A timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality, Spice Market titillates Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s piquant elevations of the region’s street cuisine served in a casual, sexy atmosphere.
At the original location of Spice Market, the celebrated chef collaborated with designer Jacques Garcia to create a transporting interior of Eastern exotica. A valuable collection of artifacts were imported from Rajastan, South India, Burma and Malaysia to transform the airy two-level space, including antique wall carvings, screens and pagodas. Custom-made colonial style furniture appointed with white leather is mixed with Oriental period pieces such as wooden Thai and Chinese porcelain garden stools. Plush embroidered curtains made of French fabric from Lelievre, upbeat ambient music and the soft, mood-enhancing glow of Herve Descottes’ lighting complete an Oriental cocoon worlds away from the neighborhood’s bustle. A rich color palette of violets, indigos, ochres and deep reds balance the former warehouse’s raw timber beams and teak floors from a 200-year-old Bombay palace. Each subsequent location of Spice Market has drawn inspiration from the flagship’s design, updating and localizing each restaurant’s physical space to create a similarly transporting experience.
An alluring enclave awash with indulgent pleasure, Spice Market offers the ideal epicurean retreat – a communal dining experience that is relaxed yet awe-inspiring.