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When dining at Asiate in Mandarin Oriental, New York, you'll receive several special edible gifts from the chef before and after your meal. Immediately upon sitting down, you’ll be treated to gougères topped with dried seaweed to whet the palate while you peruse the menu. Your dinner or lunch then starts off with a creative amuse-bouche, like a Caesar salad soup, liquid lettuce topped with couscous and bacon foam, or maybe a watermelon sphere garnished with pickled watermelon rind — the sphere bursts when you spoon it into your mouth. Following your elegant multi-course menu of contemporary American cuisine with Asian flair, you'll be treated to an assortment of tiny sweet treats known as mignardises. When we dined at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, molded chocolates, flower-shaped raspberry jellies and macarons arrived at our table. The edible gifts from the chef at Asiate on the 35th floor of the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, New York, make the dining experience that much more enjoyable.