I tried Spiced last Friday evening. When my office was at 28th & Madison, I had many lunches at Chinese Mirch, one of the first "Indian Chinese" restaurants in the city. I've missed their food ever since, and I was glad to see Indian Chinese food come to Astoria.
Fortunately, I had a wholly positive experience at Spiced. The ambiance seemed fine to me, low-key, a little bit designer-y, not bad. The lights were fairly dim during my visit. The service was attentive; maybe a little too attentive, but I prefer that to aloof service.
The food, I thought, was excellent. I note that bejessie ordered Thai items and was disappointed; it may be that Thai simply isn't their strength. I stuck to the Chinese dishes and was very pleased. The food was truly spicy--NOT palate-scorching a la Szechuan Gourmet, but definitely hot and spicy. (None of the menu items is marked spicy, so be forewarned if you're not accustomed to Indian-style Chinese--ask your server).
The Manchow soup had complex flavor and tender shredded vegetables. The Chicken Manchurian would have been better with white meat chicken; nevertheless, it was beyond delicious, bathed in that incredibly addictive silky sauce. The fresh lime soda was incredibly refreshing but, I thought, a bit too expensive. Still, with their 20%-off grand opening special, I wasn't worrying about it.
Next time I'll try their chili chicken with gravy, crabmeat-corn soup and, maybe, one of their desserts. I'm really happy to have this place in Astoria, and I hope those who enjoy spicy food will try it.
(a note about "Indian chinese" cuisine for the uninitiated: it's not some kind of hybrid of Indian food and Chinese food, it's Chinese food as adapted to an Indian palate. So the dishes look and taste distinctively Chinese, but they include Indian spices and basmati rice, and one vegetarian dish includes paneer. But don't go expecting Indian curries or the like.)