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Posted by jk on 02/19/2007
Although I've made a reservation for 9o'clock and was on time, I was seated 30 minutes later. I had to check on the availability while the hostess was busy chatting with fellow workers...The menu-list was pretty new to me therefore I have asked the sever for recommendation after telling him my taste. He wasnt able to exlplain thoroughly and just kept on saying "its good its good" I ordered it and was so dissapointed with the taste cuz I had told him I didnt prefer soup-like dish. As soon as we were done with our dish the busboy came to the table and started cleaning all the plates even though we still had a half bottle of wine to finish. I was very annoyed with their service that I didnt even finish the wine.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2007
I found my experience to be very enjoyable. The prixe-fix menu had a nice selection and four courses. The portions were more than enough and the food was delicious. The decor was beautiful. I felt myself transported to a far away locale. I would defintiely go back and pay full price.
Posted by Pauly in Gramercy on 02/01/2007
Last night I came here with my boyfriend to have a delicious Restaurant Week dinner. I was really looking forward to this and even took the 9 pm reservation I made a month in advance. Well here's a laundry list of things that went wrong: - Other tables got a little basket of rice chips and a salsa dip (we had to ask for ours) -Only brought one appetizer out- gave the other to the table next to us which they immediately devoured without questioning it. Had to ask to get another one, then got it. - Had to keep asking to have our water refilled - Food was delivered before the plates were cleared from the previous course, I even stacked the plates to give the bussers "the idea" - Didn't bring us the rice we ordered, but it showed up on the bill- whatever, I was not in the mood to dispute it - Brought us entrees 10 minutes apart from each other, then tried to deliver a third one because the kitchen did not communicate this to the plate runners The food was delicious, but it almost seemed like you could get it at a very good Thai restaurant. Well, at least the staff noticed that there were plenty of mistakes and mishaps and gave us one of our meals free (-$35 from the bill, actually -$31 if we count the rice sides we paid for and didn't receive) It may have been an off night. I am not a big complainer, but it could have been an amazing experience, but the confusion and bad service made for a comedy of errors. I don't think I will go back, but maybe if I give Spice Market the benefit of the doubt, it will be a better experience.
Posted by stanley on 01/25/2007
Great decor, tasty food, very disappointing beyond that. The menu is designed for you to order lots of dishes and enjoy a variety of tastes, but a table for two is extremely small. The oversized plates provide a beautiful presentation for the food, but you are practically balancing them in your lap. The staff is obnoxious and pushy, not merely making suggestions but practically trying to tell you what you need to order. Then when the food comes, you are wolfing down one course to get to the next because there is just no room on the table. You are not even able to enjoy the mix of flavors and variety of dishes. I was amazed at the clear mismatch of menu style, service, and layout.
Posted by julia on 01/19/2007
I went to Spice Market last Tuesday. The atmosphere is incredible--the restaurant looks like a Thai teak house. Although we had to wait for our table, once we were seated, the service was very attentive. We ordered the fragrant mushroom egg rolls and the spiced chicken samosas (both fantastic, although small portions!), the cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce and the Spicy Shanghai Noodles, Chilled Silken Tofu, Garlic & Herbs. All plates were great--although as I said, the portions were not large. We were really full at the end of the meal however, because we ate about 4 bowls of the pappadums that the waiter brought with our menus...they were so yummy. Although the entrees were a little slow, the whole meal is an experience so it wasnt a problem waiting for our food. Overall, highly recommended!
Posted by Sparky on 01/01/2007
Four of us had dinner at Spice Market the other night and had a great meal and a great time. The decor is very attractive, both upstairs and downstairs, we were seated on time and the service was good. Indeed, the bus boys were everywhere and we never waited for new plates, water, etc. We cook a lot and eat out extensively and the food at SM was mostly terrific. Granted, the appetizers are better than the main dishes but, all were flavorful and presented well. Frankly, I'm at a loss concerning those who pan the food and the place. I'm not sure what they are looking for, a transcendental experience? Spice Market gets it right most of the time and is a great destination spot for some good current, flavorful SEAsian food. The ginger margarita is also excellent and they have an extensive and mostly fairly priced wine list. Its hard to find this combination in many NYC spots. Go and enjoy.
Posted by big eater on 12/27/2006
So the decor is great. It has a nice feel to it, however the food is unusually bad. It's not the chef or the ingredients, it's the concept. In trying to create an exotic experience, it becomes an odd mix of flavors that don't mesh. I will never go there again. I was so disappointed.