was really nothing special.

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248 out of 486 people found this review helpful.

A little above average.

By jasonu202 on 2/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I'm happy I can say I've been, but Spice Market won't be at the top of my list to go back. The service was lacking. Waited 10 minutes to order drinks, and after we ordered food, our waiter was barely around. Otherwise I would have given a higher rating. The food was decent, and what I would expect for what I'm paying. The drinks were very good and worth returning to the bar for drinks with friends or co-workers. And the coconut sorbet was excellent!

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159 out of 331 people found this review helpful.

Rush, rush,rush!!!

By helena69 on 2/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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!!

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149 out of 293 people found this review helpful.

"Stank" Market

By rmaier005 on 5/23/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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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290 out of 602 people found this review helpful.

Is there such a thing as too much?

By Hailey on 5/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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305 out of 633 people found this review helpful.

Quite a disappointment

By ek923 on 4/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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....

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352 out of 695 people found this review helpful.

Not bad...but didn't live up to the hype.

By Boscho on 7/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Decor is amazing, and impressed my date from the moment we walked in. However, the food was...another story. Appetizers were less than average, as the Shaved Tuna wasn't that great, nor was the chicken satay or Lobster roll. The Lobster entree was very bland, and that says a lot for a restaurant that really piles on the hot stuff. The Striped Bass was by far the best, but very, very spicy. Overall, the experience wasn't a bad one, but no beautiful people thats for sure, and wasn't that impressed overall.

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250 out of 463 people found this review helpful.

I know you're gonna anyway...despite....

By Foods4Us on 11/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

I know it's one of the hottest restaurants but in all honesty I could've done without. Better for groups then for dates atleast then you wouldn't notice the long wait for the food- but then again the portions are so small that you better be ready to spend lots of money to feed your party! Service/Food: STINKS! We had to call our arrogant, unhelpful waiter to the table so many times! The food delivery is on a "when its ready its ready" format. So basically we waited almost 2 hours for our pork vinderloo, I really think the waiter forgot and didn't realize until we asked for it; by the time we got it we weren't hungry anymore. Atmosphere:beautiful decor Crowd:well Usher was sitting at the table next to us yet so was a group of self absorbed rich teens who were so loud and obnoxious the waiter had to tell them to lower their voices. THEY even started singing Usher songs when they noticed it was him. The crowd is overly pretentious and desperately in need to be cool- same goes for the staff. I know you're gonna go anyway so atleast be prepared to be dissappointed.

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