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80 Columbus Cir., 35th fl., New York, NY, 10019
By Millerm23 on 4/14/2004
Besides a beautiful view and nice decor, the food was excellent and well presented. The staff was attentive and very professional. In response to mar, we not once felt rushed (we were there for about 2 hours) and the staff did an excellent job describing the menu. This was an outstanding dining experience and a good value for the $65 prix fixed dinner.
By inamagua on 4/19/2004
He comido en los mejores restaurantes del mundo pero este, tiene algo en la comida y en el servicio que te hace pensar despues de haberlo probado. El servicio excelente, la comida, una combinacion excelente, yo si regresaria todas las semanas por buscar algo nuevo en el Lunch menu
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.
The Perfect Restaurant?
By PaulUK on 8/29/2004
First of all, this is the first review I have ever written on the internet... so, why start on Asiate? Well, here is why. When I go to a restaurant I want good food. Thats the bottom line. The food me and my partner ate at Asiate was amazing. The service was brilliant, even down to "little gifts" from the chef during each course. It honestly was the best restaurant I have ever eaten at. Next, the views. Well if anyone can show me a better view than looking over Central Park and the Hudson then I really want to see it. I know that views don't make the food taste better, but they certainly make the whole experience better. The decor was very nice. A glass, walnut and silver theme is obviously present and works very well. Overall I have to give this restaurant 9.5 out of 10. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because there is always room for improvement... actually, saying that I don't know if this can get any better...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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