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Spice - Upper West Side

119 reviews
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$30 and under
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Discover Manhattan's favorite Thai cuisine at Spice Upper West Side. This alluring eatery features a contemporary, relaxed ambience and authentic flavors. Spice Upper West Side offers classic Thai fare, prepared fresh and bursting with flavor. The menu includes some of the most popular Thai dishes, from appetizers and entrees to desserts. Selections include savory dumplings, papaya salads, Tom Yum and Tom Kha soups and Pad Thai, with a wealth of curries, stir fry and noodle dishes to tempt the tastebuds.

Spices Upper West Side also offers special chef creations, including chicken, pork and seafood dishes. The menu features multiple vegetarian and vegan options to ensure there's something delicious for everyone. Dessert selections include traditional Thai specialties as well as unique chef creations. The restaurant boasts a full bar, offering signature and classic cocktails, imported and domestic beer and wine, as well as soft drinks, teas and more.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Thai, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch Everyday : 11:30am - 3:30pm Dinner Sunday - Thursday : 4:00pm - 10:45pm Dinner Friday - Saturday : 4:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 362-5861
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Corner of 81st Street
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Public transit
Take Train 1 or 2 to 79 th Street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
What 119 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.6  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipclaudiaa (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

in general everything was good and I will come back for sue

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Felt super rushed. Good food and good value.

Elle (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

The service is great. Dumplings and salad superb. The curry dish I had was good however, the shrimp were over cooked and seemed not to be prepared freshly. But otherwise a good dish. I had better.

Anne (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We enjoyed our Saturday night dinner at Spice. The menu provided a good selection of Thai appetizers, salads, and main dishes. Portions were generous and the dishes were nicely presented. Food quality was good. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely return!

ElizabethD (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

Excellent food. Good value. Extra nice employees.

vipAnne (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

We arrived for our reservation during the pouring rain, so all that outdoor seating was out of the question. The hostess managed to seat the four of us indoors within 10 minutes. Friendly waiter came over. Everything continued on as it should until the waiter brought 2 of 4 appetizers. When we flagged him down he brought one more. During dinner we told him we never got the 4th, so forget it because dinner had arrived. He then brought it over.. Friendly people, but not sure I would return. Or maybe just takeout.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

All 4 of us had great dinners. My crispy chicken really was wonderfully crispy, with nice seasoning, accompanied by rice that was almost like pad thai (egg, nuts, very nice curry spicing). Highly recommended.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Really useless and intrusive staff, but amazing food

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2016

Food was decent, well priced. But did not like that they included tip without informing us. ... And then the tab prompted us to tip again on the bigger total.

vipNana (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

Spice is known for its really good food and great drinks, and I must say it does not disappoint. All the Spice locations have never disappointed in any of these departments and this one is no exception. The staff is also friendly as well and I recommend the Hawaiian ginger and pineapple shrimp, along with any of the noodle dishes...delicious!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2016

I love this place. Usually go to the Chelsea location (22/8) but as someone who lives in the UWS, I decided to stay in my neighborhood.
The duck salad and the green curry chicken are my favorite. My friend and I shared a delish chocolate cake topped with green tea ice cream ... AMAZING!
Spice never disappoints!!!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

This was my second time eating at Spice. My first time was at the Union Square location. Night and day between the two. The ambiance and the food were way better than the Upper West Side location. Our waitress must of been new because she could not answer any question that we had.

vipISPROUD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Enjoyed my dinner. The food tasted delicious. My husband's fish came out a bit after the other two entrees were served. Should serve everyone at the same time.

vipKenneth (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Spice never disappoints. Food is good. Service is friendly. And it is gentle on the wallet.

bb86 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Spice is a nice place but a bit cramped. It's hard to get out of you're sitting at a booth. Also I'm not sure what happened in the kitchen but k had ordered a pad Thai and ask with no peanuts. Thank goodness I'm not allergic to it because there was peanuts in my food. I was half way done by the time I noticed so I didn't say anything but for those that are allergic to peanuts make sure you there aren't any before you eat.

JoeyDee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

Not my first time at a Spice restaurant, but first time at this one. Really friendly staff, attentive but not overly so. The food was perfectly seasoned. Place was a bit noisy; hard to catch up in conversation with old friends from out of town, but not obnoxiously so.

I liked it a lot.

vipMRwest (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

Food was mediocre at best. Barely acknowledged we had a reservation

vipJames (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

We showed up about 8:05 for our 8:00 reservation and had to wait until 8:30 for seating, with no apology beyond a sheepish look. The food was reliably good as always, but this place always runs to the cramped, and the noise level has gotten worse than ever.

vipBernie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2016

Spice is a completely unpretentious, bare wood table, small restaurant, serving great Thai food. Nothing fancy, but with modest prices appropriate to the setting. Service is excellent, and if you want a place to grab a quick bite of great Thai food with no pretense at a very reasonable cost, this is it.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

Amazing, authentic Thai food! Our order was taken promptly and good arrived quickly. Everything we had was delicious. We will definitely eat there again.