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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.
Posted by Gus's Daddy on 05/09/2007
A friend and I came in for brunch on Saturday 5/5. What a delight we had in store. A beautiful dining room with arguably one of the best views in the city. Brunch started with 4 appetizers, but the standout was the tuna tartare with spicy guacamole. We had 2 mains with great choices like duck benedict, grouper with ramps, strawberry waffle with passion fruit drizzle... For dessert we had a special chocolate souffle and a raspberry granitee over a vanilla bean ice cream. Needless to say, we were both thrilled with everything we were offered. We will be back for the food,view and expert service. It is a secret spot for Saturday brunch. Not crowded at all. Sunday is the busy day. So if you like a quiet brunch perched above central park, saturday at Asiate is the way to go.
Posted by missegee on 04/16/2007
They have a great bento box lunch special for under $25. The food is really good and I don't think there is a better view in the city and I've been to the Rainbow Room. The ambiance is fantastic, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
Posted by Doctorted on 03/16/2007
Located in the posh but minimalist Mandarin Hotel on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center. You enter through hotels reception area past a huge spectacular glass flower sculpture with floor to ceiling black granite. As you come into the restaurant you see tall floor to ceiling glass cases filled with thousands of bottles of wine. Very impressive. Even more impressive are the soaring floor to ceiling glass windows that give spectacular views of NYC. Tables are generously spaced and large. Room is minimalist modern and has great acoustics. Service was hushed and efficient, not stuffy. Small cheese gougeres a bit salty but good. The $ 24.00 p/f 2 course lunch menu an excellent deal. Apps: Grilled tuna over greens and roasted red peppers was very refreshing but tuna had a slightly burnt taste. Other app of Tuna sashimi melded together with daikon, etc lost a bit of its distinctive texture, but was fresh. One main of flank stank was excellent. Very tasty and tender with a rich sauce. Roasted potatoes a bit hard. Other main of chicken over vegetables a bit odd. Four pieces of chicken had exact size and shape of scallops. In fact, I thought they were scallops until i tasted them. Dish was good Cheese plate was excellent with 5 choices that came with dried fruit and spicy nut accompanments. Desert was chocolate Fondant. This consisted of 2 clay mugs; one filled with a rich pudding like chocolate. The other mug had an apricot granite' on top and caramel ice cream on bottom. Weird mixture we thought. Other desserts looked better. Summary: Some people have describe Asiates food as " airline food" ; I feel one might get this idea because everything comes out on small plates.I never had airline food as good though. Portions were adequate.The other observation is the chef likes to meld lots of ingredients that might fare better seperate. Overall enjoyable, but food is inconsistent and lacks any "wow" factor. .I might consider trying it again if only for the fabulous heaven
Posted by del-nyc on 02/20/2007
I took my fiancee here for a belated V-day dinner and couldn't of asked for more. The staff was more than accommodating and incredibly attentive throughout the evening. We got a table right by the window (at my request) and the view of central park and the east side at dusk is impressive. The food = amazing. So many dimensions to every dish. You can tell the chef takes pride in everything he puts out there. From the rock shrimp to the sashimi to the lobster to dessert, the palate could not tell what was coming next. The chef and the team there deserve every bit of praise. BTW, the wine list is quite an extensive one. Be ready for a night of amusement and complete satisfaction.
Posted by liz101 on 02/19/2007
I had dinner with my sister last Friday. I expected something really good but I came out feeling I had a sub-par but expensive dinner. First off, I don't understand why they couldn't accept a 6:30 or 7 pm reservations that I had to rush to get to my 6:15 reservation. I got there and the place, I thought, was half empty. The attendants and the maitre d' were all very pleasant. The appetizer was really good (foie gras) but my entree (halibut) was salty and dry. It was a huge cut of fish that I only finished a third of it. The maitre d' asked if I didn't like it because I didn't do that much damage but it didn't feel right to tell them the truth that I was not happy with it. So, I lied and said I was full. I had the chocolate feast for dessert and some of it was very tasty but some I could care less.
Posted by Kristi W and Steven L on 02/16/2007
It was the first time my boyfriend and I had been to New York and we were recommended this restaurant by friends. We decided to go here for my 24th Birthday on 10th February. Right from the beginning we were amazed with the location and beauty of the hotel and restaurant. The staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent. It was definitely the best meal we have ever had. At the end of the meal a plate of 4 mini desserts with ‘Happy Birthday’ appeared at the table and I was very touched. Not to mention we also had the most amazing views of the city as we were lucky enough to sit by the windows. If we are ever in New York again it is one place we will definitely be returning to. We have also recommended it to other friends.