Review: The Spice Market by Jean – Georges Vongerichten, New York, USA

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Review: The Spice Market by Jean – Georges Vongerichten, New York, USA

Based on a drive by on MrsWT73’s Sex in the City Tour, we opted for a dinner at Spice Market by Jean – Georges Vongerichten. Jean Georges has restaurants in many cities, including Market in our native city of Vancouver. I also happen to have his cookbook “Asian Flavors of Jean Georges” so it was a great opportunity to give him a try.

Spice Market
by Jean- Georges Vongerichten
403 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014, United States

The restaurant is in the Meat Packing District south of Chelsea. It became our favorite neighborhood to visit in New York City. The restaurant is two blocks from the wonderful New York Highline, which made for a great walking activity before dinner.

I booked a reservation on Open table two days before at 8:45 PM. Open Table in New York is an interesting process, with some 1,400 restaurants available.

On arrival, we had to wait for 15 minutes while the table was “prepared” despite lots of empty tables. Indeed we were caught between the first and second services as many others were waiting as well. We were offered a seat (or stand) by the bar with the other guests. These people all had bookings since others were being turned away at the door, citing a 30 minute wait.

Inside the restaurant, a pretty dark space all around. It was the most South East Asian decorated restaurant I think I’ve ever experienced. It was done in a tasteful manner, although I didn’t feel like I was really experiencing South East Asia.

The food at Spice Market is delivered “tapas” style. This means that it’s encouraged to share since one person could be completely finished their meal prior to the other person getting anything.

We ended up sharing the satay. It was the best satay I’ve ever had. The peanut sauce was devine.

A side of fried rice with fresh egg. It was well prepared with fresh vegetables and crisp noodles.

We had some samosas with an excellent cilantro yoghurt dressing (not pictured) and a terrific striploin steak with a coriander dressing, paired with a Central Coast Pinot Noir.

The check was reasonable at $131. Spice Market seems to be a bit touristy due to it’s location. Either way, Jean Georges still puts out a solid product. It was a near perfect high end dining experience if not for the slight dis-organization near the front on arrival.

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