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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.
Posted by Logan on 07/06/2004
I read somewhere that the question is "Will New Yorkers ride an elevator to dinner?" After lunching at Asiate ("Ozy-ah-tay"), I'm here to say if they don't, they're crazy. Had one of the best splurge lunches there ever just last week--and I'd been to Le Bern the same week. They are definitely comparable--and Asiate's view of Central Park and the Fifth Ave skyline from its 35th floor perch in the new Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Time Warner Bldg) is pretty incredible. Friendly, efficient service was a prelude to the food: the broth of my bouillabaisse-like seafood soup was so deliciously unusual, I asked the 'floating' manager what was in it. Beer and the juice of pressed arugula, I was told, along with the seafood juices. For dessert: hope the passion fruit souffle with concentrated essence of oranges is on the menu. This 3-course prix fixe lunch was a NY steal for $35.
Posted by brett on 11/25/2003
if the opening of asiate is any indication of what is to supposed to become the best concentration of restaurants in ny we are all in for a treat... scallops and crab suckling pig and lobster all fantastic.. if you need any other reason to give it a try the view overlooking central park west and the skyline should be enough..