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Posted by draftguyNY on 01/11/2011
WOW! this was my second time at spice market. Had a better chance to try the different offering since we were a party of 4. We started off with a few appt. The thai wings, samosas and the beef skewers. They were GREAT!!. Especially the wings, oh so spicy. If you can't take the heat do not try these wings. Samosas were good and the skweres were perfectly cooked and seasoned. That being said the sauce that came with the skewers had a weird taste. Moving on to the main course we had the ginger rice, which could of been better. Short rib beef which was moist and flavorfull as well as the char grilled chickhen which was pretty dry. Overall this was another great experience at Spice Market. BTW I'd like to add we did not have reservations but the staff was nice in enough to seat us within 15 minutes of getting in. Till the next time!!
Posted by John from Chelsea on 01/07/2011
I was first at Spice Market years ago when it first opened. I remember it as a very good dining experience. Living in the neighborhood, I decided to celebrate my friend's birthday there again last night. I must say that the place has not lost any of its charm or pleasantness. The staff was very warm, friendly and very accommodating. We were seated within a few minutes of our reservation. The atmosphere had a combination of elegant/casual charm to it with a wonderful vibe. I must also say that for a restaurant of this stature, the value was outstanding. The food portions were more than ample (in addition to being very good in taste) and the prices were more down to earth than other restaurants of this caliber. I am so glad I returned to Spice Market for another visit--it will not be my last.
Posted by anonymous on 11/04/2010
This is supposed to be a Jean-Georges restaurant? I've had better Asian-fusion for a quarter of the price elsewhere. It's all smoke and mirrors here: the decor is breathtaking, but the food is just bland and uninventive and overpriced.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/15/2010
went there last night for a birthday. had read a lot of mixed reviews, but really, it was great. very enjoyable, very good service, great food. nothing to complain about. when a restaurant has had so much hype, it's probably hard for reviewers not to want to take it down a notch, but honestly, it was great. I'd go back.
Posted by Perri on 04/06/2010
It was my birthday and I choose to celebrate at Spice Market. We ordered Belvedere Martinis. The waitress delivered 2 dirty martinis and not Belvedere. The food was okay, not outstanding. We ordered another drink this time it had a lemon flavor. Again it was corrected but we asked to speak to the manager who totally spoiled my birthday. He didn't care at all. He just said sometimes bartenders make mistakes. Shame on Spice Market for providing such poor service. Our waitress was apologetic.
Posted by anonymous on 03/08/2010
went here for lunch recently and was eager to sample the food as i'd heard from trusted friends that it was good. well, i guess my friends have the palate of a cow's backside (thanks, gordon ramsay) or things have changed in the past few years. i will err w/ the latter. market salad: too salty, needed something acidic like rice wine vinegar to brighten things up. or lemon. just SOMETHING. lobster summer roll: too sour, good quality lobster though duck curry: spicy, which is AOK by me, but it was way, way too salty. there wasn't enough rice to temper the salinity of this dish. chicken curry: tasted like a big mac. how does that happen? chili garlic egg noodles w/ shrimp: noodles were sweet, spicy and springy. i really liked these, but the shrimp were WAY TOO SALTY. drinks were fine. i'm not going to complain about that. service was OK. all in all, i don't think i'll go back again when there are less expensive and much more flavorful, well balanced options out there.
Posted by CeeCee on 02/04/2010
Took my mother out to dinner at Spice Market to take part in restaurant week. Restaurant is very big with upper and lower levels and very attractive decor which did evoke images of Asia in my mind. Arrived about 15 minutes before my reservation but was seated immediately. Waitress was friendly and informative. To start we both ordered a cocktail. I had the Singapore sling and holy alcohol batman did it have a lot of liquor in it. Tasted good though but this was one cocktail that lasted me the whole meal. My mom had the ginger margarita and that one tasted good as well after sampling. We decided to share an option from each course offered on the restaurant week menu and ordered an additional appetizer and a side from the regular menu since was informed restaurant week menu did not come with a side dish for the main course. Probably should of just stuck with the restaurant week menu because turned out to be a lot of food. Appetizers where chicken samosas with the cilantro sauce and the fried chicken wings. We thought both were good although a bit salty (but I think that's just our taste buds). I prefer the samosas though, wings had a tangy flavor but nice texture. Next came the papaya salad. Now I'm not a big fan of papaya but ordered this since we don't eat beef and the other restaurant week menu option was beef skewers. Tried a little bit but papaya is still not my favorite. We then shared the chili-garlic egg noodles and the cod with Malaysian chili sauce which also came with a side of the sticky rice (when waitress mentioned if wanted to try sticky rice with the cod should have cancelled noodles but didn't think of it at the time). Still worked out, we both had a bit of noodles and wings for a small lunch the next day. My mom really liked the cod and the sticky rice. The noodles had a good flavor and a good texture. Finally, we shared the dessert which was the Ovaltine Kulfi. Probably the best part of the meal for me. Almost sorry I had to share it. All in all, had a good time. Everything worked: food was good, noise level not too loud and staff was very attentive and polite. We would definitely go again.