First of all let me start by saying that my pictures could do no justice to the amazingly cool interior of Spice Market, when you walk in, you feel like you’ve been transported to some Southeastern Asian bazaar or spice market in the Middle East. I greatly recommend checking this place out for that alone!
It was my birthday and also our last night in NYC so I was a little emotional about the whole thing, so you’ll have to excuse my pictures and the overall quality of this review as I am telling you now, I wasn’t 100% focused! But I wanted to feature this restaurant because of how much I loved the decor, even if the food and service were not spectacular. We were a large group of 12, so I should have taken lots of pictures of lots of different dishes, but like I said I was a little distracted – sorry! I did however manage to take a picture of these very cool “chips” that they gave us to start. They were super crispy and thin and came with a delicious spicy red sauce for dipping. I wish I knew what it was!
My friend and I split two appetizers – Lobster Summer Roll with a citrus dill gelee and sriracha emulsion and Spiced Chicken Samosas with cilantro yogurt. The lobster summer roll is pictured above (already half eaten – oops!) and I forgot to take a picture of the samosas 🙁 Although I will say that the samosas were delicious! They had a nice crispy and flakey crust filled with tender and piquant chicken. The summer roll was a great summer app, very light and filled with crunchy vegetables and chunky lobster. My friend didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it.
For my main dish, I chose the Chili Garlic Egg Noodles with seared shrimp and star anise. I thought the dish was good, but nothing great. It had a bit of spice to it, and the shrimp were good, but nothing about it was overly special. Also my friend had ordered the same dish, and it arrived before her appetizer did! They had a mix up with her order and kept bringing her the Tuna Tartare instead of the Salmon Tartare, and even sent out her entrée before they figured out the mix up! Like I said, not the best service… Additionally any time we needed our server, we pretty much had to chase him down. He never offered us more drinks and our water glasses were always empty.
Since it was my birthday I felt obligated to get some dessert! We all decided to share the Ovaltine Kulfi with caramelized banana and spiced milk chocolate sauce. I honestly have no idea what Kulfi is, but it reminded me of a chocolate bar with some nougat or something like that on the inside. It was quite delicious and sweet!
The overall opinion of the group was that the food was not great at Spice Market. I thought it was just me because I picked a pretty plain dish, but no one loved their options either. BUT I still loved the place… I would probably go again just because of the beautiful decor and cool ambience. It’s a great place to go with a big group of people for a fun night out in meatpacking, just don’t expect too much from the cuisine and you won’t be disappointed!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Spice Market | www.spicemarketnewyork.com | 403 W 13th Street