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Posted by foodie on 05/02/2008
...very nice decor and view (if you get the right table), i got v unlucky with poor service but perhaps that was an off day for them. food is good, but not in the same league as other high end NYC places (bouley, jean georges etc).
Posted by Car & Jar on 04/13/2008
We eat brunch every sunday- but this was really special!! From the hostess to the booth we sat in, the incredible views of NYC, the apetizers, unbelieveable food (try the eggs benedict, fruit stuffed french toast and miso glazed cod)...the list goes on. Service was incredible, pre fixe had great options, sorbet in between courses was fabulous and dessert was strawberry and cream and chocolate molten cake. Go here if like variety, great service, beautiful views and a truly amazing brunch.
Posted by Texas Jules on 03/03/2008
This place has provided if not the best, then one of the best brunch experiences I have ever had! Although it is $50/person, it is SO worth it! You will be SO stuffed after eatting brunch here....it's more like a pre-fixed dinner during brunch time. When you go in, you choose two entrees for brunch...your appetizers and dessert are already pre-determined. We got four appetizers (small samples) and all were so good! They had a butternut squash soup which was really good, a cold salmon that had califlower pureed thing on the bottom (wow...the califlower part was SOO amazing), noodles w/ shrimp (this was good but more plain and simple compared to the other appetizers.....something you could find in your local deli but still really good) and a pork bun (it was cute but nothing unusual since I eat these at dim sum all the time). I got their lobster frittata, good but I would have tried something more unusual on their menu and their broccoli rabe ravioli. The broccoli rabe ravioli was SO fantastic....the pieces of sun-dried tomatoes on top, you could tell they were not processed and all natural. The sauce the broccoli rabe ravioli was in was phenomenal...but I am also nuts about anything w/ truffle oil/flavors. For dessert, they brought out two: a cake which was really good and a lighter yogurt-like thing w/ passion fruit glaze on top. Both were really good but I was so full I couldn't finish... Beautiful view (you look down and see central park from floor to ceiling windows) and the service is superb!
Posted by FrenchSoireeDotCom on 02/06/2008
Asiate is one of the very few restaurants offering customer service everyone of us should have a chance to experience. Upon the completion of a credit card transaction, NEVER have I witnessed a patron being addressed by their last name as they are thanked and welcomed to come again with such sincerity. "Thank you for joining us today, Ms. X! Please come and visit us again!" What could have possibly been a below average dining experience is skillfully turned into something more amenable and satisfying given just that little courtesy. The service provided during the meal was attentive but nonintrusive. I personally cannot rave about the food. It was good but nothing really memorable. I started with a warm crab & pasta dish (which was lovely), followed by the coconut-encrusted chicken breast as an entrée. The combination struck me as interesting, but it reminded me of one of those Tyson frozen chicken meals. My dining companion thought her meal superb. She began with the sashimi appetizer, which was rich in color, taste, and texture. For her main dish she had shad (which was nicely cooked) accompanied by herb-flecked spaetzle and some skinny asparagus. She was not too keen of the chocolate mousse, while I thought my crème brûlée excellent! We did a NYC's Restaurant Week luncheon here. While some restos have been accused of not providing a "full" restaurant experience, at no time could such an accusation be levied against Asiate. The menu they offered matched the one being offered year-round. In fact, the bonus you get during Restaurant Week is the dessert! We recommend this resto if for nothing else but for the view and its impeccable service.
Posted by Lunchlover on 12/12/2007
$19.00 martini! Hard to believe! Lunch menu sounds good but was carelessly prepared and poorly served. Waiter broke a glass over the table and did not remove the plate of shards until reminded that broken glass was not a part of the menu. Wine list was unbelievably high with no options less than $50.00. Lovely view for tourists but not the best option for savvy New Yorkers.
Posted by Special B-day Dinner on 11/28/2007
I never write reviews, but took my Wife there for a birthday recently and was very dissapointed. The service and views were amazing, but the food was as many other reviewers stated...a bit boring, not nearly as tasty as you'd expect and certainly not worth the $350 we spent. I kind of felt bad for our waiter because he was incredible and did everything he could to make our experience perfect, but you can only do so much if the best thing about the meal was the free amuse bouche they gave us before the main course. Go for dessert and enjoy the views, but have dinner elsewhere.
Posted by NYWhiz on 09/16/2007
not perfect. Overall, this is a wonderful experience and makes a great choice for a special occasion. Saturday brunch is evidently not very busy , so you feel as though you've discovered a secret place--wonderful view, personal service, comfortable and not overly pretentious. The appetizers (4) and desserts (2) that come with the set menu (ie no choices) were truly spectacular; complex flavors, beautiful presentation, some inventive and others just downright delicious. It makes you wonder then, why the bread isn't fresh and the entrees (you're asked to chose 2) don't come close in quality or preparation to the first or last course. A smoked salmon fritatta with salmon caviar garnish was was hard and uninteresting. Corn and chanterelle mushroom risotto was very tasty but salty and overpowering in flavor combined with almost anything else. Wines by the glass were good and ranged from $9 up. For $48/person for this brunch, not including drinks, the entrees should live up to the first and last course, but then, perhaps nothing is perfect.