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Asiate, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York, has sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan and is known for its contemporary American cuisine with an Asian flair. Before you head to this sophisticated restaurant nestled in the Time Warner Center, here are a few things you should know about Asiate:
1. Reservations are strongly suggested. Even if you're heading to Asiate for weekend breakfast and brunch, it's a popular spot. The restaurant serves as the main dining room for the towering Mandarin Oriental, New York, so the dining room can fill up quickly. Make reservations for the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant through the hotel concierge, by calling the restaurant directly or by booking on OpenTable.
2. Asiate only serves tasting menus. If you want a light bite, this New York restaurant may not be the best place for dinner. The restaurant only serves two menus: a three-course prix fixe and a seven-course tasting menu.
3. The menu at Asiate mixes contemporary American fare with Asian influences. On the prix fixe three-course menu, you can expect a range of inventive and delicious dishes like the signature Buckwheat and Eggs, made with soba noodles, osetra caviar and uni cream or the Hawaiian blue prawns and scallops in a coconut broth. The prix-fixe and tasting menus change often to feature seasonal ingredients, including local produce from New York farms and seasonal seafood.
4. Lunch at this New York restaurant is a steal; dinner is a splurge. Dinner costs either $90 for a three-course prix fixe menu or $135 for a seven-course tasting menu, with an additional wine pairing for $95. However, if you head to Asiate for lunch during the week, you can get three courses, plus amuse-bouche and mignardises, for $34. The spectacular view is, of course, complimentary.
5. Asiate is a great spot for cocktails. With an extensive list that’s divided into seasonal, signature, modern classics. Then there's the “like” collection, which are drinks named after and inspired by social media websites. In the winter, try the slightly spicy tequila-based Madam Peppercorn; come spring you’ll surely love the MO Chéri flavored with cherry blossom tea-infused vodka. And for something that’s always in season, you can’t beat the signature Mandarin Sunset, a tart combo of Absolut Mandarin vodka, blood orange purée, lychee juice and Lillet Blanc.
Here’s our list of the five things you should know about Asiate:
Asiate’s seasonal menu features dishes made with fresh, local ingredients brought together in balance and harmony inherent in every aspect of Mandarin Oriental.
Asiate showcases unforgettable views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
Asiate was designed by renowned interior designer Tony Chi, and is ranked as one of New York City’s top restaurants for its décor by 2012 Zagat Survey.
There is a dramatic wall of wine that houses over 1,300 bottles of the restaurant’s collection.
The interior is crowned by a glittering tree-branch sculpture hanging from the ceiling that symbolizes the trees of Central Park in winter.