Spice - Upper West Side
Spice - Upper West Side

Spice - Upper West Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spicethainyc.com/spice/home/index.html#
  • Phone: 2123625861
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Everyday : 11:30am - 3:30pm Dinner Sunday - Thursday : 4:00pm - 10:45pm Dinner Friday - Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of 81st Street
  • Public Transit: Take Train 1 or 2 to 79 th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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Spice - Upper West Side reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (15)great for lunch (12)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (8)romantic (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We ate outside on a gorgeous summer evening. It's a little more crowded and noisy inside.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HanaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was excellent. Our six-year old little guest finished a whole plate of teriyaki salmon, which was cooked perfectly. The service was so so, nice but slow during a non rush hour(we were there at 1:30 for lunch on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was dry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was not very tasteful and didn't enjoy it. I have Thai Food at many other restaurants and this one was bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simplicity at its best
    Thaifoodlover
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I loved Spice a nice little restaurant that is affordable with great service. Food was great and the set up is very nice. Definitely a new favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular diner
    gingerdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is my favorite Thai food spot in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sidewalk!
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nice that you can eat outside. Not much of a food critic but I did enjoy my mongolian shrimp dish and the place was really busy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food disappointing
    Ginny
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went here looking for a good Thai meal but was disappointed. My dish (stir-fry veggies w cashews) was too heavy on the sauce to taste any of the food. My guest's pad Thai lacked flavor. The service and atmosphere were fine.
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  • Great food especially for the price
    SJR1VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The Pork Chop is spectacular whether it was $12 or $22. Large portion and tender with an excellent sauce. My girlfriend got the seafood combo and it was good, too. She managed to finish the whole thing which is rare since usually eats about half the portion. Read some conflicting reviews on the service. I thought it was excellent and the waitress even ran outside after my directionally challenged girlfriend when I pointed out that I could see her walking by the place. I was going to get up to flag her down but before I knew it the server was running out the door to chase her down. She made good menu suggestions, too. It's a little on the small side but that is why you make reservations. Overall, a great place at a great value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and casual
    IncredibleVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Its a decent location and food on the UWS. The server respectful and neighborhood casual. Nothing special but very clean and comfortable to dine with your family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Spice has multiple restaurants throughout the city. Unfortunately, the quality of their food is inconsistent from location to location. We dined for lunch on a weekday. It was not the best food and service we have experienced among other Spice locations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First choice for 1st date
    admnyc
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This wasn't my first time at Spice, just this location. My date was finicky & had diet restrictions, but he loved the duck! Tables were tight but we managed to still have conversation without feeling like the people next to us could join in at any second. The chrysanthemum iced tea was a nice sweet change from my usual hot tea and my drunken man noodles did not disappoint. Service was okay, even though towards the end we felt a bit rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soothing place after work
    HanaVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was tasty, and the place was not crowded. Good for lunch or dinner. Thai food was well prepared and presented. Waitress was friendly. Would come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Spice - Upper West Side reviews archive.
  • Good dinner
    Teena
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I had the grilled chicken with papaya salad. Chicken was not as flavorful as I had hoped but coconut rice side was amazing! "Asian Sangria" was watery.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem
    cdravi10748
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We were looking for someplace new for us in the neighborhood and we heard about Spice.we were smart to make a reservation on Open Table because the place filled up quickly.the prices are reasonable and the service quick.the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian gem
    Delish1989
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Was heading out for some good Thai food, and it is exactly what I had hope for. Delicious. Very reasonable prices. 2 drinks, 2 appetizers, and 2 entrees and made it out for around $50. Definitely going back some time soon. The waitress also gave us a $5 off out next visit. Very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spice restaurant review
    Emski
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I really liked spice I went there to celebrate my birthday with a group, they were really good accommodating us and didn't have to wait which was a plus. The staff was nice but we had 3 different servers and couldn't quite keep up with the orders but the food was excellent everybody love it and we had a great time, would most definitely recomend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not this Thai Place
    Peter
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Find a different Thai place on the Upper West Side...food, service and even the tables are lacking. Food was very basic and way over cooked. Our table rocked back and forth. Service was prompt but not helpful or friendly. Low price but low quality.
