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Posted by G on 10/31/2008
At first, I was expecting spice market to be a young, hip, trendy Jean Georges meatpacking hot spot. Instead, I got a glorified Friday's or Cheesecake Factory. Though the food was high quality, fresh, and tasty, the service, decor, and look/feel of the place was disappointing. One can tell that no staff member wants or cares to work there and that rubs right off on the customer. After eating at Perry St. and Mr. Georges Flagship Jean Georges, i had the highest of expectations of this restaurant that did nothing but let me down. To be honest, I’m blown away Mr. JG would even put his name on this timesquare-appropriate tourist trap. I recommend the mussels, and the duck curry.
Posted by happy on 08/23/2008
I went during restaurant week with a friend and we ordered the entire prexfixe menu and must say I was in love from the first bite of the beef. The service was quite attentive and quick. Very pleasant as well. We didn't have to wait too long between each dish but had enough time to enjoy it. The atmosphere was great until the guy next to me got a fishy dish but I can't complain about that because it can happen anywhere. We were there for quite a while just sipping on coffee after our meal just enjoying the great place. I recommend this place to all of my friends. We left completely full and completely satisfied.
Posted by Foodie on 07/25/2008
What a disappointment - I expected Jean Georges to have a certain standard when it comes to culinary execution. Many of the dishes were over-sauced, lacking in finesse, and quite amateur. I felt that I could get a better rendition of most dishes in any restaurant in Chinatown or Curry Hill.
Posted by ridiculous on 07/16/2008
The food was good, but not outstanding or memorable. The sour note was that as soon as we'd signed our check they asked us to leave. Seriously. $150 check for two people to get this kind of service is just wrong.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2008
I went with my boyfriend and was really excited because this place was recommended by friends. I was looking forward to having the Spice Market Menu which was their tasting menu but it was not available wen we went. (I asked the waitress why it wasn't available and she said that she didn't know... end of conversation) Instead we ordered the shaved tuna and spicy thai fried chicken Wings for appetizers. The tuna grossed me out but the chicken was pretty good. It was a lot spicier than I had expected. For the main course I ordered the cod, which was delicious, and my boyfriend ordered the short ribs, also good. We also ordered the chili garlic egg noodles as a side dish. All the portions were pretty small but the presentation was very nice. All in all I don't think that I would recommend this restaurant to anyone else, nor would I ask my boyfriend to take me back here. But, if he wanted to come back I wouldn't say no.
Posted by theshooter on 07/01/2008
OVERPRICED! You are paying for the location which I knew before hand. We had friends coming in from out of town. The Vietnamese Chicken Curry costs $17 dollars, in which you get a bowl of liquid curry and 3 pieces of thigh meat chicken and no vegetables! Give me a break. Also the beef short ribs costs $22 dollars and you only get roughly 8 ounces of meat (with like 3 ounces of vegetables). They also charged $12 for a Hitachino Red Rice Ale (the bottle costs $5 retail). The whole point of this style of food is to get decent sized portions. Also they would not allow us to keep a menu handy after we ordered which has to be the weirdest (and the lamest) restaurant rule ever. Also they will only allow you to split with three credit cards. Somehow the computer will exploded if you do one more.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/08/2008
i work in the area, so i go to spice market often as a fun place to have dinner with colleagues and friends. the space is super sexy and the food is always tasty. i will say it's a bit pricey, but you're paying for the whole experience. my favorites are the lobster rolls, pork satay, chicken samosas, ginger fried rice, and chicken with kumquat (this is how chicken should be cooked!). i also can't forget the ginger margaritas and kumquat mojitos are to die for!