Spice - Union Square
Spice - Union Square

Spice - Union Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spicethainyc.com/spice/home/index.html#
  • Phone: 2129823758
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 11:30pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 12:30am
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant directly with any questions pertaining to catering or private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Place
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, N, R, W, Q train to 14th Street Union Sq. Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Spice - Union Square
Two floors, with two characteristics. The new Spice is more stylish and yet holds an appealing sophisticated feel. Now with a full bar, guests can enjoy our varieties of cocktails, imported beers, and liquors. The music played is composed by an acclaimed DJ from Thailand which is sure to brighten your mood. With the same great affordable Thai food and friendly service that made us beloved on University with our new space we can accommodate all guests that seek an exciting dining-out experience with a high class atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerThai
Spice - Union Square reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (12)fit for foodies (10)romantic (7)special occasion (6)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good thai great ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    nice date spot.............................................................................................................
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, but tight
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love dining here, but we were seated at a table that was a tight squeeze. Our legs kept kicking either each other or the legs of the table. Food was delicious, atmosphere was great, and the drinks were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichelleVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I usually really like the food here but this was the first time I had a bad experience. I ordered a red curry and asked the waiter to make it less spicy and the curry that came was yellow in color and the the shrimp was not cooked well. Tasted horrible. Also, I asked the waiter to put no ice in my drink and he told me that his manager told him to put a lot of ice in the drinks. What the hell!!!! Ice isn't cheap either!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid at all cost
    j1235VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to Spice last night with my son who is a vegetarian. I was hoping it would have lot is options. It does have an extensive menu but there was not one thing we order that was edible. The food was truly awful. I took my entree home in a doggie bag and half way down the street left it for a homeless person because I knew I wouldn't be able to eat it again. Poor quality meats, the curry was not flavorful and just hot. I have been to the downtown location many years ago and that was great this is just bad!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    Hank
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Four of us recently had dinner at Spice. Each of our dishes were very good, and the waitstaff and chef were attentive to our specific dietary requests. The only negative was that this attractive restaurant is very noisy. We were seated on the balcony which allowed us to converse normally, but had we been downstairs, it would have been difficult. Nonetheless, I will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rumsondine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always great food. Noise and tight seating may be a turn off for those looking for a quiet evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service lacking.
    Mommafry
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Overall our group enjoyed Spice. The food couldn't be better. However, the service was lacking. It took awhile to get a waiter. I have to say though, once they started waiting on us, the service improved. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • too loud
    yosser
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I met some old friends there and the volume was way too loud. Hostess seemed pretty self absorbed and appeared to be doing us a big favor by seating our party even though we had reservations. This is a place for 20 something kids who want to a cheap and cheerful meal. Food was ok but we had to ask our waitress for utensils, then napkins, and then a plate when a late guest arrived (after sitting there for 20mins) etc. If you are over 40 there are better places where you can actually hear yourself speak.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiana
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great as usual! Such a lovely place to go for lunch with their specials that run ALL week! Also rhe very handy location (Union square) make it so easy to access !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Go To
    BrunchAficionado
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've found my new go-to for quick dinners or lunches in union square. Cheap, delicious, good service. The best drunk man's noodles I've ever tasted. The food presentation is also beautiful
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Congenial
    Janet
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation for dinner here about 2 hrs prior and were accommodated on time! Food was good, priced right and service was very good. I would go here again if I was in the neighborhood looking for a place to eat!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Noisy
    jjcrrm
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The worst thing about this place is that the noise level is way too loud. I also hated seating on top of everyone. The chairs were terribly uncomfortable as well. The food was very good but don't order wine here - they serve bad, spoiled red wine and instead of opening a new bottle when we complained, they tried to get us to order a different kind.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiana
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I had a lovely experience at Spice. The food was reasonably priced (9 dollars for entree AND appetizer - as it was the lunch deal). It's quite similar to other Thai restaurants deal but the place is also really cute - it's very much the design rather than traditional. I went with a Thai friend and he said the food was a little bit modified compared to what one can get in Thailand (because of the types of products etc.) but it was very nice still . I would definitely recommend Spice to anyone :) because it's cheap and the atmosphere is nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service and no AC!
    VandySanctus
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We dined here with a baby. Probably not the best idea, I'll give them that, but the restaurant was hot and it was difficult to get the attention of the staff (despite how small it was!). Also, no changing table in the bathroom. I love Spice in NYC, but won't be going back to this location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    SarckVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This used to be my fave Thai in ny when I lived here ten years ago so I came in for lunch when visiting last week. The lunch special is still a great deal though my chicken and pineapple dish was mostly onions and ginger--there was very little chicken. The salad was good and sticky rice delicious. Good, inexpensive option with a nice space and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude Hostess!
    Anita
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The food is excellent at this restaurant, once the hostess lets you sit down. I had a reservation for 7 pm for 2 people, and my date was late because of a last minute work assignment. I asked the hostess if I could sit and order drinks while I waited. She said no and said to order drinks at the bar. At that time, there were at least three open two-top tables. She made me wait for over 40 minutes, though there was always at least one table open for 2 people. When I asked again if I could sit and order drinks, she told me I could only sit if I ordered my meal. I told her I needed to wait for my date and she turned away. Once my date arrived, I told him what happened and he asked the waiter if that was the policy. The waiter said no.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too loud
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You have to literally scream over the music and the other dozens of patrons who are doing the same. It was straining to keep yelling to my friend who was sitting across from me. It's a super busy place, so don't be surprised if you have to wait a bit for your table to be ready. Food was good though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Malibu
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was amazing! Decent portion, great flavors! Great decorations, music, and ambience. Hosts were nice. The only complaint I have is the tables are small and they put tables close to each other. Two plates takes up the whole table. I wouldnt recommend it for large groups (10+ people). Will go again for the food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Spice - Union Square reviews archive.
