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403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
By nursenancy on 10/1/2005
the spice market is a "hot" and sexy place to go for dinner and/or drinks. Everything on the menu is hot or spicy so those with delicate stomachs or palates be cautious!
hot spicy food and soft atmosphere
By Alex1983 on 11/29/2005
The food is pretty hot spicy but good. What is fun is to take lots of dishes and to share them to be able to taste everything. The food comes to the table as soon as it is done in the kitchen, so sharing the dishes also avoids that people start eating when others are done. The decor is amazing! It is also a nice place to take only a drink. However, it is undeniable that this is a fshionable restaurant more than a gourmet restaurant.
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.
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.
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 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.
By emily1 on 3/28/2004
The cocktails at the Spice Market are very yummy, the Durian ice cream was a little scary but fun to try. Overall is was a good experience, although the service was pretty slow and a bit disorganized.
By Ali on 4/12/2004
Okay the room is great, okay the food is very good - not 3 stars - the service is over the top and if you have a deep need to be at NY's newest hot spot - by all means go. You may be a nobody but there's a very good chance you'll see a somebody - Big deal.
Great once you get past the reservationists
By llb on 4/12/2005
I stopped in on a Sunday afternoon after they had finished serving brunch.There was no one in the lobby & very few dinners in the restaurant. I had to laugh when the hostess told me she could not take a reservation & that I would have to call. I stepped outside & called her on my cell phone to make the reservation.The attitude level is very high with the host staff. However the food was very good & there was none of the attitude from the waitstaff...except that when they say brunch ends at 3:00 they mean it... they were practically pushing people out the door.
Don't be put off by the reviews, try it for yourself...
By Gumnut_Babes on 6/7/2005
The Gumnut Babes set out for a Sunday evening of culinary delights, and having made a booking 2 weeks in advance were only met with mild attitude by the girls on the door when we arrived a little late. Everything on the menu looked mouth-watering, so we asked our excellent waitress to select for us, which was a top idea as the food she chose for us was delicious. Mind you, sharing a laksa among five is a little difficult….. The asian market influenced decor was comfortable and chic, and it was nice to dine in a restaurant with a bit of space for a change! Don’t miss the Vietnamese Chicken Curry or the Shaved Tuna with Tapioca. The wine list had a decent selection of Australian, New Zealand, European and American wines, with varying varieties to suit the Asian style cuisine. Gumnuter S particularly liked the Pinot Gris from Alsace, France.
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