80 Columbus Cir., 35th fl., New York, NY, 10019
By omotosando on 9/24/2004
I've been numerous time for breakfast and once for lunch. It has got to be the best place in Manhattan for breakfast - stunning views, if you go after 9:00 a.m., you can usually have the restaurant to yourself and the breakfasts are not that pricey given the location and stunning room (but watch out - they automatically put an 18% tip on the breakfast tab - I didn't notice this my first few times and was leaving a 20% tip on top of that). The waiters are very sweet and attentive (although a few of the women at the front desk are a bit haughty and pretentious). The tea is on the mediocre side - very suprising given it's the Mandarin Oriental for goodness sakes (they have mostly gimmicky teas, rather than just plain old high-quality straight-up tea). I said something about it to the manager and he looked at me like I was a lunatic. Lunch was good, but not great. I doubt given the prices and the plethora of wonderful restaurants in Manhattan that I would rush to have dinner there.
By FoodieToo on 3/21/2005
I loved the room and the view, who wouldn't. The food is over-hyped; a mixture of several different cuisines leaves a curious mixture of flavours. I would go again for the view and the ambiance, but be careful of what I ordered.
By marpaz on 12/11/2006
Go for the views and have a drink at the lounge...but skip the food. It is weird and poorly executed. The tuna is beautiful but it comes with an unpleasant sweet and fishy sauce. The crab is fresh but is drenched in cream. Nothing saves the dry quinoa. The pannacota is sublime but it is accompanied with chunks of squash. It is cute to have six little dishes, but not if they are just weird and bad, (The duck is a winnter though.) The service is unionized hell, our waitress was surly and pressured us to order a $300 dollar wine for Lunch...Why? It just made the whole thing unplesant. We were sat near the bussing table where our waitress was arguing louldly with the busboys, Not a good experience.
By misaokumiko on 11/1/2004
I'm Japanese, and I think this restaurant is a not Japanese nor French. The dishes they serve is not new to us (Japanese). Overall foods are over-cooked and salty. Ordinary Miso-soup served in the crock...give me a break ! Chillian Sea bass is our everyday dish. I'm not paying $$$ for that ! New Yorkers better know what they are eating. This place is definitely a rip-off.
By susie on 7/21/2004
The restaurant and views were both stunning however the food was tasteless and the service very poor. I've had better food in Asian street markets. The sauce of one of the starters was spilt all over the carpet. It wasn't replaced nor cleaned up. We have complained to the restaurant but have had no response.