Spice World

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66 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spice World is a hot pot restaurant in downtown Flushing specializing in Sichuan-style hot pot. It currently has over 600 locations globally, including Sydney and Singapore. The one in Flushing is the 613rd store. Spice World originated in Chengdu, Sichuan, a hometown for the most authentic hot pot. Spice World has already earned its reputation in Chengdu since its establishment. The visit from David Cameron (Former Prim Minister of the Great Britain) and Orlando Bloom (English Actor) just made the Spice World a even hotter topic in social media. The name of Mr. Cameron's favorite dish "Pork Meatball with Cilantro" was changed to "Prime Minister's Favorite Meatball" and became the signature dish.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

No waiter in the whole area. Had to add water by ourselves.

CC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ordered the spicy soup and the mushroom soup. They were both good. We went during lunch and we didn’t order their lunch deal, which was already prepped, so their service was super slow. We were cooking one item at a time and had to wait for the next dish to come after eating.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall is good but a little pricy

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was good, but overpriced. They charged for everything, the sauce bar, and the food. If they wanted money so badly, then they should’ve sold Yakult, which they didn’t. The service was terrible, had to ask 4 times for a water refill. They had nice decor though.

K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The red chili oil soup is so legit. If you want to taste authentic Chongqing hot pot, this is definitely the place you wanna go.

HO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, very Chinese. Very high quality hot pot place with nice ambience. Food is very good. Spicy means spicy!

NI
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I went to that restaurant at 7- 16-2019. The service was fine. However, I asked to pack the meat leftover, the waiter rejected in the very rude way. The meat cost over $12. We don't touch it at all. The waiter said you can't take to go. I feel ridiculous about it. I thought I paid it and possess it.
I don't feel comfortable. Anyway, I won't go back again. Do Not recommend anyone to go.

YW
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We loved everything of this place!

Food was amazing and the soup base -especially the tomato base is a must!

We ordered fatty beef, some veggies, and mushrooms - all fresh and tasty!

The ambiance is excellent - it’s a totally a different world after walking into this restaurant.

I recommend this place and I will return when we visit Flushing next.

SS
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was slow but food was fresh. Hope that they can improve on the service. We made reservations but they took 20 mins to get us a seat, 20 mins to come and take our order, 15 mins to add broth to our pot despite having all the food on the table.

N
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Ambience was nice but food looked nice but I’ve tasted better hot pot and way more variety for the buck .

m
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As a person from SzeChuan, the hotpot taste AMAZING! The only thing is that even though I reserved you still need to wait for like 20-30 minutes, if people reserve before you came late they can get in first as well. Except this, everything else is great.

AC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The Brooklyn location is way better. Service was beyond terrible. No one was attentive and there was a huge language barrier. There was plenty of staff but they all seemed too busy hanging around rather then tending to customers. Took us forever to order drinks, when we did get someone’s attention and ordered drinks they never came. Overall bad experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High class hot pot as well as correct treatment of food in that hot pot make me feel like eating Sashimi in a Japanese restaurant; not only the texture and beauty of food itself, also flavor is built so well. Yes, you need to know how to DO hot pot food i.e. cooking time and have a order to cook, for sure. It’s pricy restaurant but love everything.

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As advertised!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decent food and good service.

XW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is wonderfully spicy and tastes quite authentic. The service is very good. But it tends to get very busy; we got there at 4pm and people were already waiting for a table. The 1-meter beef is really tasty and is highly recommended.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything is perfect, just the service is not enough professional.

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic great selection great attentive service. Will be back again. This is my second time. Club member has 10% discount

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The waiter served us that day was not attentive enough. He did not introduce the menu and take away empty plates in a timely manner. Comparing to other hotpot places, the food is a little pricey but the environment is really unique!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is a fancy hot pot restaurant, which seems a bit odd to say. The decor is fantastic, and despite everything being wooden, the noise level is not bad. I was still able to hear somebody at a normal volume across from me.

This hot pot is the best I've ever had. Yes, you pay for the sauce bar. Was it worth it? Yes. I'm not used to paying for the sauce bar, but the quality was noticeable. None of the sauces were diluted, and everything was delicious. The presentation of the food was great and made everything even more appetizing. They provide you with some small cans of sesame oil which you pour into a small bowl of herbs and spices. It's supposed to help coat your stomach and protect you from the spice. I absolutely needed it.

