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80 Columbus Cir., 35th fl., New York, NY, 10019
Views stunning, food awful
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.
Not worth your money
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 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.
Beautiful Space, Food is Confused
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.
Best Place in Manhattan for Breakfast
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.
Views with a room
By Merrick on 11/3/2004
Spectacular views of NY and great views on the plate, in a beautiful setting. Some of the most imaginative food I've yet had in New York. I'm hoping the service comes up to match the rest.
Suffering From Identity Confusion
By GodzillaMama on 1/19/2008
After reading some favorable reviews and being a fan of Japanese-French cuisine, I was looking forward to the evening. I found the menu was confusing to the imagination and suspected it was being over-ambitious, and tasting the dishes at our table proved I was unfortunately right. Some of the dishes went overboard with too many flavors going on without focus, and surprisingly my fish was overcooked, a no-no for a restaurant of this supposed calibre and price range. Japanese-French? Try Fusion X 100. The wine list was indeed impressive but the prices were outrageous, a mark up that exceeds any I've seen to date. I do have to say, though, that the atmosphere was surprisingly laid back, with great, attentive and unpretentious service, and of course the view was outstanding.
A Definite Delight
By Morohless on 11/13/2004
I'm rarely impressed by a restaurant. The food was special, the service attentive and yet allowed us to linger. The menu was fun and interesting but not silly. After a wonderful brunch, I'll go back soon to try dinner.
By daniel_in_ny on 11/23/2004
Primarily we went to Asiate for the great views over Central Park West and Midtown. Much to our surprise, the food was beyond comparison and reasonably priced ($69 for the prix fix dinner) too. Also, the wine menu offered a huge selection and the bottle of Sauternes we had was kept just at the right temperature (by the way, the service is smooth and corteous). The decor in the restaurant is also amazing and the huge display of wine bottles just at the entrance is amazing (although I'm not sure the wine gets better with the light irradiation). Maybe Asiate should reconsider the decor of their bar in the lobby (at least not my taste), but other than that I had a wonderful night.
By martin_chamois on 1/10/2006
Asiate is the stylish and elegant restaurant on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. And while the decor and service matches the height of its location, unfortunately both the menu and kitchen do not. While no one expects a purely Asian menu from this sophisticated restaurant, with a renowned Japanese chef in the kitchen (at least it is reported he is in the kitchen) the diner does expect Asian influence. Rather the international cuisines could be at any French, American, Australian, etc. top restaurant. The prix fixe menu does offer many options and some are far more enticing than others. Service is outstanding, and the atmosphere and views almost compensate for the lack luster performance form the kitchen.
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