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Cafe Spice - 36 Reviews - 72 University Pl, New York, NY - People Watching Reviews - Phone (212) 253-6999

Cafe Spice

72 University Pl (at 11th Street)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 253-6999
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Cafe Spice - New York, NY



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We went to Cafe Spice before heading to Bowlmor Lanes last Firday night. The food we found was really authentic. Compared to other restaurents in nyc, it's an absolute bargain! Se...


good food, service was real slow....our entree took 45 mins to get. Did give us free dessert for that. Would reccomend having a a variety of 3-4 appetizers as they are very good. ...

Good Food 5/17/2009

I would definitely eat here again. Food was fresh, tasty, no complaints. It is a bit pricey but not as pricey as some other places I can think of where the food is not as good. Pros: Decor, Service, Food Cons: A bit pricey for Indian but this is nyc more

perfect indian bistro 11/21/2008

Been here awhile, just went here. They were super cool about seating our large group. the servers were attentive, the food was great, and the prices are fair considering the quality of the food. Definitely want to make a habit out of this place. more

Great Indian near Union Sqaure! 8/8/2008

We went to Cafe Spice before heading to Bowlmor Lanes last Firday night. The food we found was really authentic. Compared to other restaurents in nyc, it's an absolute bargain! Service was nice and the restaurant has a nice bistro setting . Definitely will be going back! more

Good Indian Food 7/11/2008

This is a good Indian restaurant, nothing out of the ordinary though. The restaurant is cozy, and the service is wonderful. Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu, and was very attentive. There are so many appetizers, entrees and side dishes to choose from, that it's hard to pick which one to get. The naan and papadum with all the different chutneys was amazing. My friend ordered the ""Achari Tikka"" as an appetizer and loved it. I ordered the ""Bhindi Masala"" (okra) as an entree, which was good, I just wish it was spicier. Overall, this restaurant was good, although if I went back I'd want to try a different entree, because everything else was good. Pros: Ambiance, Lots of choices, Service Cons: Pricey for what they serve more

Pretty good Indian Food. I haven't tried a lot of Indian ... 8/13/2007

Pretty good Indian Food. I haven't tried a lot of Indian but this was good. Its even greater that you don't... more

Pretty good Indian Food. I haven't tried a lot of Indian ... 8/13/2007

JanetHan Provided by Partner
Pretty good Indian Food. I haven't tried a lot of Indian but this was good. Its even greater that you don't come out smelling like Indian food afte... more

great menu knowledge 7/29/2007

I went to cafe spice on a saturday eve with my 3 other friends, restaurant wasn't busy so we got the lovely booth.ambience was ok though litttle dark may be they were trying to make it romantic but we were all guys so didn't matter for us.hostess was really warm and helpful.we had a lovely and pretty server(indian).she knew the menu inside out so we didn't even had to look at the menu. we all got what we were craving for...great indian food...I wanted to have a stew like chicken and my friend wanted a spicy dish and thanks to the server we had a great meal.I would say indian food at its best.will definately go back to try their appetizers, now it's a new place for us to hangout when in nyc. Pros: food and service Cons: no parking space more

Disappointed. Went for a friend's birthday and thought t... 7/4/2007

Disappointed. Went for a friend's birthday and thought the food was just ok. Portions are fine, but for... more

Disappointed. Went for a friend's birthday and thought t... 7/4/2007

LarryCollica Provided by Partner
Disappointed. Went for a friend's birthday and thought the food was just ok. Portions are fine, but for good, authentic Indian food, you're bette... more

Love their tandoori shrimp! 11/18/2006

Eat in is better than takeout -- like most places. Everything I've had here is fresh and flvaorful. Pros: tandoori shrimp, chicken tikka masala, saag, overall food quality Cons: staff can be spacey, bright lighting more

Possibly the worst Indian restaurant in Manhattan 9/7/2006

This place is completely overpriced, the service is terrible, the portions are smaller than most Indian restaurants, and the food is bland. You're paying for ambiance, but be prepared for apathetic and/or nonexistent staff members, and be prepared to pay EXTRA for RICE. We waited at least 25 minutes just to get a glass of wine, and our server didn't even apologize for the wait (note: she only had two other tables besides ours). After she dropped off our food, we never saw her again, and we had to physically get up and find someone to bring us our check long after we were done eating. Cons: overpriced, terrible service more


Went to Cafe Spice with 4 of my friends on a saturday night.We were greeted promptly by the waiter who was very nice and cordial.She was very helpful in suggesting us drinks and helped us in ordering a lot of good dishes since we knew nothing about Indian food. We were fast to order the appetizer platter since we were very hungry. The food looked very appetizing and delicious since it came on a variety of fancy plates. We ended our great experience by having Gulab Jamun (dessert) recommended by the waiter. I thanked my friend who recommended me this restaurant and will certainly recommend it to others. more

borderline rude, maximizing clientele turnover 2/26/2006

Went on a double date with friend and his girlfriend for a few drinks and appetizers. We couldn't carry our conversation as we were routinely interrupted by waitress and servants asking us to order and hinting that we're taking too much time -- amazing, we just sat down. The entire place and the treatment we received felt as a conveyor belt. In terms of the food itself -- nothing special, we limited ourselves to several appetizers. Yet paired with such rude service, would never recommend for anyone interested in carrying any kind of conversation while there. If just to drop in, quickly stuff yourself and jet out -- to keep their turn-over. Perhaps. Pros: Location, Not Crowded Cons: Service, 'Drive thru' feeling more