The level 1 spicy was extremely spicy, but thoroughly enjoyed! The mushroom broth was also terrific. I look forward to trying each broth and discovering what my favorites are.

The service is somewhat lacking - I think they might be slightly understaffed. Our waitress only spoke Mandarin which I had some difficulty understanding. In the end I gave up trying to understand what she was talking about - I think it had something to do with having our order memorized for the next time we go? For an incredibly spicy broth, I needed a lot of water. Unfortunately, they don't leave a pitcher at your table. I had to try flagging down different people for water. I think it would have helped if the drinks we ordered had come in the beginning, but the drinks were forgotten about and I didn't realize we didn't get them until almost the end of our meal.

Ultimately, I still highly suggest this as a place to go. Maybe to show off NYC and hot pot to friends who visit or special occasions since it's still very pricey.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

it was little noisy but clean place and good food

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waited for a long time, service is so so, but food is pretty good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Servers aren’t used to customers who aren’t speaking Chinese. However, they were very helpful and the food is legit and marvelous!! So good.

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spice World is decored in traditional Chengdu style courtyard, despite being on second floor of a Chinatown mall. Many tables with wooden benches are laid down in a grid, with a hot pot sitting in the middle. Diners have choices of multiple hot pot base. We chose the two flavor divided pot with one hot and one non-spicy. Server is very clear and friendly in her delivery of service and food items. Pots, soup base, and ordered small plates of food stuff arrive fresh and on time. Overall a wonderful experience and going back in a week

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Service was horrible and staff needs to be replaced. Restaurant was visually appealing and the food was excellent. This reminds me of that old saying... that you pay your staff to get rid of your customers. I dont think I would eat at this place again as they forgot our drinks. We kept asking over and over again and all they could say was it’s coming, but never did. Then we asked for forks, 3 times as some of my guests need a fork. Finally I got forks.... plastic forks. How embarrassing that they dont have silverware. I guess you live and learn.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I omitted after having their pig brains which I enjoyed eating before as a Chinese. This was the only thing that I ate but my friends didn’t. We reported this issue to the staff but they told me that I should find out if my body could accept pig brains instead of apology or investigation. Definitely gonna report it.

I would recommend people go to other hotpot spots like tang hotpot or liuyishou, where food and services are way better.

DT
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waiters bad at communicating orders. We checked a lot of boxes in the menu but they either circled or crossed some of the orders without notifying us whether it was cancelled or not. Also some was not delivered but never gave explanation for why until asked. Food was brought to table without bribing attention to it so we forgot some of the covered dishes since they were covered and in the corner of the table, never knew it was delivered.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hotpot in town.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

thanks to opentable otherwise the waiting time is horrible =)

I
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so delicious and is almost the same as the that in China.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spicy hotpot in New York. Black tofu is great. I really like beef tripes.

KH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very slow service. For the guests waiting outside. Please guide them in one area. They all standing at the entrance and block the people who are in and out.

JQ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall1food4service4ambience2

The food is great here. But the reason I rate this low is about their reservation system. Although we made a reservation at 8pm. We waited an hour and half for our table. When you asked the check-in person, they just told us the 7:30 pm reservations were not seated yet. Excuse me? Don’t trust their reservation, you still need to wait a long time...

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Even with the reservation there is still a wait. We waited for one hour to get our table.

EC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to opentable we didnt hev to wait a minute dispite a long waiting line. Food was great, best authentic sichuan hot pot in New york.

PJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice food
Good for date
Kine of expensive
Very very spicy

y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The waiter kept asking us to eat faster and shut down the power to drive us away.
The food is expensive and the amount is poor.
Bad place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beware of the spicy broth...even the lightest spice is wayyyy spicy, unless they gave us the wrong one... wowza!!!

Interesting concept, good ambiance and delicious!

If it’s your first time there, also be aware of the self serve sauce bar that includes fruits. Otherwise, they’ll add it to your tab and you won’t know what it is. We didn’t use it, so we asked for it to be removed from the check.