80 Columbus Cir, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.767959 -73.982338
Mon. - Sat. 7am - 10:30am;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Perfect place to have brunch (or dinner) in the clouds. Gorgeous view of Central Park and the city. Ask for a table by a window when making a reservation. Good is rich and $$$$.
The big prestige restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Asiate has what is undoubtedly one of, if not the best view in New York. It's utterly weatherproof, so watching a storm here is an especially perverse pleasure, one that makes you feel almost godlike in your power. It's great on a nice night too. But plan on bringing a bag of krugerands to pay for your meal.
non existant service. – Went recently. Water and wine glasses wrer not refilled. Waiters avoided eye contact.Were the Only Table not to get Petit fours. NEVER AGAIN!!
Perfection – I have nothing much to say about Asiate. been there last night with my GF. we had the $125 tasting menu for dinner. any other word will be unnecessary. it was, simply put, perfect. the service, food, ambiance, view. it was the ultimate dinning experience. a grand delight. worth the $$$$$, to the penny.
WONDERFUL dining experience – After just one brunch, Asiate has become one of our favorite restaurants. The food is amazing. It’s a 3 course set menu for brunch. 1st course is a tasting menu of 4 things; even if you don’t think you like an item, try it here, the dishes are delicious & innovative! (They’ll explain to you what everything is in vivid detail). 2nd course is your choice of 2 items (the sweet potato raviolis are excellent, as are the melt-in-your-mouth-like-cotton-candy waffles! all of it was spectacular but those were my faves). And then you get 2 scrumptious desserts. My husband & I are STILL dreaming of all the fabulous food we ate here! And a big plus is that the portions are a generous size – you get a great amount of food (unlike at some fine dining establishments where there are only a few bites per course). Of course, the scenic view of Central Park/Columbus Circle is very nice & a huge plus. Service is accommodating & friendly (excluding one chilly hostess…though everything that happened after we were seated helped us to forget her, ha). Sure, it’s not cheap to eat here, but it is worth the money you pay for a special event, or if you have enough money anyway. It is a TREAT & I can’t wait until we eat here again!!
Second visit - very very disappointed – Had a very pleasant experience when visited for the FIRST time last year - where the dishes were delicious and creative, view and atmosphere was amazing, hence decided to go back again for my birthday this year. Just got back from the restaurant actually and just wanted to say WHAT A FREAKING JOKE THE NEW TASTING MENU IS! The food was abysmal. Uni(sea urchin) and oysters to be specific tasted like they’d been soaked in toilet water since they were not fresh; Wagyu beef was soooo salty and over-cooked to the point it was like chewing on charcoal topped with industrial salt!! The tasting menu is compiled with various shellfish, fish, beef and desert. My bf and I were supposed to head to a club but the dinner was soo disgusting that now my bf is in the bathroom throwing up while I'm here typing this review. 2 people, a $570 dinner (tasting menu plus wine pairing, two sparkling water)… Waiter was trying to be very helpful but it’s hard to understand him. Wouldn’t go back even if it’s free unless they change the menu or CHEF.
My favorite place in the city ! – I don't know why everyone says bad things about this place... maybe because they aren't used to dining the way Asiate allows you to dine but I adore this restaurant. I went the other day for lunch for my anniversary and made a reservation online. When we arrived they sat us as close to the window as possible, and when someone by the window moved they allowed us to take that table and the view over Central Park was amazing. You feel like you are eating in heaven almost. The food was incredible and they kept giving us complimentary dishes that were terrific (Spinach cheese bread delights & Shrimp in a special light sauce.) Our entree's were the best my boyfriend had the suckling pig & I had the tenderloin. The service is great and the best part was at the end they surprised us (even though i never once spoke to someone at the restaurant) with an amazing chocolate moose cake with strawberry inside and fruits on top and a candle in a strawberry with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate sauce on the side. It was perfect. 125$ at the end for an amazing lunch. (We had appetizers + a few beers also) The prices are VERY affordable if you have the money. I came for a dinner before this and loved it just as much. I will continue to dine at Asiate!
Go here if you want to get robbed! – I went here for a restaurant week lunch. The waiter asked if I wanted coffee with the dessert and I did, so I ordered it. When the check came, coffee was $8 (!!!) for a cup of regular coffee. I asked if this was a mistake and I was told "no", that is the price. I paid the bill and when I got home, I emailed the manager to express shock at their pricing scheme for coffee. The coffee amounted to 25% of my total bill! The email was misdirected, but when it finally reached the manager, Peian Wong, she completely ignored it. After 3 weeks, I forwarded the message again and she finally replied with basically nothing to say about it. I've told many friends across all income levels about this experience and they uniformly feel that it is obscene and absurd that ASIATE charges $8 for a cup of coffee (especially in this economic environment). The rest of the lunch was good, the view was nice, blah blah, but i was SO TURNED OFF by this outrageous rip off that it ruined the experience for me. I was also deeply disappointed that Ms. Wong chose to ignore my comments until I demanded a reply.
Heavenly - Don't listen to people who are not impressed – I had the most romantic and beautiful experience at Asiate. We went for Brunch and I was glad to go during the day to take in the light, and the views from this restaurant's floor to ceiling windows. The furnishings were covered with gorgeous fabric. When you are there you feel like it's a special day-The food: They give you a menu with appetizers, which you actually get all of- they bring you a small tasting box with a little of everything which was nice since I like to try different foods, without ordering an entire order of something new. There was an intermezzo of lemon sorbet, which was very tasty and cleansed your pallet. After that you chose two of the main course items- also small plates, so I ordered two of the balsamic glazed short ribs which were incredible. After all the small plates, you feel satisfied, but not full- then desert- we were served both the moose, and the bread pudding which I loved. I had never tried the bread pudding anywhere else, since it always sounded so heavy. This dessert was light and almost like a better creme brule- I loved it. They have a wine man that will come to your table and go over any questions you have about their extensive list- we tried some Dreamy Cloud sake' which was delicious. The wine man gave us a lesson about why they serve the sake's there cold rather then hot- the way we were used to drinking sake. This was very informative. He was kind of snooty though, and seemed to think he was better then everyone, but it was expected at such a nice place, I mean he did seem to know his stuff. The rest of the staff, was very nice, and made me feel very comfortable. The patrons seemed to all be from other countries- I guess traveling since we were in a hotel. I heard so many different languages going on- I almost felt like we were in Europe. Anyway- It is a beautiful, special occasion place that I will definitely go back to. Enjoy- it's a heavenly experience!
I wasn't that much impressed with this restuarant given the many raving reviews from friends. The food was OK. I would try it again to see if I come out with the same kind of impression. But so far, their food wasn't memorable for the price you pay. I've had way better food.
Great FOOD – Went here with some friends for my birthday. The server was very friendly and unpretentious. Server was very attentive and took time in explaining the different choices and specials. Server selected a very nicely matched bottle of wine to go with most of our course selections. The sashimi was wonderful. The lamb was prepared exactly to specificatin. All of the food was excellent. The place isn't cheap by any means, but definitely worth it.
Great Special Occasion Fine Dining – The food and service are impeccable. This was my second dining experience at Asiate and our party actually showed up on the wrong day for our reservations but the hostess was gracious, never mentioned our mistake and sat us in the private room anyway. The chef also accommodated a special dessert order. This restaurant is just as amazing as you would expect.
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