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403 W. 13th St., nr. Ninth Ave. (Meatpacking District)
New York, NY
(1) 212-675-2322 | www.spicemarketnewyork.com
HOURSSun.-Wed.: 12:00pm-12:00am; Thurs.-Sat.: 12:00pm-1:00am
BEST FORLunch; dinner; late night
PRICE (APPETIZER; MAIN; PRIX FIXE LUNCH)USD 9-16.50; USD 18-37; USD 24
FAMOUS PLATESRed curried duck; onion and chili crusted short ribs egg noodles and pea shoots; ginger fried rice
DRINKS AND WINEWine; beer; tea; house made sodas; sake; cocktail list; full bar
# OF SEATS284 (including 84 downstairs)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO14th St.-8th Ave. (A, C, E, L)
This time it’s Southeast Asian street food that gets the culinary finesse of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who was inspired by his own travels abroad when creating the menu. Artifacts imported from far-flung destinations like Burma, Malaysia, and South India fill the bi-level space with the exotically richly colors and textures–just sitting in this restaurant is an over-the-top sensory experience. Amid the piles of Asian ephemera, stylish guests nibble sharable plates like cilantro-infused samosas and curried duck, all while watching the drama of the sexy power scene unfold around them.
The young, fashionable Downtowners and fans of Jean-Georges’s culinary empire (or just his sophisticated take on street stall fare).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This place is hot, hot, hot. Seek to impress with a sleek little dress, statement heels, sparkly earrings, and a designer clutch.
GO HERE WITH
A group of friends for a celebratory occasion; we don’t recommend this spot for date night because you will likely be too focused on what is going on around you to enjoy the one-on-one.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The dramatic interiors are to die for. And the food is much better than one would expect from a massive, trendy Meatpacking hangout.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The Asian artifacts are a double-edged sword: they are fun, but they might be a little much for a restaurant. Also, the space can be really dark (like, difficult-to-read-your-menu dark), and service is a crapshoot.
GOOD TO KNOW
The menu focuses on Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai, and Indian foods usually found at food stalls and street markets. The tasting menu is a great choice (especially if it’s your first visit) to get a feel for the options, and at USD 48,it’s a real bargain (considering this is a Jean-Georges venture). If you’re in a party of six or more, there are some beautiful subterranean alcoves that can be reserved for more privacy. The second floor bar is definitely worth a look. If you’re into the party scene and want to go out in the Meatpacking District afterwards, then come on a weekend night. If you’re just looking for a cozy (but trendy) meal, go on a weekday night or for lunch.
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