  • It's spice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Nothing particularly special about this location- just great Thai food, reasonable prices, and good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water down drinks
    Kris
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were there on May 9th and ordered Martinis and dinner. The 2 drinks we ordered were totally watered down. I don't expect for the first drink at $9.00 a piece. It was very disappointing and we won't go back if that's the way they work the bar there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gary
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was amazing! The ambiance could have been better and my server only took my order and brought me the check (without asking if I wanted dessert or was finished for the evening). Additionally, she "accidentally" charged me 18% gratuity, despite the fact that there were only two of us (thankfully I noticed prior to paying). With that being said, I have been to this Spice on many ovations and have always thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I have always had great, attentive, and friendly servers and I usually go at night when the staff have lit candles, improving the ambiance and giving the restaurant a romantic feel.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for lunch not dinner
    Christine
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I was disappointed in the ambiance of Spice. We dined at the Union Square location and were seated upstairs where the cushions were worn and sad looking. The food was ok but not outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been awesome
    Lulu
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The person that sat us down was very rude but our waiter was attentive and excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks Only Spot
    LASunshyne
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Spice was perfect for a couple of drinks if you are in the Union Square area. The space is tight even though on two floors. The furniture is cheap/plastic and to be honest, the food was average. The service was slow as we sat for a full 10 minutes before anyone said hello. I was there on a Thursday on a rare warm NYC night and the energy was upbeat. I wouldn't break my neck to eat there again but I might stop by the bar for a drink.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    Jaye
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I.had.a.great time as i.usually do. Every new dish i try - i make it a habit to try something different everytime- is delish ! i love coming with friends and afterwards the location allows me.to bar hop all over the place !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crowded but still good
    noonisVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Though I really like this restaurant and I understand that it's very busy, it's frustrating to make a reservation and then not get your table for weird caveats. I understand not seating the table until everyone is there but if you're holding the table, that shouldn't be a problem, regardless of whether everyone orders their meals immediately. Also, since we were a party of 7, we were going to be seated on the roof, however since one of us was in the bathroom (in the restaurant), we lost that table because we all had to get into the elevator to the rooftop at the same time. Very odd policies that would perhaps be less confusing if were made known at the time of making the reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Karry
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I love Spice!! Their food never disappoints. It's always on point. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite!
    strebl21
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We went here on a Friday night with a group of friends. We absolutely loved the food and the prices and will be going back for sure!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, very crowded restaurant
    noonisVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food is always good which is probably why the place was so packed but it was almost uncomfortably so. The staff handled it well though and somehow, even though the music was audible, it wasn't overwhelming.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    ARiiED
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I made reservations through OpenTable, I arrived a little before my reservation and was seated immediately! This is amazing considering the crowd this restaurant attracts on a friday/saturday night. Service was prompt and courteous. I love dining here and will recommend Spice Union Square to anyone who loves good food at a great price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad
    Hungrypoet
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I went to Spice with a small group on Saturday night after an outing. We were seated in about five minutes (had a reservation), but then waited a long time for a waiter. We wanted to talk about what we had done that day, but it was so loud we could hardly hear each other without shouting. The food was not bad at all (I enjoyed the crispy duck), and it wasn't crazily overpriced, so I'd recommend it for reasonably inexpensive, enjoyable food in a pinch. I made the reservation that morning, so I was glad to have a viable option on a Saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating in the dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Seating was very tight, kinda felt like the waiter was sitting on my shoulder to take the dinner order of the diners next to us. Too dark to read the menu and I thought it was just my eye sight but when the other diners across from us took up their phone to use the flash light to read the check, I was confirmed. Music was so loud I felt like we were at a lounge instead how having a quant dinner and pleasant conversation
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This is more of a high school cafeteria. Food was 'spicy' so technically warm, but not to touch. Everything had the same sauce . The only difference was in quantity. The quality of the mets was very questionable and I am not surely dog would have been impressed. Very disappointing will never return.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious Night Out
    luvnyfoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Dined at Spice-Union Square on Saturday. The scene was hopping and the food was delicious. Amazingly, using open table, we were seated right away during a very busy time frame around 7:30. The wait staff was very accommodating and service was quite speedy. Delicious and unique pad thai with shrimp. Can definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicey Spice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I love coming to Spice. The food is always great no matter what I try there. You get quick efficient service and overall pleasant experience. The wait can be long so make reservervations or get there early!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai
    MLADines
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Lots of food at a reasonable price. Good choices for both adventurous and cautious palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    BdimoVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    First - the hostess was unbelievably rude! I was shocked. In this day of social media and the internet - all businesses have to be on their best behavior. The food was not up to par for a SPICE restaurant. The Chelesa location is far superior to this one. The food tasted like it came off a buffet and they just put it on the plate for you. It was very embarassing having a business lunch there - I thought it would be like the other Spice locations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unremarkable
    Terri
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    In a city with endless options for good eating, no need to eat here. Food is unremarkable. Very noisy (not energetic, as suggested by the online rating system).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome drinks and appetizers!!
    nycfoodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place for a girls night out or date night... Lots of shareable items moderately priced. Great mojitos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The food was great as always. I made reservations online in advance and unfortunately my party and I had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The waiter was kind enough and gave us an option to order while waiting. Very nice but remove the option to reserve if Spice is unable to hold tables for their guest. It was pretty embarrassing for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.