Spice Market or Hurricane Club for 90th Birthday?
My mom is celebrating her 90th birthday next month and we want to take her out for a celebratory dinner. I've narrowed the choice of restaurant down to two (though happy to consider other places) based on the following criteria: 1. location (not too far from Chelsea, where she lives); 2. cost (under $100 per person; 3. food (mom likes Asian a lot, though this is not a must) 4. ambiance/fun factor (festive but not insanely loud; both Spice Market and Hurricane Club sound entertaining, upscale but not overly formal).
But there are a couple of factors that I'd like your help with, given that I live in another state and cannot check out the physical set-up of these restaurants personally.
1. Stairs or other physical obstacles: Mom needs a cane or walker to get around. She can handle a few stairs, but walking up a whole flight of stairs won't work. Ease of getting in and out of the restaurant would be a big plus.
2. Comfort for a party of ten on a Saturday evening. It has to be on a Saturday. We are happy to eat as early as 5 pm.
3. Special treatment: we don't need any, really, but if either place is especially solicitous of birthdays, that would be nice.
Thanks for any insight.
We ended up at Indochine and had a wonderful time. After some back and forth, I ended up pre-ordering from a prix fixe menu ($60 per person without drinks) which made the occasion seem that much more festive: food just appeared (and it helped that I know what kinds of dishes the 90 year old birthday girl likes). The included desert course included a chocolate cake (superb), inscribed, and sorbet. The folks at Indochine were extremely solicitous and the atmosphere was just right (no overly loud music, thank goodness). I also found a parking place directly in front of the restaurant, so the gods were definitely smiling on us. Thanks to all for the advice, especially the Indochine suggestion.
Spice Market looks very nice inside. I recall having to walk up steps to get in and as another poster commented the restrooms are down many many many steps. However, I would call them, someone on Yelp said they had a lift to accommodate a wheelchair, So definitely check. Some of the food might be a bit too spicy for a 90 year old person. I have never been to Hurricane Club. But a pleasant Asian restaurant with good food and good atmosphere is Indochine. It is not in Chelsea but on Lafayette and 8th St ( approx). A 10 minute taxi ride. There are about 4 steps to walk up, the rest rooms are on the same level as the restaurant. The Greenwich Grill is pleasant asian food and again a 10 minute cab ride. Finally , and no steps , is Jung Sik. Asian gourmet dining. 10 minute cab ride, I think you can do it within your budget. A meal to remember for sure.
happy birthday to your mom!
It's been a while since I did spice market but I think there were a few steps going in and the restroom was down a flight of stairs (but I am assuming they must have an elevator or a handicapped bathroom upstairs - might be a good idea to call and ask). I did like Spice Market though because we also were were for a birthday. They gave a free dessert for the birthday girl! I haven't been to Hurricane Club though.