All Reader Reviews of...
403 W. 13th St., New York, NY, 10014
at Ninth Ave.
By wierzbao on 3/4/2004
Space is beautiful; location is hype. That's it for the good things. The food is very very disappointing: lobster roll where the carrot was more prevalent than the rest; heavy tasteless duck curry; disgusting cod... Food may be better at Rubby Foo.... Service was ok, except that they clearly take much more care of your neighbors who may have membership cards to JG restaurants... Will not come back (anyway you can't make reservation....)
By Btaylor70 on 3/25/2004
Spice market is the place to go for a wonderful taste of Asian cusine. The staff offer helpful tips on the meals. The atmosphere is extremely friendly with chat amongst the tables. The Samosa's are by far the best in the West! For a change try the skate for a mouth watering meal. The wine list is pretty exstensive and offers lots of choice. This resturaunt is a MUST try!!!!
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.
Highly Spiced, Lacking Flavor
By carlito169 on 4/13/2004
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.
Nice Restaurant Bad Attitude
By Rufus on 4/23/2004
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!
By JustMoi on 5/2/2004
Well I must say I wasnt expecting the service, atmosphere and decor to be so friggin' wonderfully GOOD. From the person KIM who answered the phone and spoke in such a professional and warming matter, to the people at the door who greet you with a BIG smile.this place rocks and will go far. The bartender (luka??? niko?)downstairs was so wonderful. I had stopped in for a quick drink and bite after work and this place fit in so well. TRY the lobster rolls (perfectly fresh mmmmm) and the Spicy pepper shrimp ( I was very very impressed). I actually stayed a little later than normal, meeting people outside in 'smokers-corner'. LOVED the music, and the vibe,just warm fun, clean. (AND to the NEGATIVE-FOLKS who sat beside me at the downstairs bar complaining about everything, SHUT THE F**K UP.....go somewhere else, this place was tres cool and fun)! ONE thing: GET A PATIO:) I will be back for sure, and would recommend it for a date, a group of friends or a quick bite. SPICE MARKET ROCKS!! You have a BIG fan:) Annie:)
awful service, great food
By tratra on 5/13/2004
I got obnoxious velvet rope treatment at the door & I had a reservation! Once inside , I loved the decor, food(avocado salad, halibut), and drinks(east india cocktail). Unfortunately, I won't enjoy the food again, as I don't support establishments that treat me rudely. Their loss, as I eat out at trendy places a few times a week!
Spice Market has what it takes!
By tkcuisine on 5/15/2004
Although getting a reservation was a real challenge we had a awesome meal. We were seated at a very comfortable table with a view of the open kitchen (I counted 16 line cooks and chefs)Service was timely but server was not very engaging (poured sparkling water over my wifes "NYC tap" 3 times). Food came out fast and hot, flavors were right on and prices were reasonable. Loved the Samosas, Curried Chicken and the Short Ribs were off the charts! The atmosphere alone with all the carved malasian wood makes this place feel exotic and fun.
tantalizing taste buds
By tevye on 6/23/2004
At first look, well, you don't know where to look first, the place takes you over, you want to see it all, and it is certainly worth seeing. As for the food, each new dish enticed our nostrils and titillated our palates. We devoured spice market with our eyes and with our mouths It was a wonderful, wonderful meal.
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