All Reader Reviews of...
403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
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.
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.
worst restaurant ever
By zenden on 10/15/2005
Even the cloying sweetness of the food was not enough to cover my bitterness over the rude service, lousy food, horrible and indifferent attitude of the staff, and really mediocre food. I couldn't even recognize what I was eating because of the sticky sweet sauces that ruined every dish. Sorry to say Jean George, but the "Emperor Has No Clothes" here.
ONLY A NAME
By eleuteriafree on 6/26/2008
THIS PLACE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE IN THE LIST OF THE MOST "AWFUL WITH A NAME" . THE FOOD IS A DESASTER, SMELLS HORRIBLE AND TASTE WORST AND EVERYBODY HERE FROM THE HOSTESS TO THE MANAGER HAVE ATTITUDE. AND MANAGER, BE MORE PROFESSIONAL . DONT SCREAM AT YOUR EMPLOYEES IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT..WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
Terrible service!! Overpriced!!
By jzanca on 7/14/2012
We came to this restaurant for my friends birthday.. The service was awful it took around 45 min just to get a drink and over an hour for food... Ridiculous service charge for a cake we brought in for the birthday girl. A rude woman who wasn't even our waitress came up to our table in front of all of us & said obnoxiously " It's customers like you that make me love my job" We had the gratuity removed in full & called the manager over because we did not receive the service we were expecting... The food was terrible & the prices are outrageous. Never coming here again!! Just lost 10 customers.
Tourist trap - don't go!!!!
By FrauKritisch on 5/30/2012
I used to be nice. Not anymore! Don't waste your money and time. Food is overpriced and lame. Staff is very arrogant. It's full of tourists (New Yorker wouldn't go there anymore). There are much better restaurants in the Meatpacking District (Buddakan, Morimoto, Standard, ....)
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 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.
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!!!!!
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.
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