Cafes >Cafe Spice
72 University Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.733241 -73.993680
Mon-Wed: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm;
Thurs: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11:30pm;
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
My favorite Indian Restaurant – This place is great. I had a huge group for my birthday and we were well taken care of. The waitress was very patient with us and the food is phenomenal! Service was prompt, friendly and great. Slightly on the pricey side but worth it!
Not your average Indian restaurant – Cafe Spice is a beautiful restaurant, with a warm ambience (especially the booths). The wait for 2 on Sat. at 9pm with no reservations was only 5 minutes. Service was friendly and fast. The food was very tasty and there were several vegetarian options. Specifically the dahl is some of the best in town. If you order the platters all of your typical Indian side items are included so it is a good value. One of my new favorite Indian restaurants. I can't comment on how authentic it is, but it was pretty darn good! Interestingly I saw 2 tables with kids who seemed to like the food too, so that was fun.
Not for the rushed. – The food here is rather good, but only if you like to wait for it. I like the somosas, chai, and the chole, but the dhosas and dhal were kinda dissapointing. The service varys from day to day- sometimes they're very nice, and sometimes not. The kitchen however, is almost always slow. Also, specify if you like your food spicy- its rather bland if you don't. The ambience is pretty and nice for conversation, so a casual lunch here would probably be best.
Disappointed service – Sometimes serving good food does not mean your customers SHOULD be happy... I was told I need to pay for additional cup of tea if I want to REFILL HOT WATER, even though what I ordered was just a Lypton black tea. Astonished was how i looked. Feeling ridiculous so just told myself not go there anymore...
Good food, terrible service – I've been to Cafe Spice several times, and while the food has always been good, the service ranges from mediocre to awful. My most recent visit was my last - the behavior of our waitress was almost shocking. When she wasn't being sarcastic or downright rude, she spent her time studiously ignoring our table or pointing us out to the other waitstaff. I've always been an overgenerous tipper, but it was a stretch to justify even the couple of bucks we left her. The food's good, but I won't be back.
A colorful bistro offering spicy Indian specialties. – In Short
This Indian bistro is stylish and vibrant, with orange-and-red walls and exotic aromas wafting from the kitchen. Sit next to NYU and New School professors and students dining on food adapted from Goa, Punjab and southern India, including Goan fish curry and Galina Xacutti--chicken and potato simmered in a puree of coconut and spices. Desserts include a sweet masala chai and keer, and cardamom- and saffron-flavored rice pudding.
Very good (spicy) food – I love the food here, and although it is pricey, the entree comes with rice, naan, dal, and salad, which makes it worthwhile. It is better to make reservations because the place is always full. The service is also slow. For appetizer, I like Potli Samosa, but sometimes it is improperly cooked, which ruins the taste. I love the spice content of food, which suits my traditional Indian taste for spicy food!!
Terrible!! – Ordered appetizer and entree and had to wait 40 mins only for us to flag the waitress down and ask her if we were going to get the food. She replies, "You should have told me before". She then goes to to the kitchen, which is in plain view, and grabs the food off the steel shelves. Apparently its the customer's job to remind the waitress to bring the food. As for the food, it was terrible. Being an Indian myself and having been to many restaurants, there was simply no taste. About the only thing somewhat good was the naan, which you can't really mess up.
The Taste of Authentic Indian food – If you want to have the taste of India check this out. The ambience makes you feel good. The reasonably priced mouthwatering delicasies would tempt you to dine at cafe spice everytime you are in New york.
Great Service – I dined at Cafe Spice last week with 4 other friends.
Lucky enough to get a booth.The food was great and the servers went out of the way to help me select the right dish.We ordered a platter that was an asssortment of appetizers which was great recomendation.The drink specials(lychee martini) also were great. Making a prior reservation is advisable.
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