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Jun 5, 2008 05:17 PM

Is Spice Market that bad?

I'm a big fan of Jean Georges and Perry Street and of Asian food, but I've been discouraged by what I've heard about Spice Market. It doesn't even seem to come up anymore on this board. So, is it really that bad?

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    1. Hmm... the food is very middling, but it is not disgusting. It just isn't good. At this price point, you kind of expect it to be.

      1. IMO, yes. If you like pan-Asian, try Chow Bar. It is less expensive and the food is better. It has a fun, lively atmosphere without the pretension of Spice Market.

        1. Not bad, just disapointing on how average it was after the media buildup,the initial wait for reservations, and the funky decor.The concept at the time was fresh, innovative, and seemingly well executed. However the food failed to live up to the hype.

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          1. re: currymouth

            i think the food may have been legitimately better when it first opened. it was many years ago and my palate has changed since then, I'm sure, but i do remember loving a candied ginger, duck, and green papaya salad on the original menu.

          2. The atmosphere is outstanding, the drinks are pricey but good...I'd go for drinks and app's, perhaps...wouldn't make a "night" of it.


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            1. re: LeahBaila

              I would agree, but only if it's a nice night and can get one of the prized tables by the windows.