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
Good Food – I would definitely eat here again. Food was fresh, tasty, no complaints. It is a bit pricey but not as pricey as some other places I can think of where the food is not as good.
perfect indian bistro – Been here awhile, just went here. They were super cool about seating our large group. the servers were attentive, the food was great, and the prices are fair considering the quality of the food. Definitely want to make a habit out of this place.
Great Indian near Union Sqaure! – We went to Cafe Spice before heading to Bowlmor Lanes last Firday night. The food we found was really authentic. Compared to other restaurents in nyc, it's an absolute bargain! Service was nice and the restaurant has a nice bistro setting . Definitely will be going back!
Good Indian Food – This is a good Indian restaurant, nothing out of the ordinary though. The restaurant is cozy, and the service is wonderful. Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu, and was very attentive. There are so many appetizers, entrees and side dishes to choose from, that it's hard to pick which one to get. The naan and papadum with all the different chutneys was amazing. My friend ordered the "Achari Tikka" as an appetizer and loved it. I ordered the "Bhindi Masala" (okra) as an entree, which was good, I just wish it was spicier. Overall, this restaurant was good, although if I went back I'd want to try a different entree, because everything else was good.
great menu knowledge – I went to cafe spice on a saturday eve with my 3 other friends, restaurant wasn't busy so we got the lovely booth.ambience was ok though litttle dark may be they were trying to make it romantic but we were all guys so didn't matter for us.hostess was really warm and helpful.we had a lovely and pretty server(indian).she knew the menu inside out so we didn't even had to look at the menu. we all got what we were craving for...great indian food...I wanted to have a stew like chicken and my friend wanted a spicy dish and thanks to the server we had a great meal.I would say indian food at its best.will definately go back to try their appetizers, now it's a new place for us to hangout when in nyc.
Love their tandoori shrimp! – Eat in is better than takeout -- like most places. Everything I've had here is fresh and flvaorful.
I especially like their saag (spinach) dishes and their tandoori shrimp. Chicken tikka masala is good too.
Don't expect one of those dark places like in the East Village. Their decor reminds me of Pottery Barn. But to me, it's good food that counts... I like this place!
Possibly the worst Indian restaurant in Manhattan – This place is completely overpriced, the service is terrible, the portions are smaller than most Indian restaurants, and the food is bland. You're paying for ambiance, but be prepared for apathetic and/or nonexistent staff members, and be prepared to pay EXTRA for RICE. We waited at least 25 minutes just to get a glass of wine, and our server didn't even apologize for the wait (note: she only had two other tables besides ours). After she dropped off our food, we never saw her again, and we had to physically get up and find someone to bring us our check long after we were done eating.
EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE – Went to Cafe Spice with 4 of my friends on a saturday night.We were greeted promptly by the waiter who was very nice and cordial.She was very helpful in suggesting us drinks and helped us in ordering a lot of good dishes since we knew nothing about Indian food. We were fast to order the appetizer platter since we were very hungry. The food looked very appetizing and delicious since it came on a variety of fancy plates. We ended our great experience by having Gulab Jamun (dessert) recommended by the waiter. I thanked my friend who recommended me this restaurant and will certainly recommend it to others.
borderline rude, maximizing clientele turnover – Went on a double date with friend and his girlfriend for a few drinks and appetizers. We couldn't carry our conversation as we were routinely interrupted by waitress and servants asking us to order and hinting that we're taking too much time -- amazing, we just sat down. The entire place and the treatment we received felt as a conveyor belt. In terms of the food itself -- nothing special, we limited ourselves to several appetizers. Yet paired with such rude service, would never recommend for anyone interested in carrying any kind of conversation while there. If just to drop in, quickly stuff yourself and jet out -- to keep their turn-over. Perhaps.
Good food, if you are willing to wait – I've been to at Cafe Spice probably 5-8 times, it is probably still the best Indian restaurant around Union Square. To sum it up:
Service varies from good to mediorce, depending on which waiter you get; generally it is just average Ok. Seating is always prompt, though the restaurant does fill up in the evening. Food is usually very good, though ocasionally I wondered about freshmess of raw vegatables in side orders. As many other reviewers noticed, your order is often slow to arrive - this is particularly true in the evening but is not a problem during lunch time. The decor is vibrant and eye-pleasing with several semi-private boths on the right side of the dining hall, which are great for a date.
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