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  • Ok food
    MeliVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I had heard about Spice a lot and finally went to try it. The food was alright, nothing special almost bland. The seating was too crowded and there isn't anywhere for people to wait for a tBle so everyone is kind of on top of each other.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai in the city
    PleasantlySurprised
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I've been going to Spice for almost 12 years at their multiple locations. To date, it's still the best Thai food I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Possibly best Pad Thai
    LiliMartinsVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    In my family we all like Spice, food is really great and service efficient. If it was my restaurant, with such good food, I would maybe make the decor more enticing. Its a bit shabby, chair not that comfortable. But for us and friends we brought with us, every time, all dishes we have ordered so far are delicious!! Our favorite Pad Thais!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Thai food at great prices
    wolfdaddyVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This is truly is a neighborhood gem -- good food, spiced or mild as you like it, with an emphasis on Thai cuisine. It's surprisingly inexpensive for this high-quality cooking. The flavors are delicious, with excellent noodle dishes in particular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thai Food "Decent@
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    As a neighborhood Thai restaurant, Spice is a nice choice. I judge Thai restaurants the first time around by ordering Pad Thai. Theirs was a little too sweet for my taste but my friends' dishes were all met with lots of praise. The salmon dish, being the favorite. I would go back and this time try something different, to give it a better assessment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Rama dish is my favorite entree!! So yummy and filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty food and lack of service
    young
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Food was very salty. Service was slow and we had to ask for several things twice. Wrong food came out (ordered shrimp black noodles, but got chicken). Not coming back
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  • Very rude
    RyanfVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    So I showed up for my reservation and my table was not ready. I tried to explain I had a reservation they did not seem to care and told me to come back later - different day they where full. Did not even try and be acomdating
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  • Terrible restaurant
    alibe
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I went for lunch with 3 friends last week. The food was truly terrible and the staff beyond unfriendly. When they made a mistake with one order, they took it away huffing. Any request "(water please?", or "is my food coming?") would only be met with a stern glare. It doesn't help that the terrace is on Amsterdam and traffic noise makes lunch even more unpleasant. I have no idea why this joint is so popular.
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  • Great Food, Bad Service
    Arris
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I'm a huge fan of this restaurant, have visited two of their other locations. However, at the Upper West Side location, the service was terrible. When my party of three got there, the restaurant was pretty empty...we sat for 20 minutes before I had to get up and ask for help. The server never came to our table to see how things were and twice I had to get up and order our drinks. I have never ever written a review before, but my experience at this location warranted one...
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  • Gluten in everything
    KaykayVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I was quite disappointed that there was no one at the restaurant that could tell me if any items on the menu were gluten free. I understand their caution and can much appreciate it. But even after I urged that it would be ok for my dietary restrictions if it were cooked with the same utensils but most importantly needed to not contain anything - the only food that was offered was steamed chicken or beef. Not even vegetables. If gluten is not you concern, then I hear the food is good and priced well for what you get. My friends tried the glass noodles and while unimpressive thought they were good for the cheap price. While the other one noted that that Hawaiian Pineapple chicken was quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rushed
    Mads
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    I met a friend here for dinner and we were rushed through the entire meal. We had barely sat down when a waiter asked to take our order and he proceeded to stand next to our table and wait for us to read the menu rather than coming back in a few minutes. Then, after the food came another waiter came by several times to ask if we were done yet while we were clearly still eating. I could understand if the restaurant had been full and people were waiting to be seated but the place was practically empty and it was nowhere near closing time.
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  • Great ambience & delicious food.
    Ajna
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Overall, I like Spice. The ambience was great at this Upper West Side location. The food is more or less the same as other Spice locations, but the service was much better than other locations around NYC. Good dining at a great price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - A bit Loud
    BuffaloLaurenVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    The restaurant wasn't too busy as we ate about 6:30p, the children in the restaurant made it loud but then it quieted down. Overall there was great service. The spare ribs were yummy and a great app. The pad thai was good for 2 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate
    Domi111VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    Not anything special. The staff was nice, but the food was eh.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    My wife and I had lunch at Spice today. It was our first in this restaurant. We found the food very good and the price was extremely reasonable. The location is very good as well. Service was quite friendly, a little slow. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was uniformly good.
    kehls
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The food was uniformly good. We got out of the theater later than expected and called to say we would be late, and they extended the closing of kitchen and bar to accommodate us, which was very nice. We were well served.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Thai Food at Good Price
    GDining
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    I'm not a thai food connoisseur by any means, but I've never had a bad experience at Spice. Love it for the price and the amount of food you get. Pretty small but there's some outdoor seating if it's a nice day. Great place to have some lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good spot on UWS
    nydinerVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Tried Spice in our neighborhood and the food was really good! Nice atmosphere and the service was good and helpful. Will go back!
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  • Service was slow. Brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Service was slow. Brought out the wrong food to my friend but we didnt complain food was amazing, as always i like the chealsea location much better even though its a smaller space
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is delicious!!! Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Food is delicious!!! Place is small and crowded but the food and service make it a worthwhile experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded and loud. Door opened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Crowded and loud. Door opened constantly for take out made it too cold. They do not have a bar they only serve Mocktails
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to place on the Upper West Side
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Consistent fresh delicious food with reasonable pricing. Never disappointed. Staff friendly and helpful. Nothing but good things to say.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate