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130 E. 57th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Lexington Ave.
Great Time With Family Special Event
By cordeliakasbarian1 on 8/26/2014
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 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...... Cordelia Kasbarian NYC
Romantic Bistro in Midtown!
By ElissaBeth on 10/17/2011
Beautiful, romantic space with free jazz! The wine list is very good. I went there for a late night date on the weekend (they sometimes have jazz with no cover on Saturday nights.) Planning to take my folks there for brunch next week. Very French ambiance - fantastic drinks, French bistro style food along with upscale late night lounge foods. I'll get the sushi there sometimes but with so many sushi restaurants here in nyc you're better off with the bistro specialties. Truffle fries, cheese plate, fancy sliders, desserts, etc.) The terrace is super pretty.
Cheers to Chef Ted Pryor
By snc on 1/12/2010
A really nice restaurant in a cool hotel. Lots of little touches that make this experience memorable. Opia is located on the second floor and has large french doors that open onto rounded stoops- makes for nice out door seating. The food was fantastic and very creative. I loved the tuna tartar. It felt like the staff was well trained and that the kitchen was very well run. The atmosphere was young but not trendy while being very comfortable. I will certainly go back hopefully soon.
Loud, expensive, and mediocre
By CynicalSunshine5 on 2/27/2009
This place is terrible if you want to have any kind of conversation with the people you're dining with. The food is overseasoned and trying way too hard. Service is very very slow (it's almost impressive how slow it is). On the plus side, the drinks are fantastic. This place might be good for some rowdy after-work cocktails, but I think they should stop serving food.
Nice dine experience
By perucho on 7/16/2008
It was unexpected. We ended up going for dinner to a place that was recommeneded to be in the lounge. They set us in the dining area, where it was a diferent experience. We where so pelased with the variety of food that we decide to stay. And the details of our server who was intrucing us to the wine experience during dinner was impress WE had a nice time in a quite and inviting room. WE loved the sense of details that they had with us. Its dificult to find friendly service in NY is not like before, and we felt that he cared about us. We will viist them more often and be back for a nice meal.
Fun lounge and great food
By aserelem on 7/16/2008
The suhi was incredible. The server was very french and welcoming us to our unknown french drinks We could spend all night feeling at home. And you can smoke in the balcony without moving out!!! My recomendations to a nice place :)
By ywwan on 12/3/2005
"Date place" is the first thought that jumps to mind as you walk in the door. The music and the vibe is trendy but the setting is intimate and the lighting is very forgiving... And if he doesn't oogle the hot waitresses, you know that you should maybe give him a second chance even if he errs on the boring side of nice... Good drinks and a very respectable choice of nibbles - the shrimp dumplings and the spicy tuna rolls are quite good. Pass on the pizza, the crust is just under-cooked enough to make it taste like soggy cardboard. I wouldn't expect a place like this to meet my high food requirements for dinner so it is probably misplaced in the restaurant category. To me this is firmly just a good date bar with ok nibbles. It is also a fun place for groups. A final warning - they work out a 20% tip and add it to your total on the bill but not to the credit card charge so ultimately its still optional. Although I believe in tipping well, I find such a pointed approach presumptous enough to be mildly offensive.
Rude service with bad food
By goodfoodplease on 1/30/2005
Good for B&T crowd. dining room food was pretty bad with undercooked lamb, and a chocolate tart sopping in a plate of melted ice cream. Service is poor, plain and simple. Waiter is nowhere to be found for 15 minutes. Threw my credit card back at me because they didn't accept Discover, and rolled his eyes at another waiter. Stopped me at the door to ask me why I didn't give them a great tip.
Don't waste your time or money
By shazzabell on 1/16/2003
We experienced average meals with above average prices. Appetizers were ok but the main dishes were totally tasteless. The cod fish was not even cooked properly. We were then told off by the manager because we questioned the 22% auto gratuity added to our bill (which was not stated on the menu), then our waiter followed us out the door questioning why we only left him a VERY generous 15%. WHAT A HYDE!! Horrible experience.
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