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Posted by A New Yorker-again on 10/26/2014
the last review was also mine, yet the entire experience of brunch at Asiate one of my favorite NYC restaurants was a delight to the senses. Visual the view of course, but also the food presentation. Taste and smell the food was exquisite. Everything from the four -sampler starter of ceviche, expresso soup, Thai beef and salmon carpaccio was excellent. Entrees of duck comfit with fried eggs for my husband, shrimp with grits for me, and a heavenly dessert. However, most important was the superb service. It shows that a new director since I was there last, Iwona Luksa, is running the restaurant with a firm hand service was impeccable, attention to detail yet an emphasis on attentive service, a win-win combination. I so look forward to returning.
Posted by A New Yorker on 04/07/2012
This, my fourth visit to Asiate at lunchtime, was a little less wonderful than the previous three. The service is still impeccable and the food is still very good, even the Prix-Fixe. To me, Asiate is a little like a Faberge egg with its extraordinary view and small, elegant and intimate setting. I anticipate and pay for this ambiance. To look around me and see customers in jeans and hoodies and two baby carriages blocking an aisle, lessens the feeling that I expect in such a locale. My return is unsure at this point. Management has to decide what atmosphere they want their restaurant to project.
Posted by Parallel40 on 10/26/2011
My third visit to Asiate, first at dinnertime. I don’t need to extol the views of this cozy restaurant and the excellent food. Two prix-fix menus, $85.00 or a $125.00 tasting menu. However, the service was not as fine as I had experienced before, it did not flow seamlessly. My husband asked for a Manzanilla ( Spanish dry sherry) only to be brought a Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Then they had to search high and low for his request (on the menu) and finally found it in the lobby bar, which took a while, by then I had almost finished my glass of wine. The amuse bouche was served in a spoon, looked like an egg yolk, but we were told it was cider. It bursts in your mouth, a delicious experience. I ordered the Hudson Valley Foi Gras, extra $5.00, simply delicious. My husband’s Tuna Degustacion was heavenly. My entrée, the Wagyu Beef Tenderloin (and extra $10.00) was worth every penny, perfectly cooked. We had a forty-something plus couple next to us that sat together on the banquette, instead of facing each other as expected who proceeded to make out for the greater part of the meal. I know rude behavior is not in the restaurant’s control, but this was my view throughout my meal, not very pleasant.
Posted by NYGirl on 02/26/2011
Went there with some my friend for dinner. The tuna appetizer was low quality tuna, flavorless and clearly lacked soy sauce or similar to hide the non existent flavor of the fish. The Wagyu tartar was OK, but nothing special. While the waiters were removing our appetizer plates, they started serving the main course which - even for NY - is absolutely inappropriate for a place like that. I am not paying $310 for 2 ($85 for pre-fixe, 2 glasses of red wine, tax & tip) if I want to be rushed THAT much. I had the fish (sea bass) for my main. It was (1) cold [even though the plate was hot], (2) again lacked any flavor [a bit salt would have helped] and (3) got no spoon to allow me have some of the soup / sauce it came with. And no waiter was to be seen. The atmosphere is OK. I guess during the day you have a gorgeous view over the park. The walls are bottles of wine. The temperature was freezing and I saw that one of guests at a private party in the separate room was given a bathrobe from the hotel to help her against the cold. I guess heating costs too much? Weird to sit in a restaurant where others wear bathrobes. Summary: would not go again (food is not worth even the prix-fix lunch price, much less what the evening cost me).
Posted by Joey on 11/29/2010
There are much better looking people than I. My shoes are not even classic. My wardrobe is fair. So there was no silly reason why I had such a wonderful experience! The room was beautiful, service patient and friendly, food was perfect. I dont know what all these other people are complaining about. Yes its a little expensive, but thats relative. For only a few dollars less, you can to Macy's basement and have lunch. I would much prefer the extra dollars spent to have a little luxury now and then. This place is for that.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2010
What a ride to the 35th floor and the staggering view of the surrounding skyscrapers. Beautiful, peaceful room and very good service. The food was delicious and unusual. I went for the $24.10 lunch, and I can't think of a better place to take someone. Fabulous wines.
Posted by anonymous on 08/02/2010
This review is for breakfast only. We went there for breakfast a few times recently because we were stuck in the area for a few hours in the morning 1. The food was ok, but kind of hit and miss, the turkey hash was good, Japanese breakfast not so good, corn flakes crust brioche was so so. Omelet was average, smoothie was pretty good. 2. Service was not so good, especially considering it is a mandarin oriental, and the breakfast was like 50 dollar a head with tax and tip, you need to ask for coffee refill every time. Seem to be rushing you to get our by 10:30 by presenting you the check without being asked. 3. Very distasteful that they add 15% tip to your bill automatically, maybe that’s why the service was no good. 4. Overpriced for the food and service, seems like they do it because they know they can get away with it, being in timewarner center and mandarin oriental.