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Posted by Cordelia Kasbarian on 08/26/2014
I have just had the most satisfying successful event entertaining 18 people in a wedding brunch at Opia Restaurant 130 east 57th Street in NYC. This was due to the very high level of professional direction and assistance I received from the owner Frederick Lesort and the executive manager Jimena Pereyra Terra. The courtesy, direction,and incisiveness I received from Jimena took the weight of successful entertaining off my shoulders. Everything desired was written down by her and stayed in tact and did not have to be repeated on the day of the event to the people in charge of our brunch. They had the same paper and had already reviewed it, therefore the service of the event went very smoothly. And at the same time they were available and flexible to small changes in timing that particularly suited our group. The level of food and was excellent and was offered to my guests on a custom menu made with my choice of color for no additional charge. Since we wanted a champagne toast, I was delighted to have such a high quality of champagne (Paul Goerg) by the glass for such a reasonable price. So, I would highly recommend Opia Restaurant for any family event or special occasion and I will definitely use it again. Such delightful memories….
Posted by just another chef on 06/04/2011
A friend and I stopped by to eat here after noticing the ambiance of the restaurant. The service was ridiculous. There were about four other diners around us, and it was almost like we didn't exist. No one came to speak to us in the wide open restaurant for about 15 minutes, then we finally got water. My friend started withh the goat cheese salad which was pretty good, only when she was done, our entire table was cleared(i mean placemats and all) as if we were leaving. I noticed the waitress arguing with the busboy nearby to reset us because we hadnt gotten our main courses yet. It took 40 minutes to get our entrees. 40. Once we got them we were ignored again until we had to go find the server for a check. My $40 steak suddenly seemed completely overpriced with the treatment that came along with it.
Posted by E.S. on 09/04/2009
Opia is in a convenient location to midtown for both east siders and west siders BUT it is a bit over priced in my opinion. sodas are $5 each and they even charge for refills. we ordered a basket of fries which tasted decent but were also over priced. also there are VERY few vegetarian or health options if you are into that. the ambiance is decent ~ there are two tables in case you want to sit outside, but otherwise you are stuck in the very dim lighting of the indoor restaurant. the service was pretty good overall.
Posted by EK on 03/23/2009
I had never been to Opia before and granted they are undergoing renovations, however, it just seemed so confused. The had a big screen T.V. for watching basketball, very loud 80's music (which I like but not that loud during dinner.) The music was so loud that my friends and I couldn't hear each other and it made having a conversation difficult. They also had a large party going on in the back. So I'd like to ask Opia - are you a lounge, a nice restaurant, a sports' bar, or a catering hall? We also had to wait for 40 minutes for dessert, which the manager did comp for us, but the service wasn't all that wonderful. The steak I have to say was very good, but I doubt I'll go back. It was just too loud and I've found in really loud places it's even hard for the waitstaff to hear the customers, so they make frequent mistakes. Hope this helps.
Posted by Karen on 03/15/2009
Things that were missing - 1. Plates for bread 2. Coffee 3. Napkins 4. Salt/Pepper 5. Worthwhile food The waiter never came by and ignored us when we called him. Will not be coming back.
Posted by tbear on 02/15/2009
Opia has always had a mixed reputation, Euro, Rude, Hip etc. I had not been in years and was reluctant to meet my friend there recently. I have to say I had an excellent meal. Great Wild Mushroom (Chanterelle?) Soup, Hanger Steak, Sole. Very nice deserts. Reasonably priced. Service is a little loose, but well meaning and sweet. The hotel is under construction, which is a little off putting. Pleasantly surprised.
Posted by Aglaia on 01/07/2009
Cute juliet balcony and all but the food is just terrible. They couldn't even get pasta right. Never again.