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Can't get into Spice Market or Megu. Where to go?

JC2 Jan 15, 2009 06:35 AM

Friend in from out of town. Wants Asian food. I can't get into Spice Market or Megu. Anything else with that type of atmosphere and food?

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    candyapple13 Jan 15, 2009 06:59 AM

    Mai House might be an option

    Mai House
    186 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013

    1. LeahBaila Jan 15, 2009 07:15 AM

      Chinatown Brasserie, Buddakan, Morimoto


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        JC2 Jan 15, 2009 07:42 AM

        Thanks. I know that Chinatown Brasserie is very big on this site, but personally I don't think it is in the same league as these others.

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          LeahBaila Jan 15, 2009 07:44 AM

          In the same league as Spice Market? I found the food there pretty disappointing.


      2. vvvindaloo Jan 15, 2009 07:51 AM

        I think Buddakan is a great option. Their food and drinks are better than Spice market, IMO.

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          eameyer Jan 15, 2009 11:27 AM

          Buddakan is great. Between Spice Market and Megu, Megu hands down. Heard Spice Market is very disappointing. The sushi at Megu is great, very fresh.

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            rrems Jan 15, 2009 06:46 PM

            Chow Bar. Food is similar to Spice Market but of higher quality, with lower prices and no attitude, but a festive atmoshpere.

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              foodwhisperer Jan 15, 2009 10:35 PM

              Buddakan was more expensive renovation than megu 11 million vs 8 million or something like that. Buddakan is good choice and I enjoy the food more there than at the overpriced, overrated Megu, Although the bar at Megu is really nice. Another choice is Kittichai, a really nice place

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              1. re: foodwhisperer
                vvvindaloo Jan 16, 2009 07:47 AM

                I had forgotten about Kittichai. I went about 3 years ago, and thought the food was good. Drinks good also. Management/service a bit snotty. Decor was par for the course (sleek, sultry, dark, exotic). But I do remember thinking that, while I liked what I ate, it was grossly overpriced for what you get. If it were my friend, I would take them to Buddakan. But Kittichai is also an option to consider, with better food than Spice Market.

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                jthefoodie Jan 16, 2009 09:07 AM

                What about Susur Lee's new Shang?

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                1. re: jthefoodie
                  JC2 Jan 16, 2009 09:17 AM

                  I have a reservation at Buddakan. Has any one been to Shang yet? Reports?

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                    vvvindaloo Jan 16, 2009 09:21 AM

                    Excellent choice.

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                  rmw102176 Jan 16, 2009 12:17 PM

                  Kuma Inn, Fool! On the lower east side...no scene, but SICK food!

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                  1. re: rmw102176
                    foodwhisperer Jan 16, 2009 04:28 PM

                    i second the Kuma Inn,, its a hidden gem

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