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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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Wow, I can't feel my tongue!

By 2nyfoodies on 7/4/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

The restaurant certainly lives up to its name: both in setting and food. The dishes were good (especially the blackbean shrimp with pineapple), but paled by comparison to the decor. The staff was helpful and friendlier than expected. Would go there again for a fun night with friends. P.S. Where were all the beautiful people?!

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187 out of 351 people found this review helpful.

You need to experience it yourself

By Enricolon on 6/17/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I just got home from dinner at Spice Market, I usually come to NYMETRO.com and check reveiews from fellow diners at restaurants I plan on having dinner at. I would agree with the reviewer who said that the Chicken Samosa are delicious, they are served in a Cilantro Yogurt sauce, the Thai Fried Chicken Wings were also very good. It was an amazing experience not just for me but also my tastebuds, they were really excited with all the exciting and different flavors in the dishes. Go and try it out, you will also love it.

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190 out of 382 people found this review helpful.

Don't be put off by the reviews, try it for yourself...

By Gumnut_Babes on 6/7/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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151 out of 347 people found this review helpful.

Bad Crowd. Bad Management.

By fi_in_nyc on 5/27/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

My table were seated next to this table where a 60 year old man with money was eating with four girls (all looked under 21) who he was encouraging to kiss and touch each other. I was sitting exactly across from him, and at one point I made eye contact and gave him a very disapproving look. During the meal, the guy offered the waitress US$500 for her top because one of the girls liked it. The waitress was actually contemplating selling her top to this guy! It was really gross. At this point we asked the restaurant staff to evict them and they wouldn't. Anyway, when this guy went to leave, he sent the girls over to me to ask me why I was looking at them and then said, maybe I want to join them. I could not believe that management allowed them to stay in the restaurant and that they allowed them to harass other diners. It was truly the worst restaurant experience I have ever had and definitely not what I expect from a supposedly up-market NY restaurant. I was bitterly disappointed.

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236 out of 430 people found this review helpful.

Words don't do justice

By michaels13 on 5/24/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Drinks are amazing and creative, with ginger margaritas and specialty mojitos, with blood oranges. While the drinks are a little pricy I found the food very reasonable and incredible. Highly recommend the bbq skate, halibut, ginger fried rice, and grilled chicken with kumquats, the soups were also terrific (chicken soup in coconut broth). Overall it is a scene, but one where they manage to maintain the pretentiousness even with an overwhelmingly attractive staff and bar patrons.

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246 out of 469 people found this review helpful.

Overpriced asian food

By animalkookies on 5/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The decor was beautiful. Beautiful as well were the hosts, servers, people dining and those drinking at the bar. Excellent service as well. Food? Well, the food was good, not spectacular, and something you can get in inexpensive to moderate range restaurants and it would be the same quality and taste. I was surprised the chicken curry was on the bone for an upscale restaurant. It was succulent and tender but, quite simple, really. The food was the only disappointment because it's not worth the price, but if you want to be in a beautiful people hip scene, and that's all that matters, or go there for drinks, then Spice Market may be worth it to you. Note: There should be a "Maybe" option for the "Would you go back" question.

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165 out of 366 people found this review helpful.

OH SO DELICIOUS

By Teddy on 5/13/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a terrific restaurant. Food is superb, each dish spiced expertly and with verve. Try the chicken samosas(you will leave wanting more),pork satay,vegetable curry(what a sauce), tuna tartare, any and all fish dishes. Even the desserts are good. Restaurant is beautiful, feels like you are sometwhere in Asia.Even sitting at the counter is a trip since you can watch the chefs cook. Go and enjoy.

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230 out of 450 people found this review helpful.

Great once you get past the reservationists

By llb on 4/12/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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205 out of 425 people found this review helpful.

Snarley Attitude

By DavidRat10011 on 4/7/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

Called to make a reservation for 12 people for dinner. Got tons of attitude and told to call back tomorrow because "we don't take reservations more than one month to the day out from the reservation." So, I made the grave mistake to call the night before, the 31st day, for 12 people, and get attitude!!! No thanks, I'll go to Tabla where my business is appreciated. David

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162 out of 329 people found this review helpful.

WHAT A LET DOWN...I went to see for myself after reading the reviews...ALL BAD REVIEWS WERE CORRECT!!

By naisnin252 on 2/9/2005

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I had checked all of the reviews before taking a friend to Spice Market...I though maybe I'd see for myself and just maybe I'd like it...I should have listened better to the reviews. I was so dissapointed with the food, service, (they had too much staff just standing around and socializing.) I thought the exposed kitchen was distracting. The Food was extrememly overrated...It was soooooo bad. I have had better chicken wings for take out and the spring rolls smelled worse than they tasted (very fishy)... I will never come here again. Stick to local authentic cuisine for what you really want...this place was executed very poorly.

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