For our last night in New York, Graeme and I had decided we wanted to treat ourselves to an eclectic restaurant. If anyone knows us, they know that we enjoy Asian cuisine –especially Thai and Japanese. When given the choice, we’ve got our chopsticks in one hand and wasabi in the other, raring to go! So during our hunt for the ultimate restaurant to leave New York with a full belly and a happy heart, we settled for the Spice Market.
We found it in a travel book, with a few sentences for a description. No menus or pictures were to be seen but we chanced it and headed off on the subway to find our restaurant in the midst of the Meatpacking District.
We arrived around 10pm and it was absolutely bustling, even for a Sunday night. The ambience was fantastic with exotically dressed servers, tall ceilings, hardwood floors, gold detailing, plush pillows and romantic lighting. Now would the food meet the high standards we had set?
Inspired by the Asian-style street food that you may find in Southeast Asia, the Spice Market captures a delectable fusion of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In other words, the menu is AWESOME! And the great part about it all is that each dish is designed to be shared which means you can let your taste buds linger on oodles of unique fare. In saying that, Graeme and I still couldn’t decide so we went for the prix fixe menu at $48 per person (excluding drinks and tip) and wound up with this fabulous line-up.
Passion Fruit Sangria: Gewürztraminer, Gran Gala, Blackberry, Orange -Glass $12
Tuna Ribbons, Chili Tapioca Asian Pear and Lime
Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt
Charred Chili Rubbed Beef Skewer Thai Basil Dipping Sauce
Butternut Squash Soup Ginger and Pumpkin Seeds
Ginger Fried Rice
Cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce Thai Basil
Char Grilled Chicken Kumquat Lemongrass Dressing
Thai Jewels and Fruits with Crushed Coconut Ice
Ovaltine® Kulfi Caramelized Banana and Spiced Milk Chocolate Sauce
If I haven’t convinced you yet, I’ll note the added bonus of exceptional service. Our server was uber-friendly and was very accommodating to my shellfish allergy (not that he really had a choice…).
From one food-lover to another, I hope you’ll consider the Spice Market next time you’re in New York. It’s not every day that you can feel as though you are walking the lanes of a Thai street market, lapping up the aromas and tastes of South Asian cuisine.
Have you ever visited the Spice Market? What were your thoughts?