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403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
By Sashasix on 1/24/2005
I had been looking forward to visiting this talked about spot for months, but I am too impatient to put up long reservation waits. Luckily a business dinner came up. I was impressed with the decor at first, until we were seated at an awkwardly tall table for 8. The cocktails and service were nice, especially the seasonal blood orange mojito, but the food was appaling and did not come close to the description on the menu. My radish, avocado salad was an embarassing pile of deep fried onion rings. I skipped the main course and joined the rest of my fellow diners in dessert, only to bite into a chunk of glass! The waiter kindly removed the desserts from the bill, but a word from the manager would have been appreciated. All in all, overpriced and sad. Stick with local joints for flavorful ethnic cuisine.
The Emperor has no Clothes
By Markle on 12/13/2004
Kristie Alley apparently did the interior with her discount at Pier 1. You'll recognize the long hanging cloth lights and the flimsy teak partitions. One wall is covered with dead plants under glass. I'm not sure what the decorator intended but they just look depressing and ratty. Be warned, the snacks on the bar are inedible: Horseradish candy coated soy beans - really. You may never be seated because the reservations are ridiculously over-booked. The food flies by covered in brightly colored varnishes that look alarmingly syrupy. The staff is not just rude, they are mean - I mean really mean. General comments are too salty, too sweet or too hot. It's not Vento or Pastis or Bao. Don't bother.
I know you're gonna anyway...despite....
By Foods4Us on 11/29/2004
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.
By manolourrutia on 10/26/2004
You know there is something wrong with a restaurant when it takes 5 days to get someone to answer the phone to place a reservation. It is a sign of arrogance and lack of respect for consumers' time. The truth is that consumers go to restaurants to have pleasant experiences. Jean-Georges' Spice Market starts on the wrong foot and carries its arrogance to the minute you're brought the bill. What a shame.
Great food, annoying crowd
By cchanpak on 10/15/2004
The food was fabulous. Highly recommend if you're an Asian food fanatic. The decor is remarkable. You truly feel like you've been whisked away to another world. I went at lunch since the wait for a reservation is ridiculous. It's a great place to go for a special occasion or for drinks since the bar also has the feel of a hut in India. Except for the fact that there is plush leather. Being from Trinidad, it had a familiar old world charm that I adored. Great for special occasions.
Jean Georges disappoints again...
By memnova on 9/25/2004
This restaurant is the epitome of what annoys me about "hot" restaurants. It gets built up and built up, and then there is the spectacular let-down. First, you have to make a reservation one month to the day in advance. Even then, I could only get a 10 pm reservation for a Monday night. Obviously, I wasn't "hot" enough. Well, when we got there, we had to wait, even though tables were clearly available. The cocktails were good, but the food that then proceded was average. Average! From Jean Georges! Nothing whatsoever was memorable about the food except that it was unmemorable. Their idea about "service" is ridiculous. They bring out dishes in whatever order they are completed. This is absurd and is ultimately sheer laziness. Now, the decor was spectacular (like the let-down), and I would gladly return for cocktails at the bar downstairs. Otherwise, forget it.
Busy busy busy
By 1foodynyc on 9/23/2004
The atmosphere is pretty frenetic, but underneath it all they have some solid snacks downstairs in the lounge. Have not had a full meal there yet, however, bar scene is nice, so is the decor. Trendy Wendy crowd
By lashr1999 on 9/19/2004
Reception was pretty rude. Waiter service was ok. Food was ok nothing to brag about. Place filled up with pretentious people waiting to be seen. The only thing that was good was the atmosphere/lounge. Do yourself a favor and try the casarecci at Vento's which is close by. Service at Vento was excellent, staff thanked us for coming. More than I can say for overhyped the Spice market.
Mostly Mediocre Glop
By omotosando on 9/12/2004
Having heard so much about Spice Market, I couldn't wait to try it. What a disappointment! We started with chicken samosas, which were just average (about what you would find in your neighborhood Indian restaurant). Next we had papaya salad, which wasn't bad (and which was definitely the best dish we had), but not comparable to what you would find in Thailand. Next came a real disaster - noodles with shrimp. The shrimp were tough and crusted with horrible spicing. The noodles were just glop. Sea bass was even worse - so oversalted as to be inedible. We sent it back, which prompted the maitre'd to come to our table and imperiously announce that she had spoken to the chef and that there was nothing wrong with the dish - it tasted exactly as it should. I looked at her just as imperiously and announced "well, the chef is wrong." The meal ended on a perfectly appropriate note for this most mediocre of restaurants - mediocre quality tea (the kind you get for free at inexpensive Chinese restaurants, but here they charge you) served in ugly white coffee (yes, coffee) cups. As someone else said, this is theme park food.
By robd on 8/14/2004
What a tragedy. My girlfriend tried to get a reservation at this place for over a month. When we finally did we were v. excited, but it wore off quickly. The beautiful space and cool crowd was quickly offset by the poor service and below average food. The hostesses were nice, as was our waiter. He spent time explaining menu items to us, but refused to make any substitutions. Strike one. Be careful what you request when they ask the question, "What kind of water would you like?" Strike two. The food was mediocre at best (the highly recommended mushroom spring rolls were awful), although the garlic-chili noodles were interesting. The best part of dinner was the coconut sticky rice (should have ordered several and skipped the appetizers). Another upsetting aspect was the sight of many empty tables. It was Friday night, for God's sake. Who are they saving them for? Seems like their reputation is catching up with them.
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