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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!
Posted by Sam on 04/27/2008
I am so surprised how poor the quality of food is at Spice Market now. It has been almost a year since my last visit. The food was absolutely poor which I find is rare in NY to have such subpar food. The black pepper shrimp was so overpowered by the sauces I couldn't remember if the actual meat was shrimp or calamari. The squid salad was something I would buy off a deli buffet - old and dressed with a cheap chili sauce. The ginger fried rice was not good. Stay away from this dish unless you will be encountering vampires. The garlic was SO strong I couldn't eat it and I LOVE garlic. Ginger was no where to be tasted. The only saving grace was the Vietnamese chicken curry which was good - but nothing exceptional. Will never return.
Posted by Darren on 04/22/2008
"I had dinner on a Friday night at Spice Market and I have to tell you, it was beyond incredible. The whole experience took me to another place away from my crazy week. It was such a soothing and relaxing experience (and VERY romantic for all you lovers out there!). The lights are dimmed and the music is just right, not so loud that you have to scream over everyone to talk, but just enough to the mood. I really felt like I was dining in a world away from the city. But the best part was the food...every dish has a little surprise to it that made it so tasty. It was so creative and nothing so spicy and overly prepared. Nothing could beat the red snapper! It was so smooth and tasty, and melted in your mouth. The whole evening was truly the best night out after a long week at work. The watiers attended to my every need and never kept me waiting. Thumbs up to the staff!
Posted by Kitty Kat on 03/30/2008
The best part of this restaurant is the decor! Hostess and waiters were disappointing.....The food? Mushroom Egg Rolls were not good, along with the sea bass....Samosas and spicy chicken were ok but very similar to something you could find in a fast food place.....Will not go back!
Posted by FoodFanatic04 on 03/24/2008
I hate going to the Meat Packing District, it is really touristy and overpriced. When my visiting friends wanted to try Spice Market, of course I agreed (to keep them happy) but was secretly not looking forward to it. My friends loved it and I have to admit that I was suprised as well. The food was really great (the chicken samosas were spicy and crunchy) and the drinks were not too bad either. We were there on a Saturday and it was really crowded, but we did not wait that long for our cocktails. The deal breaker for me was the atmosphere. The servers were calm, well dressed and all very exotic. The place itself was dim and sexy, certainly the next place to bring a date. All in all, what I once dubbed as a tourist spot ended up being great for a local too. The food was good, the drinks were tasty and the atmosphere is not to be missed. Give it a try!
Posted by Spicy Girrl on 02/24/2008
I went her last month with three friends all with varrying budgets -student, professional-mix. Even though the atmosphere is pretty cool, the service was pretty lousy. They sat us directly across from the doorway on one of the coldest nights in Manhattan. Also, the waiter refused to give us separate checks and they couldn't do multiple credit card charges. Huh? So, they expect everyone to be on a date with the guy paying, I'm assuming. Groups of friends who all pay, I suppose are unwelcome at this establishment. While the entrees and deserts are delicious, I do NOT recommend this place for groups of friends. The drinks are tasty and it's not a bad for a couple afterwork drinks and an appetizer, but unless you're on a date, head elsewhere in the Meatpacking District for your meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/24/2008
Having dined at the Spice Market several times prior to last evening, I had highly anticpated the meal. My appetizer was up to par - black peppered shrimp. This encouraged me to order the lobster entree. Unfortunately, this is where my happy meal turned sour. The lobster was definitely defrosted, cold, limp and favourless. The side dish ordered was snap peas and they too, were cold and limp. One of the staff asked how I was enjoying the dinner. I told him. As a form of apology he had the waiter bring me a chocolate carmel desert. Carmel is one of my least favorite sweets. I would not return to the Spice Market despite its ambience.