Good food, if you are willing to wait 6/25/2005

I've been to at Cafe Spice probably 5-8 times, it is probably still the best Indian restaurant around Union Square. To sum it up: Service varies from good to mediorce, depending on which waiter you get; generally it is just average Ok. Seating is always prompt, though the restaurant does fill up in the evening. Food is usually very good, though ocasionally I wondered about freshmess of raw vegatables in side orders. As many other reviewers noticed, your order is often slow to arrive - this is particularly true in the evening but is not a problem during lunch time. The decor is vibrant and eye-pleasing with several semi-private boths on the right side of the dining hall, which are great for a date. Pros: slow orders Cons: food, abience more

My favorite Indian Restaurant 3/10/2005

This place is great. I had a huge group for my birthday and we were well taken care of. The waitress was very patient with us and the food is phenomenal! Service was prompt, friendly and great. Slightly on the pricey side but worth it! more

Not your average Indian restaurant 3/6/2005

Cafe Spice is a beautiful restaurant, with a warm ambience (especially the booths). The wait for 2 on Sat. at 9pm with no reservations was only 5 minutes. Service was friendly and fast. The food was very tasty and there were several vegetarian options. Specifically the dahl is some of the best in town. If you order the platters all of your typical Indian side items are included so it is a good value. One of my new favorite Indian restaurants. I can't comment on how authentic it is, but it was pretty darn good! Interestingly I saw 2 tables with kids who seemed to like the food too, so that was fun. Pros: ambience, friendly service, try the dahl Cons: crowded more

Not for the rushed. 2/23/2005

The food here is rather good, but only if you like to wait for it. I like the somosas, chai, and the chole, but the dhosas and dhal were kinda dissapointing. The service varys from day to day- sometimes they're very nice, and sometimes not. The kitchen however, is almost always slow. Also, specify if you like your food spicy- its rather bland if you don't. The ambience is pretty and nice for conversation, so a casual lunch here would probably be best. Pros: ambiance Cons: waiting. more

Disappointed service 1/30/2005

Sometimes serving good food does not mean your customers SHOULD be happy... I was told I need to pay for additional cup of tea if I want to REFILL HOT WATER, even though what I ordered was just a Lypton black tea. Astonished was how i looked. Feeling ridiculous so just told myself not go there anymore... Pros: Close to station, Big inner space Cons: Bad service, Food served slowly more

Good food, terrible service 10/12/2004

I've been to Cafe Spice several times, and while the food has always been good, the service ranges from mediocre to awful. My most recent visit was my last - the behavior of our waitress was almost shocking. When she wasn't being sarcastic or downright rude, she spent her time studiously ignoring our table or pointing us out to the other waitstaff. I've always been an overgenerous tipper, but it was a stretch to justify even the couple of bucks we left her. The food's good, but I won't be back. Pros: good food more

Very good (spicy) food 7/7/2004

I love the food here, and although it is pricey, the entree comes with rice, naan, dal, and salad, which makes it worthwhile. It is better to make reservations because the place is always full. The service is also slow. For appetizer, I like Potli Samosa, but sometimes it is improperly cooked, which ruins the taste. I love the spice content of food, which suits my traditional Indian taste for spicy food!! Pros: Very Good Food, Good Ambience Cons: , Slow service more
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Owner Message

  • Sushil Malhotra, who founded Dawat, New York's most acclaimed Indian restaurant joined with Rajesh Bhardwaj to take Indian cuisine to a new level by creating Cafe Spice, a vibrant and contemporary Indian bistro.

    Cafe Spice opened in July 1998 and is centrally located near Union Square. The bistro attracts a diverse crowd, including students from New York University, Parsons and other nearby colleges. It has received critical acclaim from a bevy of local and national publications, including Gourmet Magazine, New York Magazine, Time Out and Interior Design.

    In the wake of the first bistro's success in we have opened Cafe Spice Express in Grand Central Terminal. Whether you want a relaxed, casual meal or great food fast, Cafe Spice has the Indian restaurant for you.

    Cafe Spice has been honored by Nation's Restaurant Magazine as a "Hot Concept" for 2008


  • In Short
    This Indian bistro is stylish and vibrant, with orange-and-red walls and exotic aromas wafting from the kitchen. Sit next to NYU and New School professors and students dining on...

  • 10/4/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Wed: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10:30pm; Thurs: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri: 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11:30pm; Sat: 1pm-11:30pm Sun: 1pm-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Greenwich Village, Downtown