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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.

            2. It's a somewhat gimmicky restaurant, but no, I would say it's certainly not "bad." I'd say it's on par with very good takeout in some cases, a bit better than that in others. I had a dessert there (some kind of semi-frozen chocolate log with somethat that approximated caramel popcorn on top; I forget as it was a couple years ago) that was one of my favorites I have had anywhere.

              It is what it is. If you want a sceney restaurant with a dramatic space, it's not bad, or at least, it wasn't when I went. I would definitely take out of town people there, or a big group if I had a plan to go out in the Meatpacking District. It's certainly no worse than Buddakan, IMHO.

              1. I really enjoyed it the one time I was there, but that was years ago (maybe 2003?). I've heard that it has steadily declined, and with so many other good restaurants in NYC to try, I haven't bothered to go back.

                1. I've found it great for a late weekend lunch - the service is better and you can linger without feeling rushed. I've given up going in the evenings. The last two times my small group had to wait 30-45 minutes despite having made month-in-advance bookings! Not acceptable in my book. However...the out of towners still love it so I am sure I have no choice but to return at some point...

                  1. the drinks are good, and the one time that i was there for food we were given a private room. we ended up paying way too much for underwhelming food....