Thai >Spice Thai Restaurant
104 2nd Avenue, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727416 -73.988157
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
GOOD THAI IN EAST VILLAGE – Always a go to Thai Place in the East Village. Fast Delivery in less than 20 minutes. They even hand out coffee mugs to repeat customers!
If you're in the area, a decent choice. – I just ate dinner here with 2 friends; we stumbled upon the place while in the neighborhood. I had a positive experience; we all ordered a soup to start, and at $3 for a decent sized bowl, we all nodded in approval (and they were tasty with fresh ingredients--my mushrooms were not mushy which is hard to accomplish in soup unless it's fresh!). We were all satisfied with our main meals as well. I ordered a spiced chicken breast, can't recall the name, which came with two decent sized fillets. One friend ordered the basil chicken and cleaned her plate. I would go back if I'm in the area.
Fine quality, service and fair value – Went here with the family (who are not particulatly adventurous eaters) after reading the menu from the window and deciding there would be something for everyone. Service was attentive, atmosphere was fine - 'mild' techno, not too loud to prevent conversation. Appetizer beef salad was well flavored but beef was dry (overcooked). Seafood dumplings were v. good according to the 11 and 15 year-olds. 3 out of 4 dinners were very good- drunken noodles, basil chicken and a Salmon special; grilled chicken was brought out cool but quickly reheated. Not as cheap as some other local Thai but not overpriced either.
Don't bother. Two strikes you're out – Let's try the new neighborhood Thai restaurant. Why not? Looks nice enough, albeit being usually empty? Seated at a decent table, it looked promising.
Together with a friend we ordered 2 soups, an appetizer, and 2 main courses. I'm an extremely fair patron, and will let most things slide, but this dining experience just made me mad. The soups took a good 25 minutes to arrive, and when they did, the soups were barely lukewarm. Had to return, on principle. What gives? The restaurant wasn?t too busy, but only at 45% capacity?
The spring rolls were mediocre at best. The two dishes we ordered were Red Curry beef and Pad See Ew. The noodles were completely dry and quite tasteless; simply a disappointment. To be fair, the curry was pretty good with a decent portion. However, all the while, there?s annoying techno music/house blasting in the restaurant. One would think the music would galvanize the wait staff and kitchen to work a little faster/better.
Despite the initial experience, I decided to give it another go yesterday. I ordered the same red curry beef takeout with an extra portion of sticky rice. Since I was paying for the extra rice, I made sure to reiterate that I would be receiving 2 portions of rice: regular and sticky. ?yes, yes? . Get home and see they've only included the sticky rice, with a sub-portion of curry. Seriously?
This is the East Village, with 5 restaurants per block on average. I doubt Spice will survive the year, and I hope it?s soon replaced with something better. If you?re craving good Thai food (who isn?t nowadays) look elsewhere.
Editorial Review – Spice is the premier Thai restaurant in the East Village where they deliciously infuse classic Thai cuisine with a dash of American cuisine accents.
Sub-standard food and service – This sterile newcomer should definitely get its liquor license soon, so that a cocktail might soften both its harsh neon atmosphere and its unimaginative and sub-standard fare. My companion and I ordered the Jade Dumplings, which turned out to be overcooked bits of shrimp in a thick, hard, chewy, tasteless green dough that was supposedly rice paper. They never put in my companion's order (the seafood combo), but, a while after I was served my basil snapper (overcooked miniscule snapper piece on top of soggy, soy sauce drenched vegetables that were painfully obviously precooked and reheated, and robbed of any life or flavor of their own in the process), they asked whether he was the one that had ordered it., and offered to speed it up. In the meantime, my overcooked snapper grew cold while we waited for the mish-mash of shellfish in some spicy sauce to make its way out of the reheating pile. Our waittress said she never heard my companion's order, so it must be good there's always a shellfish mess dish lying around the kitchen, just in case. We did not chance desert. There are plenty of good, cheap Thai places around (Republic is light years above this place) - this is not one of them.
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