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Feb 12, 2007 06:07 AM

Asia de Cuba, Buddha Bar, Kittichai or Spice Market? Please help!

I will be driving up from Philly and taking my wife into your lovely city again next weekend (Saturday the 17th) for a Valentine's dinner and night out (we never do Valentine's Day proper for obvious reasons). We are serious food eaters but my wife also loves to dine at sleek, chic, sexy places that also have good food.

So, I am considering 4 different places and need your help deciding on which ONE to go to. You'll see by my choices I have decided on an Asian-themed dinner with decor as a significant factor, but still wanting good food. So with that in mind please give me your opinions on the following (feel free to rank them if you want to):

Asia de Cuba
Buddha Bar
Spice Market

Which one has the best combination of food and decor? From other postings I am leaning toward Kittichai but please let me know what you all think. Also, feel free to suggest any places for a lively night life/dancing afterwards. I was thinking of places like Cielo and Gonzalez y Gonzalez (wife is half Cuban). We are in our mid-forties but don't want stuffy places. Thank you for any and all help!

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  1. I don't like Kittichai for the food. The decor is very sleek, hip and beautiful, but the food is no good.

    Asia de Cuba, I was pleasantly surprised. The food is very well done and tasty. The all white atmosphere is gorgeous. I would go here.

    Spice Market is beautiful too but the food is only so-so.

    Buddha Bar is solid and big and dark.

    I lived in Philly too for awhile and loved Buddhakan there. The one here is amazing for its atmosphere and is nothing like the one in Philly. The food is solid too (surprisingly, I liked it).

    1. I'd consider a revisit to Asia de Cuba. It's not as good as the LA outpost, but its a cool space and the food is on par if not better than the other places you've listed. Spice Market is a pretty cool space...but AdC is more "sleek", per your request. The Morgan Library/Museum next door is worth a visit too.

      1. If you dont have a reservation already you are not going to get one at any of the above places for Valintines day. But if you could I would go with Buddhakahn

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        1. I would go with either Asia de Cuba or Buddha Bar. Asia de Cuba, while not as good as its LA location is still a great meal. The food is very inventive. If you go, you must have the calamari salad and the banana split for dessert! Buddha Bar is also great!
          If you only want sushi/japanese then i would go with BB, but if you want something asian but without sushi then you should go to Asia de Cuba.

          1. I would also choose Asia de Cuba. I was really surprised by how good our entire meal was when we went. From what I remember there is a big communal table in the restaurant - so if you want the experience to be more romantic - ask to be seated at your own table.