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Posted by Anon on 10/30/2009
The positives: comfy seating, tasty food, satisfactory size portions. The negatives: lax service, flat wine, noisy space, dirty bathroom. The vegetable dumplings were surprisingly good, the crispy duck in red wine sauce delish, and the shrimp pad thai was better than we've had in other thai restaurants; however, we won't be going back. The waiter was not very attentive, the bus boy brought our bill (where is this standard?), the bathroom smelled awful with a wet, dirty floor. As if that weren't enough, we spent most of our dinner trying to hear each other over the shouts of the family seated beside us: parents who decided it was appropriate to bring their small unbehaved children to a restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/23/2009
Don't make the mistake I did. The poor service is unacceptable. The food is average and there are plenty of other alternatives on the UES.
The food here is just amazing, which is the ONLY reason that keeps me calling back for more (I order for delivery). However, the customer service leaves much to be desired. Ordering on the phone is painful as the service is just plain rude. Please, listen to my complete order before you hang up and leave important details out! As soon as I find another Thai restaurant that has comparable food with the decency to speak to customers over the phone politely, I will not order from Spice again.
Posted by Upper East Side chic on 09/16/2009
How could I have never tried this place before? A friend took me last week, and loved it! We visited the Upper East Side location. The decor improves as you walk in, and it's comfortable, not too loud, in the roomy dining room in back, though it has a white, clubby South Beach aesthetic. But the food is good enough and the prices so low that I forgot about my decor preferences. The pad kew mao and the green curry are to die for! Delicious, spicy, abundant. Skip the warm duck lettuce. It was too gummy and sweet. The wine list is surprisingly decent, not extensive but good complements to the spicy fare and really affordable. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by aow on 08/13/2009
love the black noodles and shumai here. It's much better than the Chelsea location. I've never eaten in but i highly recommend for takeout!
Posted by Steve on 08/11/2009
Spice is one of several reasonably priced East Village Thai outposts. Their Drunk Man Noodles (Pad Kee Mow)are very good and many of my friends love ordering that when they come here. Most of the noodle dishes run under 10 bucks and that's a great deal but I was put off by the fact that when I ordered their vegetable dumplings I received something incredibly similar to the veggie dumplings Trader Joe's sells. That aside, the place is good for cheapish Thai, just avoid the aforementioned veggie dumplings.
Posted by Food Angel on 07/05/2009
So ok let me get right to it... I call for the first time to order from this place and the lady who was on the phone already sounded angry with me. I told her my apartment number which has a D in it, so I say apartment D as in Dog (because I was looking at my dog Daisy thinking I should say dog she may not get Daisy), she then replies D as in DAvid that is much nicer to say..... really?????? After she repeated my address and phone number with her attitude 4 or 5 times ( and i sure you i was clear, loud and extremely polite) she hung up the phone abruptly after I ordered before I could ask what the total was so I could be prepared. The food came in a good period of time, and I rather enjoyed it! I got mixed vegetables with chicken and rice on the side. I wanted to try something new that was healthy. I ate all the rice which isn't healthy but it tasted so good dumped into the bowl with the cut up veggies and chicken. So if you can deal with the lady on the phone you more than deserve the food!