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Posted by Will_Try_Anthing on 07/25/2005
Presentation, yes, I would give it an 8.5, but the overall food was so-so, not enough for the money you pay. Sure, the chef may have some artistic angle to it but I certainly did not see it. I enjoy trying different cuisines in Manhattan to go along with great company. My city guide a very special lady was an amazing date for the evening. Notice I talk more about her than the food or the place. Ok, so the wine selection was great, she thinks it is great and she knows the spirits industry. The view, well, I thought the concept was a view to Central Park but I guess it is not Asiate's fault that the Trump Tower takes away 75% of the purported view of the park. Overall it is too much dollars for the food or art you get.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/14/2005
My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary, and while the view was unsurpassed, the service was beyond disappointing - likely on account of how young we are (23 and 25). From the moment we walked in, every server scoffed at us and acted like we were out of our element in such a fancy restaurant. Ours tried to take my plate before I was finished - twice - and his reception was overall chilly the entire night. We closely watched his interactions with every other table, and he was pleasant and talkative with all of the "more distinguished" clients. It was an embarrassing display of service on his part, and certainly a grave error - after all, the $200 bill came and still tipped generously. Clearly he (wrongly) assumed young people are less important patrons, but the joke would have been on him had we left our business cards.
Posted by WBCRIT on 05/25/2005
the view. I must say - the view and ambience was indeed a treat. The food on the otherhand was somewhat disappointing. After dinner I've concluded I've had better for much less. I had the 3 course with the wine pairings. The salad was generous- enough for a meal in itself but found it rather salty. The entree of bass and risotto, with artichoke foam was ok. The ingredients were interesting but didn't work together. I ended up liking bits and pieces of each course. The fish was well cooked but not enough character for the entree to be amazing and savory. The dessert was the same. I enjoyed the bits and pieces of it. The orange cake tasted somewhat like compressed wonderbread. The wine selection was definitly a plus though. If you want to splurge - go for the view but save for tastebuds for something else.
Posted by Gerry Visco on 05/23/2005
Asiate is another one of those beautiful places in the TIme Warner/Mandarin complex that costs an arm and a leg, but it's pretty much worth it if you have the dough or someone else is paying. The menu is limited but everything tastes wonderful and the preparation is beautiful. Of course, the views are drop-dead gorgeous. Although the cuisine is Asian fusion, they do give you enough food. I almost felt a bit queasy afterwards because it was richer than I expected. I had the orange souffle for dessert and it was most certainly yummy. People who complain about this restaurant are probably just upset that it ain't cheap, since the food is exquisite as is the service and the atmosphere. I liked Per Se better, but Asiate is really worth the price, if you are in the mood for a splurge or you have an out of town guest or special occasion.
Posted by Michael on 12/04/2004
A friend and I had lunch at Asiate yesterday. We wanted to have a long chat and eat a good meal in beautiful surroundings. The surroundings were indeed beautiful. The views are gourgeous, the tables well spaced and the room quiet enough so that real conversation is possible. The rest was downhill. The service was exceedingly attentive, so much so that I kept feeling they were trying to speed up our meal and get us out of there. We at the prix fixe meal. The cost was no problem given the surroundings. But the food -- well, it left something to be desired. At 12:15pm they were out of one of the two appetizers (the duck confit). The white bean soup was delicious and the salad was quite good. For the entree, we both had the short ribs, which were not good. They were completely overwhelmed by Teriyaki sauce, so much so that the sauce was the only flavor in the dish. I really love short ribs and I really did not like the way they were prepared. The dessert (I had a pumpkin tort with coriander ice cream) was good, if not spectacular. The bottom line? The meal was successful because of the setting but not because of the food. Would I go back? Not a chance.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2004
the correct pronunciation is more like Ah-zea-aht.
Posted by Susan B. on 07/15/2004
There is nothing negative I can say about Asiate. It is a special place to bring with you those who you deem special. The room, the wine list, the menu and service are all first notch. Perhaps I have become desensitized to cost, but, I don't think the food or wine was that expensive. Clearly one cannot dine there everyday (well perhaps some can), but, Asiate is a place to bring your loved one(s) on a special occasion. Request a window seat to get the full "feel" of the room, although some may find it distracting. The desserts were sublime. I had a mango souffle which was intensely flavored and surprisingly light. I would try it again. My branzini entree was much better than my husband's pressed pork, but, that is probably just my preference since I am no longer used to eating fatty meats. Do have a drink in the hotel lobby before dinner, but, don't eat too much of the tasty nuts and wasabi peas for fear you will spoil your appetite, as I did. The lichee nut martini in the lobby bar was delicious.